Jul 27th 2017

Sega and Atari plug-and-play consoles jumping on the nostalgia train

Can't find a SNES Classic to pre-order? Well, AtGames wants you to have some options. Coming this September, just a little over a week before the SNES Classic gets released, they're releasing a plug-and-play console for classic Sega and Atari consoles. 

The consoles are called the Sega Genesis Flashback and the Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition. They'll be around the same cost as the SNES Classic when they hit shelves. Both of them are jam packed full of games, with the Sega Genesis Flashback holding 85 games (and supporting cartridge games), and the Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition with 130. They both also avoid a lot of the issues the NES Classic ran into. They both support 720p HDMI output, and come with two wireless controllers. They also decided to throw in a few ports for wired controllers, and the ability to save, pause, or rewind in every single game. 

Those are just the most expensive versions of the consoles available from AtGames. They also have less expensive versions with less games and wired controllers, and even portable versions for gaming on the go. There have been a lot of plug-and-play consoles trying to capitalize on the success of Nintendo's  release, but AtGames has put a lot more effort into it than most. If you're curious at all, you can check out their website and see each version for yourself here. 

This is of course separate from the Ataribox which Atari says will be able to play their old games and modern games as well. With all of these nostalgia boxes coming out, it brings up the question of whether that's where the focus should be. There are ways to play a lot of these games, including Nintendo's virtual console, so do they really need their own $80 plug-and-play system? Let me know what you think on Twitter by using my handle, @spencerhavens.