posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 03:07 AM
I was like 14 when both came out. That meant I relied on my parents at Christmas or my birthday to get me one. I really wanted a Super Nintendo
because I had an NES and felt brand/character loyalty. Well, a few days before my birthday, my mom saw an ad in the classifieds for a Genesis with
several games for $50. An old man down the road from us had suffered a mild stroke and his wife bought the system for him after reading an article
about how playing video games could help redevelop coordination in stroke victims. He tried playing a couple of games, didn't care much for it, and
told her to just sell it to someone. Not to sound ungrateful, I really appreciated getting a new system, but not having ever played the SEGA Master
System I was somewhat disappointed when I opened the gift and it wasn't an SNES.
I got Madden 92, Sonic, Golden Axe 2, and Arnold Palmer Golf with the system. I was immediately addicted to Madden. I enjoyed the system for the
most part, but was starting to wish I had an SNES instead... until Mortal Kombat came out. My best friend and I saw some Saturday morning video game
show one day where they revealed ABACABB, the secret sequence to unlock blood and fatalities on the Genesis version of MK. Needless to say, what
little cash we both had from our various get rich quick in middle of nowhere rural New Mexico was pooled and we bought the game that day from Kmart.
From that point on, the Genesis experienced a golden age of sorts, Phantasy Star IV, Art of Fighting, more Sonics, Virtuaracing, Etc. a couple of
years later I had the purely dumb luck to be in the right place at the right time and was able to buy a SEGA CD, 32X, and a ton of games from a
business that was liquidating their entire store.
I didn't get my SNES until the early 2000s. when I did buy one it was kind of bittersweet. A lot of the games I had wanted to play way back
when just didn't hold the same interest anymore because they had relied on graphics and wow factors then which had long since been surpassed in
gaming. I did, however, buy a dozen or so titles like SMW, DK Country, Chronotrigger, Super Metroid, and the like. I think Nintendo does amazing in
house development... But they really struggle in getting the most out of third party developers.