It seems so long ago that everyone I knew went crazy for the Sega Megadrive. Sonic was the game of choice and absolute chaos as you blitzed your way through levels at warp speed. Well technology has moved on considerably since then and now you can download all your favourite cartridge based games for just about anything, even your mobile phone or tablet. There are some occasions though where all you want is a controller with a simple D-pad and 6 buttons, as well as the ability to play original Megadrive cartridges. You'll be pleased to hear that such a device exists.
I was fortunate enough to recently receive the 'Sega Megadrive Arcade Classic Wireless Game Console'. It's simply a grown man's way of revisiting his childhood. In the box you receive one tiny console, a power adapter, video/audio cable, scart connector, 60 games included and 2 wireless controllers. I should make you aware that the controllers use infrared wireless technology, so you can't sit far away and play. Also, both controllers require 2xAAA batteries.
The 60 games included are quite bizarre though. 20 of them are official Sega games that are built into the console and the other 40 are provided on a separate cartridge made by third party developers, that are so poor they wouldn't be welcome on my mobile phone. I was really disappointed when I could only find Sonic Pinball but no Sonic 1, 2 or 3. The only highlight for me was being able to play Streets of Rage with a friend, a game that I absolutely adored as a kid.
The console itself is nice and small, which is perfect for my TV cabinet as it's already quite full with other consoles. I decided recently though to move it upstairs in my bedroom and connect it to an old CRT TV. The best feature though is that it has a cartridge slot that supports most old Megadrive games and two controller ports.
I'm was very grateful to receive this gift from my wife and kids as they know it will bring me hours of enjoyment. If I was buying for myself though I would probably look at buying the Sega Megadrive Ultimate Collection for the PS3 or Xbox 360.