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How much power do you think the Sega Genesis had?

by Gary on July 24, 2020


I am a game developer on my 2nd year in college and been making games for years now. I know a lot about how versatile the Genesis 68000 Motorola CPU and the back up Z80 CPU was. It was just about as wide spread as the 6502 that too many computers, consoles and even industrial equipment used to list. However, the video I provided is hard coded then pushed to a homebrew cartridge. The audio is 4 channel amiga style module digital music coupled with the hard coded palette swapped sprite animations, well we will say this blew my mind. Back in the day this machine amazed. Here it is some 30 odd years later and here I am amazed again. Bravo. Watch the video see what you think and let's talk Sega Genesis and it's powerhouse :)

To be clear I did not make this just happened across it looking at what the demo scene had been doing with Genesis hardware.




Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

I love demo scenes especially for older consoles they maximize these machines and show off their true potential.
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Corey Buckner @cbuckner
July 24, 2020

Wow, these look like PS1 or even Dreamcast quality animations on those graphics. This is pretty insane.
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

Now I found a SNES version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvjoTNQDVno However, with better audio quality I think visually it's not as smooth as the Genesis version of the same demo.
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Corey Buckner @cbuckner
July 24, 2020

NICE! Definitely sounds better but yeah, it looks to have a few fewer frames of animation or something.
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

The one thing I notice with the SNES is the palette for black and white should be perfect, similar to the Sega and even the Atari 400 version of the same sequence however, the SNES suffers from really bad banding in the images like the Sun in the one part appears as several circles of harsh shades of white where the Sega handles it more like the original music video. One small note too the song "Bad Apple" originates from the NEC PC-98000 computer from Japan, which was a bullet hell shooter. The game is called Touhou 4 that the song comes from then about 2010 Nomico a Japanese singer decided to put lyrics to it and the song blew up from there in Japan. The demo scene latched on to the song and there are versions of the video for 2600, Atari 400/800/ 5200 (console), PC Engine via a MSX computer, Genesis, Super NES, NES, Master System, Amiga, Commodore 64, Gameboy (B&W), SNK Neo Geo and a bunch of other platforms. I've seen a few Texas Instrument calculators with it LOL. So the demo scene loves the song and visuals of the music video.
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Corey Buckner @cbuckner
July 24, 2020

Oh wow. I'm going to go and find that 2600 version; I can only imagine what that bad boy's gonna look like
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

It's very not anti-aliased LOL the edges are rough and the music is rougher still but it does maintain frame rate and doesn't have color banding like the SNES.

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Corey Buckner @cbuckner
July 24, 2020

HA! I just watched it at https://youtu.be/Ko9ZA50X71s. Um.. yeah; VERY not anti-aliased๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

Coming up 404 not found
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

Fixed the link is including the period at the end of the sentence. I think frame rate is better than the SNES too.
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Gary @DarkFact
July 24, 2020

If your curios what the lyrics are here's an english cover more in tune with the original Touhou version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xz4NV0zsbY
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