I’ve had a dream of bringing my Sega Genesis games on the go for over a decade. The PSP once had a great Sega Genesis compilation — but the Vita never had one. The Nintendo 3DS has some amazing Sega arcade and Genesis games, perfectly restored by M2, but they’re all sold separately. Standalone handheld offerings have generally been pretty awful. When the new Sega Genesis Classics compilation came out earlier this year on PS4 and Xbox One, I loved it — and wished for a Nintendo Switch version. That moment has arrived, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s really, really good. So far, it’s nearly perfect… except for its missing games. The value proposition is off the charts here. For $30, you get 51 games. Many of the games on the list are really, really good. Others are mediocre. None are total garbage filler. Some long-dormant rarities are back, including both Toejam & Earl and its sequel, Panic on Funkotron. Want more good news? These games work with two Joy-Cons, so the many multiplayer-enabled games can be played on the go. Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Columns — yes, it’s nice. Joy-Cons can be split into two mini controllers, and Golden Axe played perfectly with Josh Goldman while kickstanding the Switch on my desktop. So far, games look like they’re playing perfectly, too, with audio and frame rate seeming spot-on. This is the stuff that usually bugs me about retro game boxes, and killed the Sega Genesis Flashback… [Read full story]
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