In the mid 1990's Sega and Nintendo were neck and neck. Everybody had to choose a side, and I went Sega and never looked back. Sega Genesis had Sonic The Hedgehog and Altered Beast!
In '95 Sega released the Sega Nomad, which unlike the Nintendo Gameboy, could play full color genesis games. The nomad didn't have its own library of games. Its library was your genesis library, and being able to seamlessly go from playing Altered Beast in my room to playing it on the bus was the best thing ever.
There hasn't been a handheld merged home console since then. Handheld consoles always had their own, less impressive libraries of games. Recently, Nintendo of all companies threw its hat in the ring with the Nintendo Switch, which can seamlessly go from home console to portable console. It's impressive to say the least.
I have seen more and more kids with Nintendo Switches, and it brings me back to my nomad days. It's nice seeing kids getting the same kick out of video games that I got two decades ago.
The Sega Nomad isn't remembered particularly fondly, but I still loved it. It was ambitious! Batteries not included.
Kids love this thing!
The nomad took 6 AA batteries.
All of these could be played on the nomad.
My baby in 1995.
A much-needed battery pack.
The switch uses cartridges too.
The new Nintendo Switch.
“The Sega Nomad isn't remembered particularly fondly.”
Good for about one car trip.
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