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Sega Genesis Retrogen Handheld Game

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Comptaible with Sega Genesis game cartridges
  • 2.8 inch color LCD screen with 262k color graphics
  • Measures 6 x 2.75 x 1.25 inches
  • Weighs in at 5.2 ounces on it's own
  • Integrated headphone jack with Dolby Stereo Sound and Built-in rechargeable battery pack

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002SCUL0C
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5.5 x 6.8 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 17, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,198 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

PLAYS ORIG. SEGA GENESIS GAMES IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND Sega Genesis was the leader in the 16-bit video game revolution. It featured brilliant graphics, advanced stereo sound, and a vast library of titles. Resurrect the memories and carry them wherever you go! The RetroGen handheld console plays all of your favorite Genesis and Megadrive game cartridges. Displaying in stunning detail on a 2.8 inch color LCD screen, you'll experience the nostalgia of your glory days when you were glued to the TV for hours without end. Required 3 AAA batteries (not included)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nomad, Retrogen, and GenMobile comparison June 19, 2010
By PSony
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I own the Retrogen, GenMobile, and the Nomad and they all have their strengths and weaknesses.

I suspect the Retrogen and GenMobile were made in the same factories because they have the same compatibility with games, same sound issues, same build quality, and same "Firecore" menu.

Compatibility - Winner: Nomad
The Nomad has actual Genesis hardware inside, while the Retrogen and GenMobile use emulation. I've run across a few games that don't work at all on the Retrogen and GenMobile (such as Super Street Fighter 2). The Nomad on the other hand will play any game, even Virtua Racing. The Nomad uses the same video and power cable as the model 2 Genesis and has a controller port that accepts any Genesis controller for player 2. The Retrogen and GenMobile don't even have a controller port, making them 1 player only systems. They will play most Genesis games, but you might run into 1 or 2 that don't work.

Screen - Winner: draw
The Nomad has the biggest screen but being technology from the mid-90's, it is very hard to see. The Retrogen's screen is smaller than the Nomad's, but it's a huge improvement in clarity. It's not perfect, as there is a slight green tint (very noticeable on blacks and yellows) and the viewing angle is not as good as the GenMobile. The GenMobile has an even smaller screen than the Retrogen, but it is brighter and has a wider viewing angle. It depends if you want a bigger screen or more brightness.

Sound - Winner: Nomad
Games sound as they should be on the Nomad, where as on the Retrogen and GenMobile they are off pitch. Streets of Rage 2 just sounds awful on the Retrogen and GenMobile. The Retrogen and GenMobile also only output mono sound.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sega Nomad Redux... December 26, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This thing is made of WIN!! I've tested almost all of my games on it and about 95% of my Genesis game library works well on the system. The reason I say this is because it's not actual Genesis hardware under the hood but rather a decent Sega Genesis emulator on a portable gaming system that runs the roms right off of the actual Sega Genesis and Megadrive cartridges. The only game I'm really disappointed in is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Unfortunately, the game boots but I can't get past the title screen. The sound is also a little off on most games and there is a tiny bit of slowdown in the heat of the action, but I can forgive most or all of the RG's flaws (including the system being only for 1 player unless of course it's a "two player alternating" kind of game) because it's SEGA!! And it's fricking PORTABLE!! GENESIS GAMING IN THE PALM OF MY HAND!!

Anyway, I've also fully charged (3 hours charging= 6-8 hours game time with the built-in rechargeable lithium battery) it once with the included USB charging cable on my computer. They also make USB chargers that plug into the wall and that would take a load off my mind because then I could charge it anywhere without worrying about somebody knocking my fragile RG on the floor. My family's computer desk is kind of a high traffic area. I also want to buy a micro fiber cloth and a screen protector to keep the system's fragile screen in pristine shape or near pristine...I already made a few itty bitty scratches from just touching the system...:-( I also somehow trapped a piece of fuzz behind the screen that hopefully dislodges itself eventually. It's barely noticeable but I'm terribly anal and OCD about my electronics and disc media.

Anyone who knows me would know this...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesomeness on the go February 1, 2011
A Kid's Review
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I am only 11 and have never played an actual genesis but I saw this and had to get it. the built-in games arent that bad. I bought this and two games because I dont have any games from the 90's [probally cause I was born in 2000] but if you are debating over which genesis handheld to buy get this one it can even fit in your pocket when it has a game in it the gameplay is awesome the portability is awesome THE RETROGEN IS AWESOME!!!!! buy this now!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money. November 24, 2013
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This thing did not work. You couldn't even play original sega genesis games like it says. Don't waste your time or your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome device December 13, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Retrogen is an awesome device to say the least. I will admit that it was smaller that I thought it would be. However, it can play just about any Sega Genesis or Sega Megadrive cartridge made. I still have yet to find one that it can't play. I have noticed that a Game Genie will NOT work on it though. Regardless, it still awesome. It has a built-in battery pack that is rechargeable. It uses a USB port on a computer to recharge. This seemed to be a problem at first since I don't actually own a computer yet, but I noticed that my Xbox 360 has a USB port on it, so I'm able to charge it up using my 360. It also comes with AV cables so it can be played on your TV. The only major downside to this is that the Retrogen's sound is not very sharp. The music & sound effects sound somewhat dulled down. However, graphics are just as I remembered them when I would use my Sega Genesis. Playing the Xbox 360 & PS2 over the years has spoiled me to the point where I'm used to using a thumbstick instead of a control pad. If you have the means, I highly recommend it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Retro Experience with Genesis Games!
An Excellent Handheld from Retrogen! Bring Your Sega Genesis games on the Go!
Published 17 days ago by Prince of Peace
4.0 out of 5 stars Modular
This a a great device, well worth the price. I have not found a cartridge that fails to work. My only prob..screen is small. . Read more
Published 9 months ago by VML
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this
This is so much fun and used games are really cheap. Relive your childhood and it hooks up to the TV for parties.
Published 11 months ago by Guy in a band
5.0 out of 5 stars Retrogen
This thing is amazing.

But keep in mind, if the battery is low, the controls dont respond as quick, buy it.
Published 20 months ago by Super Special Awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh... MY... GOSH!
First of all, there is one major flaw with this system. The D-Pad on the actual console is different than the picture. It is more like the Gizmondo D-pad than anything else. Read more
Published on March 4, 2011 by Peter Ernst
5.0 out of 5 stars retrogen like whoa
amazing . great potability. plays games amazingly. might as well buy this instead of a real genesis. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS NOW
okay you mite b thinking this sounds stupid! or i think i'll get the genmoble instead. DONT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE REVIEWS [sorry I forgot to turn off caps lock] you will see one that... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars The Retrogen is AWESOME!
The Retrogen is awesome for any one who wants to play Genesis games on the go. The Retrogen also has played all of my games that work and ill post them up aswell as some more. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Gruntzilla94
4.0 out of 5 stars A cheap way to play Genesis on the go!
I've been interested in this device since reading about it on a retro gaming website. Ever since the Nomad has been around, I have always wanted a portable Sega Genesis but it was... Read more
Published on August 23, 2010 by William G. Piper
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun gadget for the retrogamers.
Considering the price and availability of other options, this is an excellent choice. No it does not have built in Sega games, but the point of buying such an item is the ability... Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by Libbi
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