THE VIDEO GAME DEBATE CLUB
Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat? The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time or Final Fantasy VII? NFL Blitz or Quarterback Club '98? WWF Attitude or WCW/NWO: Revenge? These were the schoolyard debates that predated internet flame wars. These were the debates that were often revisited but never truly settled.
This is the Video Game debate club thread. Each week, I'll submit two iconic video games for the WC masses to discuss and compare, with the ultimate question which one was better? What determines that, is completely up to you. Storylines, graphics, innovation, cultural impact, iconic characters that stand the test of time, production value, replayablity, nostalgia, whatever. Whatever matters to you. Just make your case.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Sega Genesis/Mega Drive - 1992) vs Super Mario World (Super Nintendo Entertainment System - 1991)
The two platformers that defined the 16-bit era. As a child of divorce who owned both a Sega Genesis and and SNES, it's hard for me to favor either of the two because they both hold a special place in my heart, tied to different spaces of nostalgia.
Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros 4, Super Mario World was the flagship title for the Super Nintendo back in the early 90's. It featured our returning hero Mario as he sought to save the 7 kingdoms of Dinosaur land from Bowser, with the help of his brother Luigi and their new friend Yoshi, who makes his debut in this game.
The follow up to the massively popular "Sonic The Hedgehog", Sonic 2 was released a little over a year after Super Mario World, to major critical and commercial success. With it's large, colorful levels, impressively fast action and infectiously catchy soundtrack, the game pushed the limits on what the Sega Master System/Genesis could do. Like Mario World, it was a gorgeous game for it's time and like Super Mario World did with Yoshi, Sonic 2 introduced another iconic character to the series. Sonic's pal Tails.
Each one is iconic in it's own right. Each one raised the bar for their respective consoles. So then, which one is better and why?