You can now play classic Sega Genesis games on Amazon Fire TV
Gotta go fast, yo.
It’s been 30 years since Sega released its seminal Genesis console as a counterpoint to Nintendo’s SNES in the 16-bit era. To mark the occasion, Sega has partnered up with Amazon to bring a selection of Sega Classics to the Fire TV.
With all the mini-consoles being released by Sega, Nintendo, and Sony, and revamps from console makers of yesteryear like Atari, it’s nice to see that retro gaming is still alive and well. This collection of Sega Classics isn’t as extensive as the one coming to the Nintendo Switch, but it reaches a wide audience of Fire TV users.
Check out the games coming to Fire TV
Just look at all that retrogaming goodness for $14.99 (available through purchase on Fire TV):
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Beyond Oasis
- Bio-Hazard Battle
- Bonanza Bros
- Comix Zone
- Decap Attack
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Dynamite Headdy
- ESWAT: City Under Siege
- Gain Ground
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe II
- Golden Axe III
- Gunstar Heroes
- Sonic CD
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Street of Rage
- Street of Rage II
- Street of Rage III
- The Revenge of Shinobi
The default settings for the collection has you using the Amazon Fire TV remote held sideways. That’s okay as a start but won’t be the best gaming experience. The navigation circle on the Fire TV’s controller is kinda stiff at the best of times, so trying to spin through any Sonic water level will make you rage.
Pick up a Bluetooth controller to make the experience better
With the new Fire TV supporting Bluetooth controllers (except Amazon’s own Fire controller for some reason), it’s easy to pick up an 8bitdo controller if you need one. If you have a newer Xbox One or a PS4, you can use their Bluetooth enabled controllers.
There are a few modern tweaks while playing the games in the collection, like the ability to rewind a few seconds to redo a tough jump or redo that boss fight. You can also save in multiple slots at any time.
While Sega’s back catalog really did depend on first-party titles like Sonic, there’s still enough variety here to keep you entertained.
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