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Are Classic Consoles Making a Comeback?

By April 23, 2009

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A few weeks ago I let you know about a company in the UK, Blaze Interactive, that's re-releasing the SEGA Genesis, one of the most famous consoles in history. Think this move was just a novelty? From the looks of things classic consoles just might be making a comeback.

Wednesday morning techie shopping site ThinkGeek.com unleashed a stockpile of the original 1999 SEGA Dreamcast consoles, brand new in the box for $99. It's still a question of where they got them, but the new stock of SEGA's most underappreciated system sold out in a matter of hours. Demand was so high that ThinkGeek now has a mailing list you can sign-up for in case they find anymore, but it doesn't just end there. What would a console comeback be without knock-offs?

The Retro Duo Twin and the FC Twin Video Game Systems are unofficial Nintendo console clones that play both original Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo game cartridges. There's also the SG Twin Video Game System which plays SEGA Genesis and NES games, as does the Gen-X Dual Station. The idea of cloning console hardware is nothing new, back in 1982 Coleco was doing it with the Expansion Module #1 which enabled their ColecoVision to play Atari 2600 game cartridges.

According to the Ultimate Console Database there are a recorded 373 different models of NES clones across the globe. Although these systems do indeed play the original game cartridges, they tend to be cheap plastic knock offs that break easily and don't play every single game.

So I wonder if the market for classic console games suddenly increasing, or have the always been in demand? These day's retailers push off old stock quicky to make room for pricier Next-Gen systems, and major chains are now even charging video game publishers to displayed their games on shelves, so how is a retro system exspected to get a fair shot?

If you're bummed that you missed out on snagging a Dreamcast, don't despair. You can easily get one used online for under $50, half the price ThinkGeek was offering. Sure it might not come unopened in the original box, but it's not like SEGA is gonna honor that warranty card anymore.

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