Sega Genesis is 20 Years Old Today

By Shaun Hatton - August 14th, 2009


Sega Genesis is 20 years old today. Sadly, I don’t feel like dressing up in my Cobra Commander outfit to commemorate this occasion because it is freaking hot today. Sorry kids!

The Genesis was my first realization that videogames got better. Before it was released, I thought the world was just going to have Sega Master System and Nintendo till the end of time. Boy, was I a stupid 10-year-old or what?

I remember when it first came out this group of cousins of mine got it right away and never let me play it. They said the controller was too big for my hands, so that I probably shouldn’t buy one either. I think they just wanted to be the only people will cool things. I believe this worked out well for them, because I was secretly planning on vomiting on the fucking thing. I took their advice and I never bought a Genesis, opting instead for a Super Nintendo. In fact, the Genesis I own now was a gift from a friend.

Anyhow, in celebration of this historic event, Sega is asking fans to vote on which Genesis game should appear next on XBLA. I have a suggestion: Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. Too bad it’s not on the list. This probably just means they’re working on it, right?

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  2. Posted on Aug 14, 2009

    Genesis vs. Super NES…. Super NES wins.. !

  3. Posted on Aug 14, 2009

    I began the 16-bit era being a diehard SNES fan, but over time the Sega Genesis stole my affection.

    There’s no denying it, the Genesis had a lot of great games. If you count the Sega CD games I would easily say it was better than SNES’s library. Sure SNES had better sound, graphics, and effects, but Genesis had way better *mature* oriented games and I personally like the 6-button Genesis controller better (especially for fighters like Street Fighter 2.)

    If you didn’t own a Genesis back in the day you sorely missed out on one of the best consoles ever.

  4. Posted on Aug 14, 2009

    @Paul, while I do prefer the SNES to the Genesis, I gotta agree. Genesis had it going on, and then some. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to appreciate it back when it was out, but going back and playing these games is a real treat.

  5. Posted on Aug 17, 2009

    outside of fighters however I preferred the SNES controller. it’s actually 2nd only to the gamecube in all time favorite controllers.

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