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SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by SpaceBooger Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:37 pm

The puropse of this thread is to compile, and debate, which 16-bit system had the best version of games ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the SEGA Genesis. Let the console wars continue like it's 1992:

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The following is a list of games ported to both the SNES and Genesis compiled by Jedi Master Thrash at segaextreme.net. Lets use this list to discuss, determine, and defend which system has the better port.

The rules for this thread are simple:
    1) Discuss advantages (pros), disadvantages (cons) and similarities of each port.
    2) Provide screenshots.
    3) Provide a link (and give appropriate credit) with a brief summary if someone else on the net has already done this.

I will update this first post as people add links and information.

Games with similar ports on both SNES and Genesis:
3 Ninjas Kick Back
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Addams Family, The SNES
Adventures of Mighty Max, The
Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and Friends, The
Aero the Acro-Bat
Aero the Acro-Bat 2
Aerobiz
Aerobiz: Supersonic
American Gladiators
Andre Agassi Tennis
Art of Fighting
B.O.B.
Ballz 3-D
Barkley: Shut Up and Jam!
Bass Masters Classic
Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition
Batman Forever
Battletoads/Double Dragon
Best of the Best Championship Karate
Bill Walsh College Football
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
Boxing: Legends of the Ring
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Brett Hull Hockey '95
Brutal: Paws of Fury
Bubsy II
Bubsy: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind
Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs
Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball
Captain America and the Avengers
Champions World Class Soccer
Championship Pool
Chavez II
Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool
Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest
Chuck Rock
Clay Fighter
Cliffhanger
Clue
College Football USA '97: The Road to New Orleans
College Slam
Cool Spot Genesis
Cutthroat Island
David Crane's Amazing Tennis
Death and Return of Superman, The
Demolition Man
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
Doom Troopers: The Mutant Chronicles
Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Earthworm Jim Genesis
Earthworm Jim 2
ESPN Baseball Tonight
ESPN National Hockey Night
ESPN Speedworld
ESPN Sunday Night NFL
Family Feud
Fatal Fury
Fatal Fury 2
FIFA International Soccer
FIFA Soccer '96
Flashback: The Quest for Identity
Flintstones, The
Foreman For Real Boxing
Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball
Frogger
Fun 'n Games
Gemfire
Genghis Khan 2: Clan of the Gray Wolf
George Foreman's KO Boxing
Gods
Great Circus Mystery starring Mickey & Minnie, The
Great Waldo Search, The
Head-On Soccer
Hit The Ice
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Hook
Incredible Crash Dummies, The
Incredible Hulk, The
Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings
Jammit
James Pond
James Pond 2 Genesis
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! Deluxe Edition
Jeopardy! Sports Edition
Joe & Mac
John Madden Football
John Madden Football '93
Judge Dredd
Jungle Strike: The Sequel to Desert Strike
Justice League Task Force
Kawasaki Superbike Challenge
King of the Monsters
King of the Monsters 2
Last Action Hero
Lawnmower Man, The
Lemmings
Lemmings 2: The Tribes
Lethal Enforcers
Liberty or Death
Lion King, The (Disney's) SNES
Lost Vikings, The
Madden NFL '94
Madden NFL '95
Madden NFL '96
Madden NFL '97
Madden NFL '98
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Math Blaster Episode 1
Mickey Mania: Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey's Ultimate Challenge
Micro Machines
Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament
Miracle Piano Teaching System, The
MLBPA Baseball
Monopoly
Mortal Kombat Genesis
Mortal Kombat 3 SNES/Genesis
Mortal Kombat II SNES
Mr. Nutz Genesis
Ms. Pac-Man
NBA All-Star Challenge
NBA Hang Time
NBA Jam
NBA Jam Tournament Edition
NBA Live '95
NBA Live '96
NBA Live '97
NBA Live '98
NCAA Final Four Basketball
NCAA Football
Newman Haas IndyCar featuring Nigel Mansell
NFL Quarterback Club
NFL Quarterback Club '96
NHL '94
NHL '95
NHL '96
NHL '97
NHL '98
NHLPA Hockey '93
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Racing
No Escape
Nobunaga's Ambition
Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45
Out of this World
Outlander
Pac-Attack
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
Pagemaster, The
PGA Tour '96
PGA Tour Golf
Phantom 2040
Pink Goes to Hollywood
Pinocchio
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
Pit-Fighter
Populous
Primal Rage
Prince of Persia
Pro Quarterback
PTO: Pacific Theater of Operations
Race Drivin'
Radical Rex
Raiden Trad
Rampart
Revolution X featuring Aerosmith
RoboCop 3
Rock 'n Roll Racing
Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II
Romance of the Three Kingdoms III
Samurai Shodown
Saturday Night Slam Masters SNES
SeaQuest DSV
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye
Shaq-Fu
Side Pocket
Simpsons, The: Bart's Nightmare
Simpsons, The: Krusty's Super Funhouse
Simpsons, The: Virtual Bart
Soldiers of Fortune
Spider-Man/Venom: Maximum Carnage
Spider-Man/Venom: Separation Anxiety
Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge
Star Trek Deep Space Nine: Crossroads of Time
Stargate
Steel Talons
Street Figher
Sunset Riders
Super Baseball 2020
Super Battleship
Super Battletank: War in the Gulf
Super High Impact
Super Off-Road
Super Smash TV
Super Street Fighter II
Syndicate
T2: The Arcade Game
Tecmo Super Baseball
Tecmo Super Bowl
Tecmo Super Bowl II: Special Edition
Tecmo Super Bowl III: Final Edition
Tecmo Super NBA Basketball
Test Drive II: The Duel
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
Tick, The
TNN Bass Tournament of Champions
Top Gear 2
Toy Story (Disney's)
Toys
Troy Aikman NFL Football
True Lies
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Uncharted Waters
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons
Urban Strike: The Sequel to Jungle Strike
Warlock
WarpSpeed
Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars
Wayne's World
WeaponLord
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Tale
Wheel of Fortune
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?
Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits
Wolfchild
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage
World Cup USA '94
World Heroes
WWF Raw
WWF Royal Rumble SNES
WWF Super Wrestlemania
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game
Y's III: Wanderers From Y's Genesis
Zero: The Kamikaze Squirrel
Zombies Ate My Neighbors SNES
Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension
Zoop

Games on SNES and Sega CD/32X:
AD&D: Eye of the Beholder
Blackthorne
Doom
Earthworm Jim (SNES, Genesis, SEGA CD) SEGA CD
Fatal Fury Special
Final Fight SEGA CD
Hook
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV
SimEarth: The Living Planet
Star Trek Starfleet Academy
Wing Commander

Games that are similar, but the ports are not exactly the same:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (SNES)
& Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist (Genesis)
Thunder Spirits (SNES)
& Thunder Force III (Genesis)
Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES)
& Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition (Genesis)

Games that are complete different on each platform:
Adventures of Batman & Robin, The (SNES, Genesis, SMS, Sega CD)
Aladdin
Alien 3
Animaniacs
Batman Returns
Beavis & Butthead, MTV's
Bonkers
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Sega CD)
Hardball III
Home Alone
Jungle Book
Jurassic Park (SNES, Genesis, Sega CD)
Mighty Morphin Power Ranges
Mighty MOrphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Ninja Warriors (SNES, Sega CD)
Paperboy 2
Pirates of Darkwater
Popful Mail (SNES, Sega CD)
Robocop vs. Terminator
Scooby-Doo Mystery
Shadowrun
Sparkster
Street Racer
Spider-Man
Taz Mania
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (NES, SNES, Genesis)
Terminator, The (Snes, Genesis, Sega CD)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by SpaceBooger Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:44 pm

Zombies Ate my Neighbors
Until I put the two versions next to each other I never realised just how much of a gulf in graphics quality there was between them, with the Mega Drive looking much grainier and cruder. Apart from the graphics the Mega Drive version is pretty much worse than the SNES original in every aspect so overall this comparison is a clear win for the SNES.

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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by Hobie-wan Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:08 am

Sega 16 has comparisons for Final Fight, TMNT beat em ups, WWF Royal Rumble, and Ys III.
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by Sasha_Blue Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:00 am

Check out this guy. He has a segment called Same Name, Different Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2pqOe4bCRA

This is a bit on Mortal Kombat. It's very interesting
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by SpaceBooger Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:34 am

Hobie-wan wrote:Sega 16 has comparisons for Final Fight, TMNT beat em ups, WWF Royal Rumble, and Ys III.

Added them all except for TMNT. The results were inconclusive since they both have strengths that make the game worth playing, and that they are different games.
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by Gunstar Green Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:17 am

TMNT is a weird one since they're partially the same and partially different. But yes, while people may prefer one or the other they're both worth playing.

Are you going to link to any of the other Retro Sanctuary ones since you did ZAMN?

http://retro-sanctuary.com/Comparisons%20Main.html
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by SpaceBooger Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:37 am

The Adams Family
In the end the winner just has to be the SNES version, the Mega Drive port is very good (even managing to win out in a few areas, as well as being uncensored) but overall doesn't manage to equalise the SNES port in either graphics or sound.
Overall winner is: SNES
http://retro-sanctuary.com/comparisons-the-addams-family.html



Cool Spot
Between the console versions. Although the SNES wins out in graphics in the largest part of the stages (not all though) it falls down in sound, and especially in gameplay. The gameplay in this case is inferior by just too much of a degree, its to an extent that it does actually hurt the overall experience, making this version feel a little more tedious than before.
Overall Winner Is: Mega Drive
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Earthworm Jim
Firstly, as far as I'm concerned the main summary of the SNES version is that though it has some issues with screen stretching it still wins out on graphics over the other two versions, but loses out on both gameplay and sound. If the graphics had been more of a white wash, and if the gameplay was more on par with the other versions then it could've stood a chance at winning this comparison but as it is the Mega Drive version still gives the SNES a run for its money on graphics anyway (For Pete's Sake, What the Heck, Down the Tubes), and gameplay wise in my opinion the SNES version missing a level is a pretty important issue, for this reason I'm placing this version last, though its still a very nice version of the game and should definitely be checked out by fans for its impressive graphics alone.
Between the Mega Drive and Mega CD versions there truly is no contest, the Mega CD version has everything the Mega Drive version has along with a password system, CD quality music, more levels, more sound effects and more animations, the only small point the Mega Drive version has in its favour is the lack of load times but this point is pretty insignificant when looking at all the Mega CD version's bonuses.
Overall Winner Is: Mega CD
http://retro-sanctuary.com/comparisons%20-%20earthworm%20jim.html


James Pond II - Robocod
Out of the console versions its difficult to find a winner, on the one hand the SNES version at least retains some colour, and has good music, but on the other, lamentably, its gameplay suffers to constant slowdown, and some of the stages (the upside down ones) have been compromised. For this reason I feel that I'm going to have to go with the more conservative Mega Drive version as the best console port due to it bein a little more consistent.
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The Lion King
Where the console versions are concerned I must admit that I was surprised by how close in quality the two games are, previously I had been led to believe that the SNES version was the far superior version of the game in every aspect, but this is simply not the case, and in reality this has actually been one of the hardest comparisons to judge.
Graphically its a toss up, the levels with tons of dithering tend to be better on the SNES ("Pride Rock" and especially "Hakuna Matata") but the "red" levels as I'll call them (Simba's Exile and especially "Be Prepared") look a little rushed by comparison. Another thing standing in the favour of the Mega Drive version's graphics is the extra parallax, which gives an edge to the Mega Drive on the more comparable levels ("Can't Wait to Be King" on the SNES looks close to identical to the Mega Drive port except with less parallax, giving its background more of a poster hanging in the background look).
On the gameplay side the Mega Drive version plays slightly better though, and this is the crux of my indecision, at what stage does presentation offset inferior gameplay? this is no huge difference we're talking about, the SNES game only plays slightly worse, but it looks and especially sounds noticeably better. In the end I have to make a decision, and under protest I'm giving the win to the SNES version, because I feel that the difference in gameplay is not big enough to offset what is, in my opinion the deciding factor of this comparison, the music. The music of the SNES version really adds a lot to the atmosphere of the game and helps to give the adventure more of an epic feel.
Overall Winner Is: SNES
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by Ack Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:42 am

You're missing Power Athlete. In the US, it was known as Deadly Moves on the Sega Genesis and Power Moves on the SNES. The games are nearly identical in content, though the Genesis version includes the boss as a playable character.

As far as graphics go, they're very similar, though there is a particle effect to simulate dirt whenever you hit the ground, and I prefer the SNES version's take. The sound effects and music is also superior on the SNES version, but it's not a huge difference in my opinion. Here's gameplay of both, though unfortunately the SNES video is square while the Mega Drive video is stretched so a direct visual comparison of sprites isn't easy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQy9SAieOwY = SNES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDhkyRSFgCo = Mega Drive
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by Gunstar Green Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:46 am

My girlfriend is a big fan of the Lion King game. She tried both versions once and came to the same conclusion about the gameplay and ultimately preferred the Genesis version because of it.

I feel that one's a bit of a toss up.
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Re: SNES and Genesis Port Comparison

by jinx Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:52 am

Gunstar Green wrote:My girlfriend is a big fan of the Lion King game. She tried both versions once and came to the same conclusion about the gameplay and ultimately preferred the Genesis version because of it.

I feel that one's a bit of a toss up.

I was going to post this, but second guessed myself. Wasn't sure if it was just me. I grew up with both cartridges, but always found myself playing the Genesis version. She's not alone in her opinion.
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