Why Haven’t You Bought This $40 Sega Genesis Console Yet?

Oh, you want to talk about next-gen? How about a brand new Sega Genesis with 80 games built-in for $39.99?

AtGames (never heard of them until now) is still selling the “Sega Genesis Classic Game Console” in North America. I think this machine has been around since last year, but there seems to be a holiday blitz happening, as you can find it literally anywhere (seriously, my local grocery store has a stack of them at the end of the chips and soda aisle). The console comes with two Genesis-looking wireless controllers, and there are two controller ports if you want to use an older, wired Genesis controller, too. 80 games are built into whatever flash memory the gizmo has on board — 40 of the games are classic Genesis titles, while the other 40 are…well I’m not totally sure. The kicker? You can use actual Genesis cartridges with the console, too, which could breathe new life into that cardboard box of games in your mother’s attic.

Most stores, including Amazon, are selling it for about $50, but Bed Bath & Beyond has it for $39.99. I know what I’m getting my older brothers for Christmas now…

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2 Comments on Why Haven’t You Bought This $40 Sega Genesis Console Yet?


On December 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

You know, I might just have to get this. The Genesis was the first platform I ever gamed on, I’m sure I’d get a kick out of this.


On December 8, 2013 at 4:29 am

I feel bad saying it, but the reasons I won’t buy this are the same reasons I don’t play the regular Genesis anymore despite it being my first and therefore most nostalgia console – namely, emulators and too much investment in the newer consoles to even play said emulators, let alone actually buy another physical console. Plus, I sold most of my cartridges on eBay. It looks like a nice novelty item but not much more than that. What they should try and do is make a console that has several compatibilities and built-in games – e.g. a Genesis/Master System/NES/SNES/Atari/N64 etc type dealy that has built-in games and allows you to use cartridges for all of them. THAT would sell bucketloads.