Sega Arcade Classic and Arcade Ultimate Portable Review: An Armchair Arcade Exclusive Video Review

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In this video, I take an exclusive early look at the Sega Arcade Classic wireless game console and Sega Arcade Ultimate Portable handheld player from AtGames, both of which will be released in the US in time for the holidays. This is part 1. Part 2, which will be released a week or so after, will feature more live footage to get an even better sense of the quality of the systems and their capabilities.

Download the video here.

Disclosure: I provided unpaid consulting services to AtGames during the creation of these products. This consulting was related to product performance and marketing feedback, but did not involve anything related specifically to its engineering or production. All review units were provided by AtGames.

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Bill Loguidice
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Sound

You'll hear the sound for real in part two. The capture device glitched the video and the sound.

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Another great review! I've

Another great review! I've never really explored the Sega stuff, so this looks like a good way in. I do have two old Sega Genesis consoles, but both are heavily used and don't seem particularly reliable.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Another great review! I've never really explored the Sega stuff, so this looks like a good way in. I do have two old Sega Genesis consoles, but both are heavily used and don't seem particularly reliable.

The handheld in particular, especially if you don't need two player or save game support. $40 for all that it does is practically a steal, and that's just the list price. Too bad about having to get the TV out cable separate, though.

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Sweet Product

I never had any of the Sega systems, but this looks to be a good time to start. The ability to play all of the old carts, as well as ROM images off the SD card/cart is intriguing. Thanks for reviewing this. I may have to start considering this for a holiday purchase---it's a pretty sweet price-point deal.

Thanks so much for the review!

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Agreed, it's worth taking a look
Shawn Delahunty wrote:

I never had any of the Sega systems, but this looks to be a good time to start. The ability to play all of the old carts, as well as ROM images off the SD card/cart is intriguing. Thanks for reviewing this. I may have to start considering this for a holiday purchase---it's a pretty sweet price-point deal.

There are of course things to nitpick -- lack of stereo, lack of compatibility with homebrews on the console, lack of compatibility with save games on the handheld, maximum composite video output quality, etc., but yeah, even at full list price, getting either of the two systems (or both) for $40 is a great deal considering you get 40 original games with each, which works out to $1 a game. We'll just pretend the other 40 games that make up the 80 total onboard don't exist... ;-)

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Lack of STEREO??? Really?

Lack of STEREO??? Really?

That's a dealbreaker.

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To each their own
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Lack of STEREO??? Really?

That's a dealbreaker.

That may or may not be a deal breaker because it wasn't always common to run the original systems in stereo.

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So.. where can we buy these

So.. where can we buy these things? $40 for a Sega handheld seems about right to me. I hunted down a NOMAD years ago.. wouldnt pay $150 and finally got one for $80. But calling the Nomad a Handheld ( today) seems almost funny.. much like the Lynx, gamegear, heck even the gameboy (original) seems quite large. Going throuhg all this house moving i came across all my handhelds in one box.. GP2-X (or is it GPX-2) man I loved that thing.. if they couldhave just had a good thumbstick on it (without modding it).

There are so many great Sega games that work so well on a handheld.. so many that whrew on the AMIGA too, so you can relive the good old days 2X :)

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You'll be able to buy them at

You'll be able to buy them at most major retailers by November, though likely sooner. If I get advance word of their pending release I'll let everyone know.

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The portable version is interesting!

Excellent informative video, Bill. Very detailed, and seems to tell me everything I needed to know.

I have the previous "Atgames" Sega Genesis device, but never got around to loading it up with ROMs. My main gripe with the older Atgames version is the wireless controllers. While responsive, they also use batteries, which I am not a fan of. Otherwise, it was a very satisfactory purchase.

The new Atgames console accepts wired joysticks and carts, but if I'm understanding your video correctly, it doesn't accept SD cards/ROMS. That'd be a deal-breaker for me, since I don't have a collection of Genesis carts, and don't intend to go out hunting for them. That having been said, it appears that one can still find a fair selection of Genesis carts at specialty video game shops, flea markets, and pawn shops.

The old Atgames device apparently didn't emulate the Genesis sound chip correctly, although I, lacking Genesis experience, didn't notice. Has this been improved in the new devices? The lack of stereo doesn't bother me (unlike Matt), especially if I get the portable version, but I would like reasonably accurate sound emulation.

Thanks for the great video (and the Flashback one). I'm sure a great many retro enthusiasts will appreciate your exclusive look at these devices!

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