Taking advantage of the apparent demand for classic 8-bit and 16-bit video game consoles, as evident in the success of Nintendo's NES Classic gaming system, AtGames has now announced two brand new retro consoles that are scheduled to be launched in September. The company has announced that they will be releasing both an Atari Flashback 8 Gold and Sega Genesis Flashback micro console this fall.

Retro meets modern

The Atari Flashback 8 Gold will be a replica of the original Atari 2600 gaming console, which was originally released back in 1977. The original gaming system was one of the first consoles to utilize microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges.

AtGames has, of course, updated the system by including two fully wireless joystick controllers that look and feels like the original controllers for the classic console.

Additionally, users will have the option to connect the console to their HD television screen thanks to full 720p HDMI support. To improve the overall experience, the console also comes with a save state feature, as well as fast forward and rewind options. The system will come with 120 games built-in, including titles such as "Space Invaders," "Pitfall," "River Raid," and "Centipede."

As for the Sega Genesis Flashback, it is basically a miniature replica of the original Sega Genesis console. The latest version comes with two wireless controllers, full 720p HMDI connectivity, and a save state function.

As an added bonus for players, the system will work with original Sega Genesis and Mega Drive cartridges. The system comes with 85 built-in games, including "Sonic the Hedgehog," "Mortal Kombat," "Comix Zone," and "Phantasy Star 2."

Issues with previous versions

AtGames has been releasing these miniature replicas for quite a while now.

Previous versions have received a lot of criticism from fans due to the overall quality of their build and the poor emulation of the original games. Some of the games do not sport their original soundtracks, while other titles had off-key music programmed in. There has also been some issues with the games that have been included just to hit a high number of free games.

Some of the titles are low-quality games, while others are poorly ported classics.

Fair warning

It isn't quite clear just yet if the new versions have managed to fix those problems, but that should be made clear when the consoles officially come out. Those who are interested in grabbing both systems are advised to first check out online and hands-on reviews of the consoles before they commit to buying them. AtGames has had a bad track record when it comes to their miniature replicas and fans will need to take that into consideration.