I just want to say thanks to reader chickendave who earlier in the week recommended the AtGames Mega Drive at Argos, as they currently have it at a clearance sale price of £37.99.
AtGames’ retro consoles have come under a lot of criticism in the past so I have stayed clear and was waiting for the upcoming Mega Drive Mini in September.
Even at the sale price I wasn’t sure, but reading up a bit on the history (according to the Internet) is pretty interesting. It looks like AtGames was involved in the early work for the Mega Drive Mini but at some point stopped working on it. Without much fanfare the current AtGames Mega Drive was revised in 2019 by AtGames using some of the improvements being worked on for the Mega Drive Mini. The 2019 model in Argos now is a new one with better emulation, sound, design of the console, and screen filter. You can tell from the box whether it is the new model as it has the volume slider as part of the Mega Drive casing.
It has two wireless six button controllers, an SD card slot (usable with a firmware update referenced in the manual) as well as support for your old controllers and cartridges. These are all features that the upcoming Mega Drive Mini doesn’t have.
The controller even has a rewind button, which is just what you need when playing Sonic! You reviewed the new Mega Drive game Tanglewood in 2018, giving it a score of 8/10, so I downloaded the official demo ROM from the developer’s website, loaded it on the SD card and it runs like a dream.
All in all a decent little console that is giving me a big nostalgia fix and introducing my children to the delights of retro gaming!