Atari And Sega Retro Consoles Announced
Digital media and technology company AtGames has revealed the launch dates for their line of six retro consoles, which feature a variety of Sega and Atari games, HD compatibility, wireless controllers, and more. Each system provides a unique experience, with options for portability and differing game libraries available at varying price points.
The Atari Flashback Portable Game Player allows you to bring a library of 70 games, including Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Frogger, on the go. Along with portability, this system offers the option to hook up and play on your TV. It will be available beginning September 1 for $59.99.
The Atari Flashback 8 Gold holds a library of 120 built-in games, including classic titles such as Pitfall!, Space Invaders, and Kaboom! Stylized after the Atari 2600, this system also integrates a save/pause/rewind feature and will be available starting September 22 at a price point of $79.99 .
The Sega Genesis Flashback features 85 built-in games including the Sonic series, Mortal Kombat series, and Shining Force series. In addition, it is being released with an integrated cartridge port that plays most Sega Genesis and Mega Drive original cartridges. It becomes available on September 22 for $79.99.
For a full list of systems and their features, head over to AtGames Flashback Zone.
After seeing the success of the NES Classic Edition and upcoming SNES Classic Edition, it's no surprise that Atari and Sega (via AtGames) are jumping on the retro console bandwagon. However, this is a situation where more does not equal better. The simplicity of Nintendo's singular console releases is part of what makes it such a successful endeavor. AtGames seems to be going for too much variety here, and while certain property licenses may be partly responsible for releasing so many different systems (six in total), I think the oversaturation of options is going to be a detriment to the performance of these consoles.