Just This Once, Let’s Revive The Greatest Console War: Genesis Or Super Nintendo?

Just This Once, Let’s Revive The Greatest Console War: Genesis Or Super Nintendo?

It was a good war. A just war. It was, maybe, the last great war.
I’m not talking about World War II. I’m talking about the great console war of the 1990s.

I had a great time goading Lisa Foiles into reviving the 90’s console wars with me a few weeks back — despite the best efforts of the SNES faithful, the Genesis version of Aladdin pulled out a decisive victory.

But hey, that’s small-fry. That’s one game. Let’s do this thing for the whole enchilada — let’s do this console war good and proper. Which console was better? The Sega Genesis or the Super Nintendo?

Bloody Mortal Kombat, or Super Mario Land? Sonic, or Mario?

[polldaddy poll=6389114]

I had neither of these consoles growing up, and played both equally. I honestly can’t say which one I’ll vote for — I’ll just let my instincts guide me. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.


  • Snes all the way. Mario, secret of mana, chrono trigger final fantasy, killer instinct, dkc need I continue?

    Decent controller and no 3 button stuff. Sure it was a litter generate but it looked and sounded better

  • Mode 7 bitches! That’s what gave us games like F Zero and Mario Kart.

    But my rampant fanboyism cause me to claim that I didn’t mind the lack of blood in MK but on the inside I ached for it.

  • We owned a NES so I was already biased and bought a SNES as soon as I could afford one (1993). The best thing about the console war was that the SNES had superior colour and sound and controller, but the Megadrive was faster, and showed it off with games like Sonic. It was great for gloating at the inferior ports like SFII but occasionally you got owned by games like Aladdin and Rocket Knight.

  • i had a snes and loved it (super castlevania 4, still play it today), odd thing is though the older i got i started to respect sega and what they did with their game development and consoles alot more.
    by the time i jumped on the sega bandwagon (dreamcast) it was too late.

  • SNES for me… Chrono Trigger remains one of my favourite games of all time even after all these years… Although dreamcast wins me over for the next gens

    • Same here, Mega Drive… I probably liked the SNES more, but played a hell of a lot more of the Sega consoles…

  • Is it really a contest? Snes had some the best games of all time, games that are still loved today. Sega? Sonic? Nahhhhh…

  • Mega Drive all the way! Road Rash 1/2/3, Desert/Jungle/Urban Strike, Streets of Rage 1/2/3, Shining Force 1 & 2, Wonderboy MonsterWorld/Monsterworld 4, Golden Axe 1 & 2, Sonic 1/2/3/ & Knuckles, Landstalker, Virtua Racing, Thunderforce 3 & 4, Virtua Racing, Chiki Chiki Boys, Cool Spot, Aladdin, Earthworm Jim, Alisia Dragoon, Gunstar Heroes, Ecco 1 & 2, Micro Machines 1/2 Turbo/Turbo Tournament ’96, Ghouls ‘N Ghousts, Phantasy Star 2/3/4, Rocket Knight/Sparkster, RangerX, Ristar, STory of Thor. To name a few.

    • Some of those games were on SNES too, ya know (Earthworm Jim, Strike series, Micro Machines, etc.) But I gotta go for SNES thanks to Zelda: Link to the Past, Super Mario All-Stars, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct, Super Punch-out!!, Shadowrun, Super Metroid and amazing RPGs such as Secret of Mana and Terranigma.

  • Had both… Nintendo had better ports of the multiplatforms in general.
    I’m more of a sega fan but once I got the nintendo I put the megadrive away.

  • I had (and still have) both. The Snes wins but the Megadrive is still awesome too.

    While I loved the Sonic games, World of Illusion, Aladdin etc on the Megadrive the Snes had the better controller, better graphics and games.

  • The excitement of finally getting my hands on a copy of Sonic & Knuckles is something no Mario game has ever given me.

  • Snes had some of the best RPGs ever released in the west as well as those that were only released in Japan but later fan translated. Gensis/Megadrive had some decent rpgs but nothing even remotely compared. So for me Snes gets it by a long shot.

  • the megadrive for me all the way
    my uncle actually won the console for me at a sydney kings basketball game
    one of those penalty shoot out things
    great memory for me and he’s earned a place in my will

  • It’s gotta be SNES – no question. My mate had a Megadrive, and aside from playing MK3 I never really got into the games.

    The Megadrive graphics looked a little washed out compared to SNES, which were vibrant. SNES had sampled sound where Megadrive had an FM chip – common in arcade machines at the time but sounded tinny by comparison.

    SNES has alll the best games I remember from childhood – Super Metroid, DK Country, Super Castlevania IV, Secret of Mana, Equinox, LoZ Link to the Past, Starfox, Super Mario All Stars.. The list goes on and on! These games are still playable today too!

  • Soft Punch, Medium Punch, Hard Punch
    Soft Kick, Medium Kick, Hard Kick.

    X, Y, Z
    A, B, C

    And that, kids, is why the Megadrive controller is better than the SNES.

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