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Sega Genesis VS Super Nintendo

Best 16 Bit Console The Battle for 16 Bit Supremacy
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  • Miles

    I Choose Genesis Because It Came Out First In 1989 After Super Nintendo So I Think Sega Genesis I Like Most. And My Dad Has One Too.

  • Serpent Jesus

    Any true gamer will tell you that it all comes down to the individual games. Whats better Lincoln or Cadillac? well that depends on what year what make what model but if I had to pick 1 I would pick Lincoln and if I had to pick between snes or genesis I would pick genesis I own both and I know that snes is over 2 years newer and of course a little overall more powerful but I see way better animation on the average genesis game and over 90% of genesis games are 320×240 and over 95% of snes games are 256×228 a fact which makes the genesis look much better on modern day widescreen HD tv’s and with the fact that there are more actual games on the genesis + all the sega made arcade games I just have to go with the genesis but of course I pick the NES and N64 over the SMS and the Saturn and gamecube and dreamcast are about even. And I must mention that of course Mario is much cooler than Sonic and pretty much anything is cooler than Alex kid lol.

  • SNESkicksass

    Watch Angry Video Game Nerd SNES vs. Sega Genesis. SNES kicks way more ass.

  • ServbotKing

    The Genesis was the cooler one I guess

  • gail flowers

    Ok people this is simple snes had far better graphics play mortal kombat 2 dead pool stage the genisis is missing half the graphics and shaded in the rest the so called adult games on the genisis have no replay value i would mario world before eternal champions any day of the week and if you own a snes it more than likely works flawless unlike the genisis 2 that has a short on the power cord or controller slot or the video port broke off or the genisis 3 that has rep for crapping out completely all in all snes is the victor

  • bluh

    ok

  • Serubio

    A common missconception is that snes hardware is more advanced than megadrive. Is very well known by people who program on both consoles that megadrive is overall superior. For example, Byuu, the autor of the more accurate emulator for the snes stated that:

    “Each have their strengths; but overall the MD kills the SNES in terms of hardware. But I care more about the games, specifically my favorites: 2D role-playing games. It’s for that reason that I care more about the SNES than the MD”

    The source is in a post in nesdev forums. Check also the technical section of sega 16 forums for more info. People needs understand that the angry video game nerd is not a good source when we are talking about technical crap.

    That said, more important than hardware is software. So the better console will be the one which have your favorite games. That said, I prefer megadrive :)

  • Chris Pieper

    Segas D pad was WAY better. Snes dpad would make your thumb sore as hell. I tried to play killer instinct a yr ago and I have idea how i was able to pull 25 hit combos with that piece of shit snes controller as a kid. Arcade games were perfect ports to genesis. Nba jam actually had music, mortal kombat had blood. Where i think sega went wrong was when they released the system model 2 and went red themed with their game cases. Sega was winning the 16 bit era prior to making this change. I remember just the black theme alone sega had the first few yrs sold me over the snes. I do like mario kart and mario world but sonic was amazing and was my childhood fav. Sports games were a no contest sega wins hands down. Most people that say snes was better never owned a sega. Or they say sega had no rpgs which is crap (shining force, phantasy star?) Most likely their parents wouldnt buy them a genesis in 1989 and made them stick it out with the nes til 2 yrs after the genesis when the snes came out.

  • Chris Zeptner

    I think Super Nintendo wins, because of the graphics in their video games outshine Sega Genesis games. Nintendo rules, but they should have a good handheld system that has built in video games without cartridges, like Sega, for example, especially since you can load tons of extra video games on an sd card for their portable game system.

  • ?Dude

    It´s simple, Sega is dead, Nintendo is still rocking. So the better is just determined by facts: Super nintendo > Sega genesis

  • Randy Marsh

    Sega Genesis has “Blast Processing”, so it wins duh. Nah just kidding, honestly both were awesome in there own way.

  • Trent

    I WILL NEVER CHOOSE!!!!

  • steveo

    its all about Nintendo. Nintendo ROCKS hell yea!

  • Demonkittyx

    I picked Super Nintendo because it is more powerful hardware-wise. I like the Super Nintendo games better such as, Zelda Link to the past, Super Metroid, Super Castlevania 4, Turtles in Time, Chrono Trigger, FF6/FF3, and Super Mario World(the Genesis games weren’t bad either). Also Nintendo’s 3rd party titles were vastly superior such as Super Castlevania 4, Turtles in Time, MK2, and UMK3 (yeah I agree MK1 was better on Genesis). Both these systems are remarkable, but c’mon the only thing Super Nintendo needed to win was Super Metroid.

  • Ryan01

    Super nintendo will always be better than Sega genesis

  • Franky Padilla

    Snes wins. Games like Starfox is not possible on Genesis.

  • Franky Padilla

    Snes had final Fantasy. Earthbound. And for ship

  • Paul M

    I used to own a Sega Mega Drive aka Sega Genesis, those days were my best childhood days.. I tried SNES on a public console rentals and I prefer Sega Genesis more.. :)

  • Dustin Holmes

    All my family LOVE the Super Nintendo.

SNES vs Genesis

If “Genesis vs Super Nintendo” was a heavyweight boxing match, it would be as popular as Mike Tyson vs. Holyfield, or Ai Vs. Fraiser and as debated as much as “Mac vs PC”. The “battle for 16bit supremacy” was not only a hot topic for any kid growing up in the 90′s, it was first legit battle in the long-running “console war”. Friendships have been lost and families have been torn apart over the SNES vs Genesis debate. Two consoles have never been so evenly matched in both features and game options. Even though the arguments for and against each system were purely subjective and dictated by which system a person owned, it didn’t matter, it didn’t stop.

It is our goal here at WWWAF to stop this battle once and for all. Here’s the break down:

Graphics

“Dude SNES has better graphics!”.. “No way man, genesis has better graphics”. These claims echoed through the cafeterias in almost eery educational facility for the entire term of the two systems stranglehold on the video game world. The 16 bit consoles were a far cry from good ol’ 8 bit Nintendo in a lot of ways, but most importantly, graphics. Graphics were the be all and end all in this console battle because “better graphics” was viewed as the “coolest” advancement in 16bit systems. Thus, if you had the system with better graphics, you had the best best console. The problem with the graphics argument was that there was no significant differences between the graphics on SNES and the graphics on the Genesis. SNES technically had better graphics but no-one could really tell, it was always an argument that went no-where. So we’re calling the graphics: Even.

The Games

This is where it gets interesting. All in all, both game libraries had some gems; starting with the signature character from each system. Genesis had the fast paced Sonic games, whereas super Nintendo had the always extremely enjoyable Super Mario and Zelda games. The Sonic vs Mario debate has to go to Mario. Super Mario World was a simply amazing game. One of the best games of all time. Sonic was fairly one dimensional… That’s a whole other argument to have later.

Moving on to sports games: Genesis wins this one. One game in particular stands out: World series baseball. This was the first time a baseball game featured the “catcher cam” view of the action. Other than this game, it always seemed genesis had better sports games.

“Genesis Envy”

All in all, SNES owners were content with their console but, just like today, Nintendo tried to keep things clean. Even in the face of their young, mischievous adolescent market. Because of the this, there were two games in particular where all SNES owners scowled with envy at their Genesis-owning friends. Beavis and Butt-head and Mortal Combat. The Genesis version of both these games, hands down kicked the shit out of the SNES versions. In the case of Beavis and Butt-head, SNES owners got a boring side scrolling platformer while genesis owners were blessed with a choose your own adventure type roll playing masterpiece. It had a 16 bit open world type thing going on. And Mortal Kombat… Green blood? Really? Come on Nintendo.

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