When it comes to classic games consoles, it looks like Nintendo is no longer the leader of the pack. A pair of new Flashback consoles have been announced, both offering more games and options for players to enjoy. Get ready to dive into expansive libraries for both the Atari 2600 and the Sega Genesis.
While the NES Classic Edition was nice and all, it fell a bit shy of many folks' expectations. For starters, its library was only 30-games deep. Secondly, it came with a tethered controller that had a reach of about three feet. Finally, and easily the cause of the most frustration, is the fact that Nintendo produced like 37 of the things, released them once and then decided to call it quits.
All of those problems look to be out of the equation with a couple of new classic consoles recently announced by AtGames based on both the Atari 2600 and Sega Genesis. They're called the Atari Flashback 8 Gold and the Sega Genesis Flashback and, along with HD-ifying their classic libraries, they both offer a whole bunch of nifty features folks are sure to enjoy.
First up is the Atari Flashback 8 Gold, which comes packed with 120 built-in games including the likes of Pitfall, Space Invaders, Kaboom, River Raid, Centipede and more. If you've got a favorite Atari game, chances are pretty good it's in this collection. To sweeten the pot, you'll also get a pair of wireless controllers made to look and feel like the old-school originals. If you want to go "actual" old-school, though, then you can use the legacy controller ports to plug in paddles and joysticks of your own.
The Atari Flashback outputs at 720p via HDMI but, with scanline filtering and the ability to save, pause and rewind every game on the machine. That rewind feature is becoming popular in classic games, and we're definitely a big fan of its implementation.
Next up is the Sega Genesis Flashback console, which does a whole bunch of the same things. For starters, it's got 85 games built into the machine, including titles from the Sonic series, Mortal Kombat series, Phantasy Star series, Shining Force series and more. What's even cooler, though, is that the machine has an integrated cartridge port. If you still have Genesis games lying around, or stumble over some at a garage sale, they'll work in this new machine.
The Genesis Flashback comes with a pair of wireless controllers, too, as well as ports to plug in controllers of your own. It also ouputs at 720p through HDMI, has scan line filtering and the ability to save, pause and rewind all of the games.
Look for both of these consoles to hit store shelves this fall. If they sell out too quickly, we seriously doubt AtGames will pull a Nintendo and simply decide to never do extra runs.