I am not the youngest of men; not the oldest either but I’m certainly no spring chicken. I have made a lot of choices in my life, but one that will always resonate with me was the choice to purchase a Super Nintendo instead of a SEGA Genesis.
It was a tough decision, since the Genesis had already been out a couple of years and had Golden Axe and Altered Beast. ALTERED BEAST people! I can’t tell you how many hours I stood at an arcade cabinet, plugging it full of quarters just to play that game. It was an addiction and I wasn’t looking stop. But I was a loyalist and Nintendo was my home. I saved every penny I could muster. I had seen Super Mario World on display at Sears and just couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.
Finally, just after after Christmas 1992, my brothers and I pooled our resources and made the purchase. Life, from then on, would change forever. Super Mario World was a revelation from the 8-bit Nintendo days, A Link to the Past is my favorite game of all time, and we all know how I feel about Uniracers. It pushed me to larceny for crying out loud. This system was the center of my universe for a long time to come.
Lurking in the distance though, was the crafty old Genesis. I had a few friends that had decided (wrongly) to purchase the system and I had found that they always coveted what I had. Sure Sonic was entertaining enough, but it just didn’t have that one of a kind experience that the SNES offered. That was until the fateful day Mortal Kombat came out.
This was another game I had spent much time in the arcades playing and it was finally coming home, but something was missing. Namely, all the blood and gore that made the game what it was. You know where all that messy awesomeness was? That’s right, the Genesis. It had played the long game, and it had won.
So again, the brothers three did whatever they had to, and eventually were able to purchase the SEGA home experience. For a while, it seemed as though the SNES had some competition, but honestly it was a fleeting moment. Mortal Kombat was great and there were a few other titles that I can’t remember, but eventually I made it back to my home. I just couldn’t stay away. The call of gaming greatness was just too powerful. Mario Karts needed racing.
I don’t dislike the Genesis, it was a fine system and revolutionary for its time, but the SNES is just better. Its titles are unrivaled, the controller changed everything, and the system solidified gaming in the home. That’s why when people ask me to list off what are some of the best decisions I have ever made are, inevitably the SNES is on the list. Without it I don’t think you would be here right now, reading this piece and thinking to yourself, “Yeah, the SNES was great.”