Most of us are used to hearing about Xbox One vs PS4, but this year a new rivalry might just eclipse the current one.
And by new, we mean old. After Nintendo announced it was to re-release the NES console, news came that a Sega Mega Drive, or Genesis to our pals across the pond, re-release was also on the cards.
But it seems that the news was misleading to say the least. The 'new' Genesis re-release is actually just a rebranding of an emulator that's been around for a while.
With that in mind, we thought we'd tlay out all the information for both these consoles to give you a better idea of what's going on. What does each console offer? Can you play all your old games on both? We've got the answers to all your questions right here.
Sega vs Nintendo – The consoles explained
When it comes to the Mega Drive/Genesis, the console isn’t built by Sega, but licensed by third-party manufacturer ATGames. ATGames has been making an emulation box for years, and has merely rebranded its product for this year.
The NES Classic Edition, on the other hand, is being built by Nintendo, and is a miniaturized version of the original NES from 1985.
Also, while the NES hooks up to your telly via the HDMI cable, Sega fans will need to hook up via old fashioned AV cables – another clue that the Mega Drive console isn't exactly an official re-release. It's also worth bearing in mind you'll need an AC adapter for the USB cable which powers the NES classic as the adapter doesn't come bundled with the console itself.
Nintendo's offering also comes with one controller, modelled on the original joypad, which can be plugged into a Wii Remote in order to play Virtual Console games on Wii or Wii U. You'll also be able to use your Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro on the NES Classic, so multiplayer shouldn't be too much of an issue. Additional NES controllers will also be avaialble separately.
AtGames' Mega Drive copy comes with two official-looking controllers, but be warned – several outlets have reported the consol itself doesn't feature any official Sega hardware and it seems the machine itself leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to actually running the games. Sound reproduction has been singled-out as particularly shoddy.
Sega vs Nintendo – Games
The Megadrive does come with 80 games built-in. Among the bundled games are every Sonic title released for the platform, as well as the three original Mortal Kombat titles.
Other heralded games include Alex Kidd, Altered Beast, Echo, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage and more.
Better still, unlike the Nintendo version, it’s compatible with all of the old school Sega Mega Drive cartridges, so if you’re harbouring a tonne of classics then they’ll all work too. How well they'll work remains to be confirmed by us, however.
Here's the full list of games, most of which are actual Sega games but many of which are bundled software from third-party developers which never appeared on the original console:
Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Chakan: The Forever Man
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
ESWAT: City Under Seige
Golden Axe 2
Golden Axe 3
Mortal Kombat 2
Mortal Kombat 3
Streets Of Rage 1
Streets Of Rage 2
Streets Of Rage 3
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Games List - bonus cartridge games
Cross the road
Fight or Lose
Bottle Taps Race
Fire Fly Glow
Mega Brain Switch
Bulls and Cows
The Nintendo alternative however, comes with only 30 games preinstalled and no way to play old cartridges. It also doesn't look like the company is going to make it possible to add more games as there's been no suggestion of online connectivity for future downloads.
One nice feature Nintendo has added, however, is save states. Now, when you stop playing, the system will remember where you left off so you can come back to the game at a later date and pick up from the same point.
Here's the list of preinstalled titles for the NES:
Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario, Excitebike
Ghosts 'n Goblins
Gradius, Ice Climber
Mega Man 2
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Sega vs Nintendo – Price and release
NES will be available November 11 for $59.99 in the states and £49.99 in the UK, while the Mega Drive is already available and has been since at least 2012. The newest rebrand with the Sonic 25th anniversary logo will be out in October, however.
So, will it be the authentic Nintendo console with less games? Or the Mega Drive knock off with 80 games built in, that might not run properly? We know which one we'd choose.
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