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Retro-Bit Generations brings arcade classics home

Retro-Bit Generations brings a...
Retro-Bit Generations is releasing a new plug-and-play console loaded with over 100 games from the arcade era
Retro-Bit Generations is releasing a new plug-and-play console loaded with over 100 games from the arcade era
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Retro-Bit Generations is releasing a new plug-and-play console loaded with over 100 games from the arcade era
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Retro-Bit Generations is releasing a new plug-and-play console loaded with over 100 games from the arcade era

It's fast turning into 1990 all over again. Within the next few months, Nintendo's iconic NES is being shrunk down and loaded up with games, and Sega is following suit with a new mini Mega Drive. But for those whose gaming nostalgia brings up memories of noisy arcades and dingy bars, the Retro-Bit Generations takes over 100 classic games from the arcade era and jams them onto one little machine.

Previous Retro-Bit devices have relied on existing cartridges from consoles like the NES, SNES and Genesis, but unless you have a garage full of games, it's a fair investment to start collecting now. Retro-Bit Generations does away with the cartridge compatibility, loading all the games onto the device itself, much like the NES Mini and Mega Drive Classic.

Retro-Bit worked with developers like Capcom, Data East, Jaleco and IREM to build up a sizeable library for its new machine. A full list of the 100+ games isn't available yet, but so far we know the console houses the likes of Ghosts' N Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Kid Niki Radical Ninja, Kung-Fu, Captain Commando, Kickle Cubicle, Rival Turf, Super R-Type, Knights of the Round, Brawl Brothers, Ring King and the Super Bases Loaded series.

Like the Mega Drive remaster, Retro-Bit's console comes with two USB-connected, old school-styled controllers out of the box, while Nintendo charges extra for player two to join in. On the other hand, Retro-Bit connects to the TV via either composite or HDMI ports, with the more modern option sorely lacking from the mini Mega Drive. To top it off, there's also an SD card slot for transferring game save files between consoles, which could help bring back memories of taking games over to friends' houses.

Retro-Bit Generations is estimated to be available in September or November for US$59.99.

Source: Retro-Bit

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WayneEverettFoster
Sega is most likely not doing the mega drive a company called at games as already released versions in the past at least one of which had poor sound quality and cheep controllers. about half the games in this new version are not sega games instead they are at least some of them poor quality thrown together games as in past versions. Nintendo though is actually making making the mini and probably they quality nintendo is known for. If sega were involved with the new genesis almost certainly it would be alot better quality then at games has put out. you tube is probably flooded with reviews of past versions. I am interested in nintendo's mini nes and reto-bit's Generations. I already have 2 versions of at games genesis.