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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


Product Details

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  • 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: #47,115 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • 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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34 of 36 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A cheap way to play Genesis on the go! August 23, 2010
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
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 always too expensive. Enter the RETROGEN, priced at under $30. I was a bit skeptical about the quality after reading some reviews, but at that price, I decided to try it out. I'm glad I did. First impression was that this portable gaming device is extremely light! That's because it uses an emulator to run the games and not actual Genesis (or cloned) hardware. This also creates problems. One of the problems is that the emulator may have some trouble with certain games. While as of yet I have had no problems, I've read about others who did. Also, the emulator doesn't properly play the music correctly. It sounds a bit off, but it's not really that distracting. The device has only one speaker, so you're getting mono sound as well. Now as for the positive aspects of the device, the screen is of a good decent size and very easy to see. The device also charges up by plugging it into an USB port for several hours. There is also an AV output option to play this on a TV. The six buttons, despite being at an angle, actually handle quite well. Now as for the directional pad, there are some issues with it. If you try to play a fighting game, especially those that mimic the Street Fighter controls (down, down / forward, forward + punch, etc...), these motions will not work! So you'll be playing a fighting game but will not be able to do any of the special moves. Quite frustrating to say the least. However, on other games, like action titles, I had no problem playing. If want to play Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter or any other fighting game on the go, then you're better off not getting this.

While not perfect, the device is worth the low price amount. If you want a better Sega hand-held, there's always the Nomad.
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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 8 months 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 17 months ago by Veronica Lakewood
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money.
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.
Published 18 months ago by avid reader
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 20 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 on December 26, 2012 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 Timothy 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome device
The Retrogen is an awesome device to say the least. I will admit that it was smaller that I thought it would be. Read more
Published on December 13, 2010 by Bastion Blare
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
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