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    8-bit games which are better than their 16-bit counterparts

    I was thinking, which 8-bit games in your opinion(s) are superior games to their 16-bit equivalents?

    IMO the NES and PCE (8-bit) conversions of The New Zealand Story are better than conversion on the 16-bit Atari ST, and probably edge the Amiga version in some ways.

    Some would argue that Sonic the Hedgehog on the Master System is a better platform game than the Mega Drive original (not me, however, although honestly Iím not a Sonic fan).

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    Master System R-Type, Chase HQ on the speccy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Protocol Penguin View Post
    Some would argue that Sonic the Hedgehog on the Master System is a better platform game than the Mega Drive original (not me, however, although honestly Iím not a Sonic fan).
    As a longtime Sonic fan Iíve never understood it. Like, if you had it at the time and you have a strong personal connection to it, I totally follow that - but Iíve never understood how some people see the MS version as just an all-round better game.

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    I preferred Master System/Game Gear Sonic games to their 16-Bit counterparts too...

    Might Final Fight is still only single player, but at least it features all three characters.

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    Master System R-Type, while great, I couldn't go for it over the PCE version.

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    I LOVED Mighty Final Fight. So much fun. Sonic on the Master System, I can kind of understand that. I think I’d still prefer the Megadrive version but the MS/GG versions were quite different and had some great stuff the Megadrive one didn’t have so I can see how the preference could swing that way. And the end credits music is beautiful if I remember correctly.

    My pick is a Game Gear one - Castle of Illusion. I’m not even sure what it was but I preferred playing it to the Megadrive version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Protocol Penguin View Post

    IMO the NES and PCE (8-bit) conversions of The New Zealand Story are better than conversion on the 16-bit Atari ST, and probably edge the Amiga version in some ways.
    The Master System version of New Zealand Story is better than any of that lot and the Megadrive version.
    And I agree that the MS/GG version of Caste of Illusion is a better game than the MD version.

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    Oh, I remember playing Castle of Illusion and GG Shinobi in bed, under the covers, with the lights off... Mickey looked so bright and happy and colourful on that backlit screen.

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    Buggy Boy on the C64 is faster and more fun than the 16-bit versions.

    PowerDrift on the C64 is also much more enjoyable than the clunky 16-bit versions.

    So, C64 for the win!

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    Almost makes me feel a bit queezy to think of the Master System Sonics as being better than the Mega Drive ones. They were decent fun but... no.

    For me, Off Road. Had good fun with that but Super Off Road never clicked the same

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