Go Pre-order Those Optimus and Megatron Classic Console Transformers

Takara Tomy has found the best way to suck the cash from our wallets save for some kind of reverse-ATM tractor beam. First teased earlier in the year, you can finally pre-order the toymaker's homage to robots and classic gaming consoles with these updated Optimus Prime and Megatron figures that transform into the… » 11/01/14 10:18am 11/01/14 10:18am

The Sega Genesis Lives Again (As a Bluetooth Speaker)

Even with its over-hyped "blast processing" on the Genesis and the much-loved Dreamcast, Sega still ended up losing the console war to Nintendo, Sony, and eventually Microsoft. The company still survives through its software, but if you want new Sega hardware in your home you'll have to settle for this Bluetooth… » 11/08/13 2:39pm 11/08/13 2:39pm

Retrode 2 Hooks Up Old-Skool Controllers and Cartridges To Your Computer

We love a bit of retro gaming here at Gizmodo, but there's one common flaw: playing old console games without the original controller just doesn't feel quite right. Retrode 2 can help with that. » 1/03/12 7:25am 1/03/12 7:25am

Arthur C. Clarke's 31-Word, Universe-Ending Sci-Fi Story

Blog of note Letters of Note has a bite sized treat from sci-fi legend Arthur C. Clarke: a 31-word short story called "siseneG," as in, ya know, the opposite of Genesis. As of March 1984, it was the only one he'd written in nearly ten years. The tale, in its entirety: » 2/14/11 8:40am 2/14/11 8:40am

RetroN 3 Can Play NES, SNES or Genesis Carts With All Three Original…

These days, emulation makes having old school consoles hooked up to your TV pretty unnecessary. But if you must play Chrono Trigger from the original cartridge, the RetroN 3 is a pretty great way to do it. » 7/06/10 6:00pm 7/06/10 6:00pm

Retrode Sucks the Romz out of SNES/Genesis Cartridges

For about $100, you can use the Retrode to convert your SNES and Genesis games into PC and Mac emulator-ready romz. Don't ask about the legality of it all. Ethically, it's fine by us. [StoneAgeGamer via Crunchgear] » 4/14/10 10:40am 4/14/10 10:40am

The 23-Year Rise of Video Games (Chart)

In 1976, 5 video games were released. In 2009, depending how granular you go, the number rockets into the thousands. No wonder so many people have forsaken adjusted lives in pursuit of a hobby. (Sorry honey.) [admob via Kotaku] » 4/09/10 8:27am 4/09/10 8:27am

Ultimate Genesis: Sega's Official Console Emulator for iPhone

Apple's finicky about emulators in the App Store, but most of the candidates have been unofficial, and dubiously legal. Sega's Ultimate Genesis, though, is official, and looks like a full virtual console for your iPhone. » 1/20/10 12:01am 1/20/10 12:01am

R/C Sega Genesis Is One Nimble Console

Now here's an awesome mod: an old Sega Genesis that's been converted into some sort of remote-control car. And the original Genesis controller works with it! Just skip to 1:50. If only it still played games! [Kotaku] » 1/14/10 1:40pm 1/14/10 1:40pm

Toshiba Cell TVs Claim Real-Time 2D to 3D Conversion

The Cell processor that runs the show on Toshiba's new Cell TV is usually found in high-end PCs (and most notably the PS3). Now it's invading your living room, bringing real-time 2D to 3D conversion hype with it. » 1/06/10 2:03pm 1/06/10 2:03pm

SNEGENES P Combo Mod Comes with Plenty of Junk in the Trunk

From the front this threesome looks pretty hot. Clear case with bright LEDs, original SNES buttons, and the ability to play three great systems on to go. All great. But what's going on in the back? » 11/08/09 3:30pm 11/08/09 3:30pm

Sega Genesis and Saturn Lighters, Or Why Sonic No Longer Runs 5Ks

It's easy to think, hey, America and Japan aren't so different! Then Sega licenses fantastic, official Genesis/Saturn lighters ($114). And I can't even begin to imagine the Truth campaign that would stem from the controversy here. [Net-you via Kotaku] » 10/26/09 8:40am 10/26/09 8:40am

Retro-Gen Plays Dusty Old Sega Genesis Cartridges and Digital ROMs

We've seen reimagined Genesises (Geneses?) before, but this might be the best one yet. It's portable, it plays both original cartridges and ROMS off an SD card, it's got TV-out and it only costs $50. Sign us up. » 6/27/09 6:00pm 6/27/09 6:00pm

I Will Force My Kids to Play Chinavasion's Emulator-Filled Handheld

No DS Lite for my kids—they're getting this Chinavasion emulator handheld console so that they can experience the NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy Advance and Neo Geo just like their father did. » 4/02/09 7:00pm 4/02/09 7:00pm

The GAME-800: A Fatty Pocket Emulator

The GAME-800 is just another one of those direct from manufacturer PMP all-in-one pocket devices. And maybe it's just because I was a corpulent kid, but I find the design quite charming. » 3/31/09 3:19pm 3/31/09 3:19pm

After the Console Wars, Award Yourself the Distunguished Flying…

Supermandolini has the ultimate badge of honor for gamers of a certain generation (mine): these sweet SNES or Genesis military-style pins. Now the question is whose pin to sport—the victor's or the vanquished's? » 3/13/09 12:40pm 3/13/09 12:40pm

The Evolution of the Console Controller

It's not just some unfounded stereotype that video game controllers have gotten more complex over time, just look at this fantastic chronological illustration. » 12/15/08 7:20pm 12/15/08 7:20pm

Yobo FC3 Plus Plays NES, SNES and Genesis Cartridges

We may take the system for granted now, but your inner 10-year-old is simply amazed » 11/25/08 10:15am 11/25/08 10:15am by the Yobo FC3 Plus. A console that's fully compatible with NES, SNES and Sega Genesis titles, you can finally put those old cartridges to use without filling your home theater setup with unsustainable levels of boxes and wires.…

Old Sega Genesis Ads Remind Us of the First Real Console War

Oh man, are these ads awesome. No ads really become outdated faster than ads for video game systems, with their quickly-antiquated technology, ridiculous music and hilarious editing. And boy, was Sega aggressive: "If you're not playing these games, you're a giant loser » 10/20/08 4:40pm 10/20/08 4:40pm!" That may have been so, but unfortunately for…