Best SEGA CD Consoles in 2020

Sega Game Gear Console with Sonic 2 Game Included Review:

In 1997, Wild Arms hit the scene and pretty much served as a good way to make an RPG on the Playstation. It was simple and easy to get into. Unfortunately, the game was overshadowed by Square's Final Fantasy VII. Thus, Wild Arms, like several RPGs to be released on the original Playstation, took a backseat to Square's huge flagship title.

Wild Arms takes place in the world of Filgaia. A place that is slowly becoming a wasteland and people called "Dream Chasers" wander the lands. Some in search of treasures and others who are just drifting by. The game focuses on Rudy, Jack and Cecilia. As the game begins you are given the choice to select one of the three. This tradition would soon find its way into future installments of the series. The story itself isn't bad, but it gets off to an incredibly slow start. Impatient gamers will barely make it through the prologue of the game.

Wild Arms is by no means a difficult game to play. It's all rather simple. Even in 1997 it was putting a different spin on the genre as a whole. On the field, each character had tools to use. Rudy, for example, as bombs which he can use to blow up crates and passages in dungeons. Because of the tool system, dungeon crawling in Wild Arms was a bit more intuitive than in many RPGs which simply made you walk from point A to point B. There are plenty of puzzles to solve in Wild Arms and it makes dungeon crawling a bit more fun. Of course, it wouldn't be an RPG without a few battles as well.

The game uses a simple battle engine. It's a basic turn based battle system. You select your commands and then watch the battle play out. There are other twists to the battle system that Wild Arms throws into the mix, however. You have your choice of weapons and a fair share of skills which cost MP, but there's also the Force Points system. By taking damage and dishing it out, you'll fill up a force gauge. Using Force Points allows you to perform some really useful skills in combat. For example, Jack can use an accelerator skill which will make him go first in a round.

Even for 1997 Wild Arms wasn't the best looking game out there. It had some pretty neat looking landscapes and sprites, but there's some noticeable lag in battle and while it isn't a bad looking game, there were games released the previous year on the Playstation that looked far better. In short, Wild Arms looks like a late generation Super Nintendo game. Wild Arms has never been known for pushing or setting graphical standards, though, and it doesn't really hinder the game whatsoever.

Despite its short comings in the graphic department, it truly excels in the music department. There are some good tunes here. The sound effects could use a bit of work, but it's not so bad in the long run.

While the game was overshadowed by Square's Final Fantasy VII it still remains a classic in the RPG realm and even managed to spawn a series. In the long run, Wild Arms is a worthwhile game.

The Good:

+Decent storyline
+Simple and fun battle system
+Dungeon exploring is more interesting with the inclusion of puzzles
+Good soundtrack

The Bad:

-A good story, but very slowly paced
-Not the best graphics in the world

Blue Sega Game Gear Review:

This is a great system for 90s kids and millenials into retro games. It shipped faster than expected and the quality was above what I expected it to be. Keep in mind these systems are notorious for bad capasitors, this one is in great shape for its age, and the screen is a lot better than most. Id recomend this product, but not for the novice gamer. The games require a 90s knowledge of how to get them working again, they do eat batteries like crazy, and for its size, its not very portable. Thats the only reason Im not giving 5 stars. Other than that, they hold their value, replacement parts are easy to find and not too difficult to refurbish if you have basic electronics smarts, has great game selection and...its a game gear! The only credible rival to the gameboy.

Sega Genesis - Nomad Review:

The SEGA Genesis Nomad console is probably the coolest yet most hardly known piece in the long list of crazy hardware SEGA's R&D team created based on the Genesis. Thankfully the gaming community is beginning to notice this console again- you might have found yourself here after watching a review of the Nomad on YouTube. You might find yourself in debate on whether to purchase one of these handhelds- being that of all the SEGA hardware I own my Nomad is my most prized possession, I absolutely can recommend to you yes it is worth it.

Ok, you've probably heard all of the complaints regarding the Nomad already (it's so huge! It devours batteries! The screen looks like crap!), but come on- it's an entire Genesis crammed into a handheld that was on store shelves next to the original black-and-white Gameboy. It is a large device but surprisingly it's actually really comfortable to hold. The case has a slight curvature on it and there are some slight indents on the rear for your fingers. Coming from a Gameboy the Nomad definitely feels like it was made for adult hands, versus the small square package you got with Nintendo. Another small but really nice point- the Nomad has an amazingly good D-Pad, probably the best I've ever felt. Rather than the traditional 'plus' sign the Nomad has a little circular button that has an indent for your thumb to rock back and forth in. I play my Nomad a lot, and whenever I go to play one of my other Genesis consoles with a regular SEGA 3-Button controller, I find myself missing the D-Pad on my Nomad almost immediately.

A stock Nomad is pretty well worth it as long as you purchase some decent rechargeable AA batteries for it. I've heavily modded my Nomad though with a modern replacement LCD screen and a LiPo battery. The mods weren't the hardest things to do (if you can use a soldering iron, Dremel tool, and a hot glue gun you can pretty much do these mods yourself), and they've improved the functionality of my Nomad ten-fold. The Nomad becomes even more useful if you invest in an Everdrive flash cartridge like I have- while expensive, it's so much easier taking the thing around with me when I have all of my games (and then some) on one cartridge. Even so, most Genesis titles aren't too expensive to start with (thank goodness the SNES collectors haven't targeted the Genesis yet) so if you're starting off with a small library it's easy to expand.

My Nomad gets a surprising amount of use- it's just nice having a portable Genesis. I can relax in bed or on the couch or at the kitchen table or wherever and not be tied to a television, I can take it out onto my patio on nice days and play some games in the sun, I bring it with me when I'm in the waiting room at the dealership when I'm getting my car worked on, and I love bringing it to my local video game store and seeing other gamers' reactions to seeing it ("is that a Game Gear?" "No, it's better than a Game Gear!").

All in all, the SEGA Nomad is a fantastic handheld that can play an already awesome library of games, and it has some great modding potential to overcome the few flaws that it has. I still have a hard time understanding everyone who claims that the handheld was 'awful', because my Nomad is probably my most fun (and most used) video game item I own.

Sega Genesis Classic Game Console - Sega Gear Review:

 I was looking for the original sega genesis console but had no luck finding one in my area, and grew impatient with long shipping times and costs. Bought this instead to satisfy my urge to play my beloved sonic games from when I was a kid.
Scratched the itch.

I'm not a gamer, and I'm not one to make a fuss if the newer versions aren't identical to the older ones. If you want a console that plays all your favorite genesis games, and are not obsessed with having the original audio (though it's very close to the original sonic intro songs - they're a tad off) this is worth the buy.

No complicated settings, no profiles or accounts, very literally an arcade like system that brings you back to the nineties to play some mortal kombat or sonic and knuckles.

The console itself is small, comes with everything you need to set up and play within a couple minutes.

The only con, I wish there was an option to save your progress. But to be honest, I don't remember if that was a feature of the original sonic games on genesis anyway.

Game Gear Sega Portable Video Game System Review:

The Sega Game Gear has wonderful graphics and sound. The graphics are backlit much like a laptop is so you can play in the dark. The graphic quality is often dependent on the game -- some games have nice large characters while others are hard to see. The sound is nice and crisp, loud enough to be heard by the hearing-impaired without headphones. I'm always impressed by how good it sounds thru those little speakers. You can also plug in headphones for continued nice sound without bothering others. On these merits alone I would recommend the Sega Game Gear, but you should be aware of the following:
1. It uses 6 AA batteries at a time and lasts between 2-4 hours, depending on the battery. Those backlit graphics and excellent sound come at a price. I recommend getting an AC adapter.
2. The Powerback rechargeable battery, which used to attach to the original Game Gear manufactured by Sega via a screw in the back, will not attach to these new ones produced by Majesco. The screwhole in the back is covered in plastic, and my attempt at drilling a hole failed as the screw will not stay in the unthreaded plastic.
3. I heard that the TV tuner made for the original Gear won't work with these new units either. I have not confirmed this myself.
4. Though the number of different games is plentiful, they are harder to find than for other portables. I have yet to find a retail store that carries them. Your best bet is online or at a used game store.

Sega Game Gear Review:

Both handhelds have good qualities; the Gameboy had a longer battery life, used less batteries, had a massive selection of titles, and was smaller and easier to carry. But one of the big problems, it was in black and white and didn't have a backlit screen. This proved difficult to play while on long car rides in the back seat at night.
The Game Gear had great titles, a backlit screen, color display and great sound. But, the sound only lasted so long. The capacitors were weak, and after a few years of play would burn up. The screen although color, would generate horozontal lines around the same time the sound would cut out. Another problem too, is that the screen would start to fade, even though it had a lighting adjustment on the side.
Needless to say, both handhelds were great, reasonably priced and had more than enough games to keep one occupied. If I had a choice between the two, I would go with a Game Gear. With a little tender love and care, the system will last a lifetime. Even if you have to open it up and replace the faulty parts, which is quite easy with the right tools.
If you get the chance to pick one of these up for a reasonable price, grab it. You won't regret it.

KINHANK 3.5 inch HDMI output Handheld game player, Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Game console With Retropie or Recalbox system, support over 50 emulators and 50,000 games Review:

I've purchased several Raspberry Pi 3 B+ consoles and built my own Recalbox Intel Core i5 PC tower but this is probably the best console I've purchased thus far. Most of the games (90%+) will work and run properly. Of course some might have some audio or startup issues which is to be expected. But I was shocked that the Star Wars Arcade coin-op game (1983) ran very smoothly with no issues despite it's a history of not working properly with emulators! Another problem is the sound audio with Zaxxon but I believe there is a work around with that arcade game. The only other drawback is that the acrylic case is a bit uncomfortable to hold after a period of time because the edges of the case are a bit sharp so it's not ideal for hand held gaming for extended periods of time. I was planning on adding some padding around the edges because I like to use it as a handheld console for quick gaming. I haven't tried the HDMI output w/ controller yet but that's probably more ideal for longer gaming sessions. Overall the screen looks nice and the button layout while not ideal is satisfactory. Would I purchase it again? I'm pretty sure I would despite it's misgivings. I think the price is fair since it can be used as a handheld or console hooked up to a TV when you need it to. It does come with a D-pad controller if you need it too.