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Mega Drive vs. SNES: the retro battle between two legends


One side of history’s greatest console war (pic: Sega)

A reader looks back at the greatest console rivalry of all time and the best games of the era from both Sega and Nintendo.

During the ’80s and early ‘90s gaming was completely different from what it is currently. The current three main players in the console business are Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo but back then gamers were dealing with cartridge formats for games and the two main players were Sega and Nintendo. Nintendo offered their Super Nintendo console and Sega its Mega Drive system, both of which were 16-bit machines and had an incredible line-up of games specifically tailored to their hardware.

The Mega Drive offered, over its life cycle, a huge majority of some of the greatest 16-bit games ever created. One of Sega’s greatest mascots is Sonic The Hedgehog, which is still, to this day, going incredibly strong. The Mega Drive produced countless great games, including Streets Of Rage, Golden Axe, Road Rash, Shinobi, Mortal Kombat, WWF (now WWE), and FIFA.

Other great games I personally played on this system, that I enjoyed as a child, were ToeJam & Earl 1 and 2; Home Alone; Desert, Urban, and Jungle Strike; Cool Spot; and Castle and World Of Illusion. The first two games I ever played on the Mega Drive were Sonic The Hedgehog and Streets Of Rage, which at the time came with the console as a bundle.

Nintendo also offered its own fierce competition to the Mega Drive, as well as some of the greatest games to hit the early ‘90s. A great alternative to Sonic was Super Mario, which just like Sonic is still going strong to this day. Star Fox was also a great game for this system; even Super Mario Kart offered great competition for the Mega Drive’s Street Racer, which was similar. As well as the Zelda series, this was also a great counter to the Mega Drive’s Wonder Boy. Mega Man X was also one of its greatest titles.

Nintendo managed to hold its own against Sega, as well as Sega doing the same, and this created what is to me one of the best periods in gaming. So how do both of these 16-bit systems hold up now? Well, recently both Nintendo and Sega have released mini versions of these systems with built-in games, which allow newer generations of gamers the chance to enjoy some of these classics.

These two systems created and paved the way for the great gaming systems of the future and games which millions have enjoyed.

By reader gaz be rotten (gamertag)

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