In the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, Nintendo was notorious for dragging out the life-cycles of their consoles, which gave developers plenty of time to perfect their programming and graphical techniques to make the most of the hardware.
I traded my Sega Genesis for a SNES and this game as it was like the 2nd coming..... Street Fighter 2 Mode 7 in Star Fox was AWESOME!!
Too bad Snake's revenge was bad.
Star Fox didn't use Mode 7 apart from it's map screen. It used actual polygons that the system wasn't thought to be capable of via the FX chip.
Seiken densetsu 3 <3
Great article - good one for the memories
I was about to say No one ever mentions Aliens 3 but there it is as an Honourable Mention. Great FKN game. The sound was awesome along with the detailed 2D parallax (I believe it was called) backgrounds, which really gave it a sense of depth. Plus having the Assault Rifle with Grenade Launcher and Flamethrower all available without switching weapons was like an Aliens fans wet dream. All that was missing was the duct tape.
Def a BA game bro I jammed on that game many time - Still waiting for Gear Box to get Alien Colonial Marines going
Donkey Kong Country was probably best looking game on the system imo
Killer Instinct !! God I miss that game!!
I was a Mega drive/Genesis person during the early 90s and love it.It was and still is sega finest hour but nowa days i can appreciate that the snes was the supperior console of the time not just in hardware but in software and easly the contender of greatest console of all time !!!
Seriously, the imagination and innovation that went into the SNES era is amazing! To this day it's still my favorite system because of the incredible game library. This is what can happen when all the great developer's can concentrate on maxing out a system instead of trying to make their games "equal" on more than one. (Yes, I do know the Genesis existed at the time, but even then, everyone knew it was slightly inferior hardware and the multi-platform games never looked as good on it)
Ah, the good old days. I had my Genesis just for the sonic games, but loved my SNES more. Mega Man X, Sttar Fox, Super Mario World, SSF II turbo... Awesomeness.
Stunt Race FX no good? You gotta be jokin! I played it to death, one of the few games I've ever played all the way through, it had great bouncy physics and an excellent split screen mode that my friends and I loved. Still have it, getting itchy now!
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The SNES broke it's own mould more than once during it's life cycle. Near the end is when it was at its most impressive and it turned into a beast that not even some of the so called next gen systems could handle. The 32X and Jaguar systems being the two main suspects there. The SNES ate them both due to games like Doom, which was supposed to be completely imposible up until that point on a 16-bit console. I wish this generation of gamers could be like the one back in that era. In fact, I feel sorry for the newer generation now, because apart from being completely clueless and hype driven brand muppets that they are, they missed out completely on the evolution of games, and one of the most drastic leaps in gaming design once the 16 bit era hit a ceiling and ushered in a new 3d generation of games via the new polygone driven consoles and PC cards. What an exciting time it was to be a gamer back in the early, to mid 90's.
Well said. Games were definitely more about quality and not quantity in the 90's. Also, I've always wondered what the "gaming world" would be like if Nintendo had just moved to CDs when the N64 came out. They wouldn't have lost all their third-party devs and Final Fantasy wouldn't have left the Nintendo platform. Even though I loathe what Nintendo has become now, maybe it would never needed to happen if they could have stayed on top. I must admit the combination of Nintendo's incredible first-party games with all of the third-party support they had in the SNES days would create an unstoppable force.
I don't personally like the direction Nintendo has taken in recent years, but I can respect it. They are a very intelligently run company. Arguably the best run in the business. They recognised the jugernaught of Sony early, and once MS got involved, they understood that they had to go in a different direction. Just look at what happened to Sega. As it turns out, it was a very smart thing to do considering how successful the Wii and DS is. If anyone is to blame for the degradation of quality and stagnation, it's Sony and MS. Do you think Nintendo would ever produce a glut of FPS's for their systems? It's good that Nintendo is still there producing both hardware and software, although I really can't see what their next hardware is going to be, if it even is going to be, seeing that they are being squeezed out gradually by their rivals everytime they come up with a new innovation, it gets borrowed/stolen.
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