Coleco’s New Sega Handheld Reviewed by RetroThing

 Remember all those rumors about a new handheld gaming system from Sega? Well, it turns out that they weren’t completely false. As I suspected, the new handheld is basically a portable version of those TV Games devices.

The Coleco Sonic handheld (also known as the Play Pal in Canada) features 20 classic SEGA titles from the old 8-bit and Game Gear era, including:

  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Triple Trouble
  • Alex Kidd in High Tech World
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Altered Beast
  • Assault City
  • Astro Warrior
  • Aztec Adventure
  • Bomber Raid
  • Columns
  • Ecco II: The Tides of Time
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone: The Maze
  • Global Defense
  • Kung Fu Kid
  • The Ninja
  • Penguin Land
  • Quartet
  • Snail Maze
  • Super Columns

My friends over at RetroThing got their hands on this new handheld device from Coleco and were kind enough to fill us in on the details.

“The LCD screen is very responsive for gaming, good enough to even make out the tiny text in RPG games. Possibly my favorite feature is that plugging in an A/V cable (included) lets you connect the game to a TV for full-screen gaming. The TV output may be the best that I’ve seen in a device of this nature – good solid color, reliable response time. Some of the games don’t look too great on the big screen, but that’s due to some of these titles originally being designed in low res.”

It is now available from Target on either their website or through and is selling for about $45.

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Rayek says:

It sucks having a GP2X because it makes it hard to justify such a sweet purchase. Coleco needs to release an arcade-perfect Space Harrier handheld. That I would buy in a second.

Alihes says:

It’s hard to argue with $45 for 20 (legal) sega games.

But yeah, I’m getting a lot of life out of my old GBA, a Flash cart, and some pretty amazing NES hacks (Zelda Challenge, anyone?). I am also totally looking forward to a GP2X sometime next year. So I guess no Coleco handheld for me (then again, $45 is still in the range of impulse shopping…)

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