The biggest problem with the console wars is and always has been the competition. Every gamer wants the console they purchased to be the top performer and most popular of that time. But in reality, having multiple consoles is one of the best things about being a fan of video games. Why? Because you get different developers making different games for different consoles. And while many say the SNES won that mid-90's gaming generation, anyone who played the Sega Genesis a great deal can you - they were both legitimately great consoles with a wide variety of different games between them and both have equal merit for what they brought to the gaming tables.
With the recent Sega Genesis collection dropping (and being very well received) it got us thinking: What should be on the next Sega Classic Collection that will inevitably drop in the next year?
10. Cool Spot
Yes, let's get all the hate out of the way now. This game WAS a $50.00 ad for 7-Up, with its mascot from the time as the lead character, and playing a commercial really shouldn't be fun. But it was. And they clearly pumped some money into this, as the graphics were great and the music was suitably charming. It also must have followed the greatest platforms of the time for their level design, because even that was tight.
9. Techno Cop
Techno Cop is kind of a fluke because, well, it is a super bloody and violent game that came out in a time when super bloody and violent games rarely came out. A side-scrolling action game that featured the titular lead (no, he wasn't a beat cop who loved EDM, despite the name) who essentially shot people into bloody gibs before Quake made shooting people into bloody gibs a "thing". It would be fun to get to play this bloody diamond in the rough again.
8. Zombies Ate My Neighbors
For many of us gamers who grew up in the nineties, Zombies Ate my Neighbors was the first proper introduction into "survival horror" in the sense that monsters and killers were trying to murder us and we had to survive.
It was also a game that was a ton of fun to co-op, was high octane, and had some stellar graphics for the time. Heck, for many of us, this was the moment when we realized we adored "horror games", which is a huge trend now in modern gaming. Even non-horror games (like RDR2 and Portal) have horror moments interlaced into them now, and could we be saying that if this game didn't kick the horror game door open decades ago?
No, we aren't kidding. Sometimes having a really bad game from your past pop back up can be just as oddly satisfying as a reunion with good games. With its Kickstarter-funded reboot having dropped this year and somehow managing to be worse than the original, what better time to get back into slow, arduous kick battles as Shaquille O'Neil than 2018?
None. There is no better time. This game is like the Tommy Wiseau movie The Room. It is so bad it somehow transcends that and becomes magic.
6. World Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse And Donald Duck
The Of Illusion games on the Sega Genesis were some of the tightest and brightest platforms of that generation (Castle of Illusion being the other), and because they were licensed from Disney, they ended up being really high quality, with some of the best graphics on the system. This needs both games ported onto the next collection, without question. Also note, not the last Disney game you will see on this list.
5. Atomic Robo-Kid
2018 had some crappy games for sure, but many of them are undeniable throwbacks to this very era we are talking about right now. With pixel graphics and familiar, old school pacing and gameplay, many games this year wanted to have the charm, fun, and action of Atomic Robo-Kid, but just can't pull it off.
Atomic Robo-Kid was a side scrolling, space shooter (something the Genesis did really well, unquestionably better than the SNES) and it set us up for some of the insane bullet hell games that are so popular right now.
4. Devil Crash
A 16-bit pinball game that is Satanic in theme and hella into heavy metal? Yes, please! While Devil Crash isn't known by many, those who played it will still sing its praises as maybe the best old-school pinball game on a console (in that sense that it truly plays like an old-school pinball game).
Devil Crash was a blast to play, hard to put down, and challenging, which are all the elements that made us fall in love with games in the first place.
3. Dick Tracy
It can be completely understood why some people might not have felt compelled to play the Dick Tracy game on Genesis (as it was based on Dick Tracy, which was way more a 50's thing than a 90's thing). But in not playing, they missed a true 16-bit gem.
With a side-scrolling view as you gun down assailants in shooting levels quite unlike any other game out there, it was a really fun game that kept you going back for more. And unlike 90% of old games, it still looks really good for the time (because of the art style they went with). The colors of the game really pop, too, which isn't common for all 16-bit games, most of which can look washed out and drab nowadays.
Can we just ask, was everyone else as floored as we were the first time they gazed at the graphics and animations for this game? Yes, now it looks like it consists of a 13FPS frame rate and maybe, maybe about 42 pixels on screen at once, but what no one understands is, Flashback was the first time many of us even saw graphics like this and that level of realistic animation in a game, and that set it way ahead of the curve.
Plus, the way the game threw you into the madness without holding your hand made its excruciating trial and error gameplay start feeling really rewarding, and set the tone for the popularity of that type of gaming in the modern age.
This can be a great source of contention for old-school game fans, but some of us (many of us) think the Genesis version of Aladdin was a far better game than the SNES version, and easily one of the best games from that time period, hands down. The graphics (being a Disney game) have not even aged slightly, the game still looks stunning, and the animations are second-to-none. It really looks like you are playing a cartoon.
And honestly, the "escaping the lava" segment is still one of our very favorite 16-bit gaming moments of all time, which is why we end the list with it, fingers crossed we see it on next Sega Genesis Collection.