Sega Mega Drive retro console with 80 built in games £39.99 @ Argos
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Sega Mega Drive retro console with 80 built in games £39.99 @ Argos

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Found 12th Oct 2016
Following on from the handheld posted earlier. Argos have knocked 20% off this version, although this includes 80 games built in and 2 wireless controllers. Seems to be at least a tenner cheaper than elsewhere and stock seems to be plentiful. It can take old cartridges but I don't think it has an SD slot.

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apparently build quality is a little poor on this but heat from me anyway

Cold, the controllers are awful

sound emulation is horrible on the built in games

Laminypie

sound emulation is horrible on the built in games

I took it back, it was so bad.
The infrared controllers often didn't work when they weren't 100% pointed at the console too.
Save your brass and get a software emulator - most folk will have a few machines (phone, laptop, tablet, etc) more capable than this and Retroarch does a great job with multiple emulators.

I was quite surprised when browsing Wish, I discovered they are selling what seems to be the original Sega Megadrive II for £33

yeah, get yourself a Pi and instal retropie

dragline79

yeah, get yourself a Pi and instal retropie



​i'm a huge Pi fan the little computers aren't bad either

BubaMan

I took it back, it was so bad. The infrared controllers often didn't work … I took it back, it was so bad. The infrared controllers often didn't work when they weren't 100% pointed at the console too. Save your brass and get a software emulator - most folk will have a few machines (phone, laptop, tablet, etc) more capable than this and Retroarch does a great job with multiple emulators.



​Or you could buy a Mega Drive off of eBay and play MD games the way they were supposed to be played.

AndrewRunagall

​Or you could buy a Mega Drive off of eBay and play MD games the way they … ​Or you could buy a Mega Drive off of eBay and play MD games the way they were supposed to be played.

Very true... If you don't mind the wires and have the old-style TV inputs.
Tracking down games is a little tougher but at least the experience will be unaltered.
Incidentally, the Argos one is composite video only, in case anyone has too new a TV.

Original Poster

I think people forget that although this can be scrutinised as a product, it is surely meant as a gift, a bit of nostalgia. £39.99 would barely get you one full release these days and nobody is going to pack their ps4 or xbox one up for it. Yes you could buy various devices and emulators which would perform better but ultimately the average joe unwrapping this on Christmas morning would be made up with it.

Banned

This is made by AtGames who make some of the worst third party hardware you can think of. Might as well get a Pi2 instead.

Hiltron09

I think people forget that although this can be scrutinised as a product, … I think people forget that although this can be scrutinised as a product, it is surely meant as a gift, a bit of nostalgia. £39.99 would barely get you one full release these days and nobody is going to pack their ps4 or xbox one up for it. Yes you could buy various devices and emulators which would perform better but ultimately the average joe unwrapping this on Christmas morning would be made up with it.


If it's for nostalgia, and an actual quality nostalgia console then the Mini NES is the right choice to go with. It's only about £7 more than this.

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Spasho

This is made by AtGames who make some of the worst third party hardware … This is made by AtGames who make some of the worst third party hardware you can think of. Might as well get a Pi2 instead.If it's for nostalgia, and an actual quality nostalgia console then the Mini NES is the right choice to go with. It's only about £7 more than this.



Is a raspberry pi pick up and play for the masses? I haven't looked into but from what I can see I wouldn't have a clue what I'm doing building one.

Appreciate the nes comment although for someone like myself who went from C64 to master system, mega drive, snes and so on the nes won't hold much nostalgia as I never had one.

New one is out soon. Think it's the same hardware but different selection of games. There is a version with an SD slot but that's made by a different company.

Or THIS
Edited by: "skykid3" 12th Oct 2016

The Pi and Retropie is basically piracy.

skykid3

Or THIS



​Thanks! just bought one of these for my fella, I asked him if he wanted the sega or the snes and he said both! Hopefully this'll be better!

Do you know when the new one is out please??

waynester21

New one is out soon. Think it's the same hardware but different selection … New one is out soon. Think it's the same hardware but different selection of games. There is a version with an SD slot but that's made by a different company.


tracyandluke08

Do you know when the new one is out please??



​Think it was supposed to be out last month but just checked Funstock.co.uk and it says pre-order for delivery before Christmas. It's £69.99 though but does have better games. It's 25th anniversary edition.

Thanks for your reply. As someone who knows nothing about these can you tell me what the difference is between this one and the one currently out? (For the extra £20) days guaranteed Christmas delivery so would have to hope that's the case I guess!

waynester21

​Think it was supposed to be out last month but just checked F … ​Think it was supposed to be out last month but just checked Funstock.co.uk and it says pre-order for delivery before Christmas. It's £69.99 though but does have better games. It's 25th anniversary edition.


Thanks for your reply. As someone who knows nothing about these can you tell me what the difference is between this one and the one currently out? (For the extra £20) days guaranteed Christmas delivery so would have to hope that's the case I guess!

waynester21

​Think it was supposed to be out last month but just checked F … ​Think it was supposed to be out last month but just checked Funstock.co.uk and it says pre-order for delivery before Christmas. It's £69.99 though but does have better games. It's 25th anniversary edition.


tracyandluke08

Thanks for your reply. As someone who knows nothing about these can you … Thanks for your reply. As someone who knows nothing about these can you tell me what the difference is between this one and the one currently out? (For the extra £20) days guaranteed Christmas delivery so would have to hope that's the case I guess!



​It does exactly the same and looks exactly the same. It's just got better games built in. Think there are 40 Mega Drive games and 40 other games built in. It's the 25th anniversary of Sonic so they'll be on there. 3 Mortal Kombats are on there too.
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