Review: Sega Arcade Nano Keychain

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I love DTV (Direct-to-TV) consoles, they are small and portable and can be played on a big screen tv over at your friends house, so much better than a Psp or Nintedo DS with a tiny screen and crappy sound.

I just got my hands on a new Dtv called “Sega Arcade Nano Keychain” witch is a small blue box contaning 10 Sega games. There are two flavours to choose from, “Sonic Arcade” and “Virtua Fighter 2” And for me the obvious choise was the Sonic Arcade Dtv as this containes Sonic 2, the best platformer on the Megadrive/Genesis!

I have been playing on this little dtv for a while and I just wanted to share my thoughts about it. The Sonic Arcade DTV contains the following games: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Blast, Alex Kidd, plus Air Hockey, Naval Power, Cannon, Fight or Lose, Checker. The only games that are worth playing are the Sonic games and maybe Alex Kidd, but the rest is some homebrew crap that they added just so they could say it was 10 games in the box.
When you plug in the dtv to the tv and switch on the power you are presented with a list where you can choose your games, but its not a list of 10 games.. no there are 6 pages with 10 “games” on each page.. thats 60 games! No.. remember those old Famicom pirtate cartidges called 300-in-1 etc? yeah its like that, one page maybe contains different levels of Sonic so you can skip levels from the menu, like a built in cheat. I guess this is ok.. but it feels very unprofessional.. just add those 10 games and skip all the crap!

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The games seems to run fine, it has the same framerate as far as i can tell but the music is much slower, very annoying as i really love the music from Sonic 2 😦 Well.. the game runs ok but what about the controller? Lets talk about the hardware and its flaws… yes there is nothing good to be said here I’m afraid.

The box is pretty small, but its not “keychain small”.. its way to big to have in your pocket with your keys, but its really small to just have in your bag. The first thing that comes to mind is that it has four buttons instead of the standard three buttons that the Sega Megadrive gamepad has, whats up with that?
Included in the package is the composite cable that plugs in to your tv and then to a mini-usb port that plugs into the DTV.. and this cable is very short! So you are very limited and must sit really close to the tv.. fail.
But the biggest disappointment is the d-pad.. well in this case they have chosen an arcade stick! why?? First off its really hard to control the games, often when i try to duck with Sonic to do a spindash instead he just runs to the right or left just because the arcade stick is a little to the side when i press down, its really hard to get it accurate! With a regular d-pad you wouldn’t have this problem! And second, Sonic isn’t an arcade game, its a console game that where released on the Megadrive/Genesis with a !”#¤%& d-pad, so why not have this instead a huge arcade stick that only makes this little portable “keychain” dtv even bigger!

Where is the love? This product just feels like a mass-production easy-money pirate thing.. no im recommending to get a better dtv.. the best choise would probably be a Megadrive emulator on a PSP with tv-out support.

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