Albert Kim
December 08, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Genesis Nomad (Sega, $179.99) Sega’s newest system sounds like a good idea: a handheld unit that takes full-size Genesis cartridges, turning your videogame collection into portable software. It turns out there’s a reason no one’s tried this before. Graphics designed for full-blown TV screens look muddy and confusing on Nomad’s microscopic 3 1/4-inch monitor. It’s hard to make out the targets in shooting games, the balls in sports games, and the gore in fighting games. Nomad works fine as a portable Genesis: You can take it on the road and simply plug it into a TV (with an adapter). But by itself, the machine’s useless. I guess that’s why they say Nomad is an island. C

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