The first 16-bit console to enter the console wars, the Sega Genesis, arrived with a bang back in the 1989 here in the United States. After waging a very successful war against Nintendo and its SNES for numerous years, it eventually stepped aside to make room for the 32/64-bit wars. The very last commercially released game for the system was Frogger, released in 1998.
Yet new games are still being made for the Genesis, even to this very day, albeit unofficially. And most are ports of pre-existing games, again unofficially, but they prove that there’s still much that can be done with the now ancient hardware.
The first example is from a recent Kotaku post that’s about a Wreck-It-Ralph port, of a game that originated on smart phones. But the following video is actually from the comments section, of a slightly superior (and more “authentic”) version than the one highlighted:
Unlike the one highlighted in the article, music and voice samples, even the cut scenes. But guess what’s even more impressive? The following Star Fox port:
It needs to be noted that the music was added by the creator of the video. The rom, which is a proof of concept more than anything else, has no audio. Plus much of the mechanics are missing, like the ability to shoot lasers, unleash bombs, or even perform a barrel roll.
But otherwise, it’s the SNES classic on the Genesis at last. The frame rate is impressively comparable, as is the color palette. Though what’s even more amazing is how the port is running off stock Genesis hardware, whereas the original game required an additional graphics processor in its cartridge, the Super FX chip.
The rom is out in the wild, for anyone who is interested, and there are other videos out there of people playing the game on a real deal Genesis, thanks to flash carts. But yeah, Genesis really does after-all.