Most of us remember the SEGA mega drive way back in the early nineties when Sonic ruled, well those days are here again with the release of this handy little gadget called the Arcade nano SEGA mega drive , and it’s a nifty little device.
Basically it’s a mini SEGA mega drive with 10 games pre-installed and it’s a bucket load of fun, there are three versions available the Sonic (which I have) a puzzle and beat em up.
The Sonic version has 5 classic Mega drive games Sonic 1, 2, Sonic 3D, Sonic Spinball and Alex Kidd and with five bonus games Air Hockey, Naval power, Cannon, Fight or lose and Checker there’s plenty of variety.
The device itself is pretty small and this can be a bit fiddly if you’re an adult, yet this doesn`t take away what a nice piece of kit this is, ideal for travelling, it’s a basic plug and play set up and connects to any tv via two RCA. connectors (you will need a scart adaptor for older TV`s) powered by a AAA battery its ideal for keeping the kids quiet on those rainy days whilst on holiday.
Graphics are pretty basic yet very colourfull, which isn`t a problem as this is a Mega drive and gives the whole thing a retro feel, even that good old repetitive arcade music is there as well so parents beware.
The cable could have been a bit longer as standing up in front of the TV does get boring after a while and it would have been nice to have a USB option so it could be used on a PC.
The console itself has four buttons and a joystick and works really well; getting the batteries in and out is also a touch fiddly as you need a really small screwdriver to open it.
The games themselves are very retro with simple graphics and straight forward gameplay although the bonus games aren`t as good as the classic Sonic games.
It comes on a key chain so portability is really good.
The arcade nano SEGA mega drive is a unique little device ideal for taking on holiday to keep the kids quiet or for travellers who want something different to play away from their smart phones, I personally think this is a great idea and introduces the younger generation to some all-time classic SEGA games, this is never going to be as good as a real mega drive but it’s great as a novelty for the retro gamer in your life, ideal stocking filler or birthday present and its reasonably priced to boot.
Nano SEGA Mega Drive
Plug and play
8 directional joystick and 4 buttons
10 built in games
Dimensions: 6.8cm(W)x 4.1cm(D) x 3.2cm (H)