The controller feels really good and has standard L and R shoulder buttons and Y, X, A, and B buttons. The Select and Start buttons feel awkward the first time, but they're not a big deal. The console is very easy to carry from one place to another, so it's not really heavy. If you didn't know, there were two SNES consoles. I had the other one that didn't have the eject button that pops out your cartridge.
The game lineup for the Super Nintendo did well, but lots of ports to Nintendo's console didn't do well. Mortal Kombat 1 was known for this as people were disappointed about no blood in the SNES version. Instead, they bought the Genesis version and used the blood code. MK2 finally relieved the fans' hearts as it showed blood on both the Genesis and SNES versions, without a code. Street Fighter 2 was another game that people wanted a SNES for. It was almost the same as the arcade version, delivering the best fighting action next to Mortal Kombat. RPGs like Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars were one of the best RPGs made for the SNES. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was hailed as one of the best games ever made for the SNES. With an excellent save feature after you die, there was no frustration as you could enjoy the game. Chrono Trigger was another excellent favorite for the SNES's RPG collection. Sports games like NBA Live 96 and NBA Jam were very popular for the SNES, so people turned to it for sports games.
The sound/music were highlights for the Super Nintendo. The SNES could provide many perfect songs and great sound effects for all games. Heck, even the music in the Super Star Wars series was even sounding like the movie's soundtrack! The Genesis was provided with cheesy or MIDI music for its system while Nintendo was #1 for the music and sound.
Finally, the graphics for SNES games were excellent. While the Genesis looked great too, the SNES inched out the Genesis. Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong games were the best looking ones, with colorful graphics. Star Fox was known as a huge great looking one for fans. With 3D polygon graphics, you could just say "Wow!"
Overall: The SNES is still great, even today. If you see a SNES, don't hesitate-- buy it! I know mine still works, and I still play mine to this day as well. Grade: A
The Genesis was provided with cheesy or MIDI music for its system while Nintendo was #1 for the music and sound.
Finally, the graphics for SNES games were excellent. While the Genesis looked great too, the SNES inched out the Genesis.
Nice job with the review Linkdude.
I would like to add a few things to it though... I think many people on this site would tend to disagree that the SNES had better music. Surely it had the capabilities, but the Genesis is home to some of the greatest videogame music ever!
Its also worth noting that while the SNES games had better colors and the graphics were an overall step up from the Genesis, but many a SNES game suffered from slowdown. The Genesis handled frentic games much better than the SNES.
But few games for any system can match the soundtracks of RPGs such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, or Lufia II.
Genesis....as noted, more original game ideas. A coolness factor that can't be denied, better/more comftorble controls (with the 6 button pads), and overall superior library of games and in the end, the best SHOOT EM UP system ever (except possibly the TG-16)
SNES...Far better 16 bit technology. The colors really pop out at you with direct audio/video connections (very hard to find that Genny DIN cable and the "new" Genny is RF only!)...a gaming heaven for Mario fans with Super Mario World and Yoshis Island AND SMB all stars! BEAUTIFUL color and Audio (anyone think Genesis is superior needs to play ACTRAISER! The Pounding Audio and incredible colors and animation are superb!)...like 5200 and Colecovision, both had good games and I WANT THEM BOTH!
If you guys want to hear the difference in sound between an SNES and a Genesis, just get Aladdin for both systems. They are different games, and the Genesis version sounds much better. Maybe developers just put more effort into sound on the SNES, but I think it was also more capable in that area.
As long as you're talking about the Genesis 3. I have a couple questions about newer versions of consoles. I have the original top-loader NES, a Genesis 3, the smaller, newer version of the SNES, and the slim PS2. I know that the top-loader NES works better than the original version, from personal experience, but I was wondering if the same is true with the others.
Sorry for straying off-topic.