Here in South Africa, the 16 bit console wars didn’t really happen. Nintendo had close to zero presence, meaning the Super Nintendo was never released here to compete head to head with the Sega Mega Drive (Or Sega Genesis, if you’re from the Americas.) It means that locally, the 16 bit console fanboy drivel remained uncontested – so Sonic’s more popular than Mario, Streets of Rage stirs up more nostalgia than Final Fight and Mortal Kombat is favoured over Street Fighter.
I’m not here to pit them against each other; each system had its pros and cons – and I know that here, the Mega Drive would win hands down. The SNES could display more colours on screen, while the Mega Drive and its “blast processing” actually mean more on-screen action and less slowdown. Instead, let’s celebrate the 16 bit era.
Tell us what the best 16 bit games were (And why some of the comments are completely and absolutely wrong). For me, I was mostly in the SNES camp thanks to a superb version of Street Fighter II, the brilliance of Super Mario World and one of my very favourite games ever, Chrono Trigger. That said, Sega’s system had its wealth of gems too. Gunstar Heroes is still one of my favourite action games, and the world really does need a new Shinobi.
Last Updated: July 8, 2016