Sega Genesis Retrogen Handheld Game
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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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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
While not perfect, the device is worth the low price amount. If you want a better Sega hand-held, there's always the Nomad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An Excellent Handheld from Retrogen! Bring Your Sega Genesis games on the Go!Published 17 months ago by Prince of Peace
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 morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Veronica Lakewood
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 on November 24, 2013 by avid reader
This is so much fun and used games are really cheap. Relive your childhood and it hooks up to the TV for parties.Published on September 22, 2013 by Guy in a band
This thing is amazing.
But keep in mind, if the battery is low, the controls dont respond as quick, buy it.
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 morePublished on March 4, 2011 by Timothy Ernst
amazing . great potability. plays games amazingly. might as well buy this instead of a real genesis. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011
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 morePublished on February 12, 2011
The Retrogen is an awesome device to say the least. I will admit that it was smaller that I thought it would be. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Bastion Blare