I re-purchased a Sega 32X. I don't know why... (lemmy.world)
from TwistedPear@lemmy.world to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 12:44 +0000

I used to have a 32x back in the day, but you know, Sega did what they did, and it didn’t really pan out. I thought the mushroom system was cool tech, but lamented how little value it added to the Genesis. I essentially gave it away.

The library was small, and even the top tier A-list games barely even graze competency, let alone “good”. Most of them play well enough in emulation (there are exceptions, of course), and even Mister has a core for it now.

Still, I unironically enjoy Cosmic Carnage; Doom on 32x was sadly rushed but the result is hilarious for so many reasons (my favorite is the end of the game dumps you into a fake DOS prompt); and I still remember being legit excited to play Mortal Kombat II on the system, and it got a lot of mileage. So it wasn’t all bad.

It may not make a lot of sense to buy it again now for the nostalgia, especially with all the benefits of hindsight I have. Did it anyway.

WintLizard@sopuli.xyz on 31 Jul 2023 12:50 +0000 next

Now you just need to get the CD and your genesis will be complete!

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eroc1990@lemmy.parastor.net on 31 Jul 2023 12:50 +0000 next

The holy trinity.

AlternateRoute@lemmy.ca on 31 Jul 2023 13:49 +0000

It’s the tower of power

P34C0CK@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:06 +0000 next

SEGA shelves at toy stores and rental stores were so chaotic in this era ❤️

tigerdactyl@lemmy.dbzer0.com on 31 Jul 2023 13:37 +0000 next

Parents were so (understandably) confused when buying games lol

LordOfTheChia@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:44 +0000

It started with a good idea. Games were selling for the SNES and Genesis with 3D chips built in (and were really expensive). Like Virtua Racer (SVP chip) and Star Fox (FX chip). So why not sell the 3D chip add on separately instead of paying $100 a cartridge.

They botched the release (no 3 games at launch) and full 3D consoles were too close. The Saturn was released in the US 6 months after the 32X.

Would have been interesting if they had released it sooner or if they had released Virtua Racer or Virtua Fighter with the 32X instead of the standalone releases.

Neat video on the built in 3D chips:


Edit: Video specifically about the 32x


peetabix@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:14 +0000 next

That would be totally mega.

StinkySnork@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 13:16 +0000 next

I almost achieved this. I had the master system adapter instead of the 32x. Does that count?

lanbanger@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 14:11 +0000

A Master Gear Converter would have made you a baller https://castlemaniagames.com/cdn/shop/products/20210405_201406_HDR.jpg

Bonehead@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 14:18 +0000

I didn't know this existed until this minute, and now I really really want one for my Game Gear.

cheeseandkrakens@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 14:55 +0000 next

I had this and it was glorious

mk36109@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 20:56 +0000

make it even taller and add a sega channel attachment (if only the service still existed)

TheCraiggers@lemmy.dbzer0.com on 01 Aug 2023 00:00 +0000

I wanted that service so bad as a kid. I terrorized my local cable company by calling every single day for months (sometimes more than once) thinking “if enough people called asking for it, they’d get it”. RIP receptionist lady.

Holodeck_Moriarty@lemm.ee on 31 Jul 2023 13:01 +0000 next

Now stack a game genie on top of that, like some cursed totem pole.

neomis@sh.itjust.works on 31 Jul 2023 13:06 +0000

Followed by sonic and knuckles, and sonic 3.

P34C0CK@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:08 +0000

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HobbitFoot@thelemmy.club on 31 Jul 2023 13:38 +0000 next

Mother of God…

tigerdactyl@lemmy.dbzer0.com on 31 Jul 2023 13:38 +0000 next

<img alt="the horror" src="https://i.imgur.com/9EglfwQ.gif">

NakariLexfortaine@lemm.ee on 31 Jul 2023 15:03 +0000 next

Do you know what you’re doing?! The risks you’re taking?! That’s too much power in one room! Children died from this! You’re going to be overloaded with Blast Processing!

RooRLoord420@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 16:29 +0000 next

I’ve never been so aroused in my life.

4am@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 16:39 +0000

The Tower of Power? Psssh, witness my Fortress of Solitude

sirico@feddit.uk on 31 Jul 2023 13:13 +0000 next

I wanted one so bad when I was younger. If ever there was a new old stock cache waiting, it’s for this.

ivanafterall@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 17:08 +0000

Same, I especially wanted Slam City with Scottie Pippen SO MUCH. "IT'S SO REAL!"

hoodatninja@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 13:20 +0000 next

It may not make a lot of sense to buy it again now for the nostalgia, especially with all the benefits of hindsight I have. Did it anyway.

Never, ever let this stop you from enjoying this hobby. Nothing about retrogaming collection makes sense. That's not the point! Enjoyment and utility or "making sense" are not directly linked.

Do I need to tear down a dreamcast and mod the ever living hell out of it to play it? No. Do I need to letterbomb my wii? Of course not. But I wanted to because learning the process and just doing it was fun in and of itself. Arguably more than playing the games.

Reverendender@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 15:19 +0000

Wait, this is a thing? I definitely have some consoles for you!

hoodatninja@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 17:11 +0000

I'm always open to potentially taking unwanted game consoles haha. But you should just look locally, you'd be surprised who wants it. And believe it or not, Facebook marketplace is fantastic for sellers and buyers alike. It's like a better craigslist and literally the only thing good about FB these days.

EnderWi99in@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 13:23 +0000 next

I had that thing with a Sega CD and saved every penny I could raise from shoveling snow and raking leaves to get them both and probably ended up playing like 3 games between each of them.

zerkrazus@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 13:31 +0000 next

I mean why not right? I plan to get one eventually along with a Sega CD. I bought a Saturn a couple years ago and only have 1 game for it still (Virtua Fighter). But I wanted one so I got one. I remember playing one during the national tour they did right before launch back in the day. I think someone I knew growing up had a 32X and a different person had a SCD, but I didn't know anyone that had them both.

RanchOnPancakes@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:37 +0000 next

I have wanted an old school mechanical Sega CD for years with the price on them has just gotten stupid.

alaxitoo@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 13:44 +0000 next

My husband was a Sega kid, I was a Nintendo kid, it’s been fun learning stuff about Sega that I had no idea of :)

NakariLexfortaine@lemm.ee on 31 Jul 2023 15:22 +0000

Sega has a really fun history to research into, from console ideas to their place in the Japanese arcade market.

For a time, they were really innovative, even if most of it didn’t work out the way they had hoped. Just throw it at a wall, see if it sticks.

This is a stupid one, but as a kid, E.A titles always stuck out to me because they had these unique cartridges. They were taller, and had this weird yellow tab on the side. Turns out it was to bypass some restrictions Sega had in place, but as a kid, I just thought it was neat that they looked different. It made me want to get them just to have more cool carts.

teamevil@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 23:07 +0000

Remember the Tengen Nintendo games?

NakariLexfortaine@lemm.ee on 01 Aug 2023 14:16 +0000

Those things always looked so gloriously bootleg to me, somehow even more than the Wisdom Tree releases.

Didn’t they also almost get sued by Nintendo over those? Or am I thinking of Atari and their love of lawsuits?

teamevil@lemmy.world on 01 Aug 2023 23:30 +0000

Pretty sure they figured out how to beat Nintendo’s propitiatory cartridge check...https://nicole.express/…/the-center-point…

lanbanger@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 14:09 +0000 next

If you haven't read it, and you're interested in the history of Sega in the US, then Console Wars is an excellent book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Console_Wars_(book).

maniajack@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 14:13 +0000 next

Kolibri was the shit. It was like Echo the dolphin but with a humming bird. I still have my 32x....somewhere.

Disgustoid@startrek.website on 31 Jul 2023 15:15 +0000

Never got to play Kolibri but Ecco was the shit for its time. I’m bummed no one ever made an updated version on more powerful systems. The 32X version was just the Genesis version with a bigger color pallette if memory serves.

dixius99@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 16:12 +0000

Wasn’t there a Dreamcast Ecco release? Not sure if it was any good.

Disgustoid@startrek.website on 31 Jul 2023 18:48 +0000

Even though I owned a Dreamcast, I somehow missed Ecco ever being released for it. Reading up about the game, it looks like a fun time.

CarlsIII@kbin.social on 31 Jul 2023 14:41 +0000 next

You want that one extra sound channel for MK2

sudsmcduff@lemmy.ca on 31 Jul 2023 15:00 +0000 next

The 32x was always super fascinating to me as a Nintendo kid…so much so, that I also bought one recently! It’s just a wild idea from a different era.

LillyPip@lemmy.ca on 31 Jul 2023 17:07 +0000 next

It’s beautiful. 🥺

DickFitzwel@lemmy.world on 31 Jul 2023 21:33 +0000 next

Man i fuckin LOVED my 32x when i was a kid. The playstation was out of our budget so I thought the 32x was the next best thing for 32bit gaming. It had the best console port of MKII, Star Wars was the shit, I played the crap out of Doom, NBA Jam, Virtua Racing, Tempo…

But the following year I traded it all in at Electronics Boutique for a credit towards a playstation lol

5in1k@lemm.ee on 31 Jul 2023 23:26 +0000 next

It’s important that the genesis looks like a toilet. A 32X is a must.

avater@lemmy.world on 01 Aug 2023 04:55 +0000 next

because eco the freaking dolphin!!!

TwistedPear@lemmy.world on 01 Aug 2023 09:52 +0000

You might be thinking Sega CD, which had re-releases of Ecco, but not the 32X.

avater@lemmy.world on 01 Aug 2023 09:56 +0000

since the 32X ist just an addon, he still can plays Eco on his megadrive 😅

ApeCavalryArt@lemmy.world on 05 Aug 2023 03:34 +0000

I think owning this back in the day turned me off console gaming completely. Genesis+Sega CD was lots of fun, I even had the memory cartridge to store more saves.

Then, so many different systems released around the same time, and it was hard to rent and read GamePro and hope you’d pick a good game.