16 bit games better as originals/sequels
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Donkey Kong Country - Super famicom and SNES
An arguable pick, but I enjoy the first game more than the second, probably because you can play as Donkey Kong and you don't have to find coins to access certain areas.
Breath of Fire II - Super famicom and SNES
I nearly put the first game here, primarily because of the cast of characters. However, the second game is more difficult and as a result it is a more enjoyable experience for seasoned RPG players.
Gauntlet IV - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
I don't care for 16 bit graphics that much. I actually prefer 8 bit or 3D graphics most of the time. Still, Gauntlet 4 has very tight corridors which make it stand out a bit from the original games, which tended to have a somewhat open layout.
Dragon Quest VI: Maboroshi no Daichi - Super famicom and SNES
All the Dragon Quest games are REALLY good, but 6 is better than 5 because of the story and some mechanics, like the infinite item bag.
The 7th Saga - Super famicom and SNES
A considerably better game than the sequel (although, some people claim they aren't in the same series), Mystic Ark. Mystic Ark is all over the place in terms of story, and it has one entire dungeon that is more of a point and click adventure than an rpg.
Dual Orb II - Super famicom and SNES
This is not the most well received game (speaking generally), but it has much better graphics in battle than the original Dual Orb.
Mega Man X - Super famicom and SNES
A game that was and is exceptionally well received. It is even better than the sequels because of item placement and bosses.
Lufia & the Fortress of Doom - Super famicom and SNES
A game that is OBVIOUSLY better than the sequel, which removed random encounters and had many frustrating puzzles. Some people dislike the 'NES hard' difficulty of the first game, but I greatly enjoy it.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning - Super famicom and SNES
R Type 1 is notorious for slowdown on Super Nintendo. 3 has more action and it runs at a high FPS (as far as I can tell).
Final Fantasy IV - Super famicom and SNES
A CLEARLY better game than 6, and very slightly better than 5, Final Fantasy 4 is the most fun of the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy games. Engaging, and similar to Final Fantasy Tactics (in plot), it's hard to put this one down.
The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock... - Super famicom and SNES
The other Flintstones game was based on the movie (IIRC) and the graphics didn't age that well.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 - Super famicom and SNES
Thracia beats Genealogy because of the huge, sprawling maps in the latter game, but I enjoy both, particularly because of their control scheme.
Final Fight 3 - Super famicom and SNES
I for one loved being able to use an AI as a partner in this beat em up.
Trouble Shooter - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
A shoot em up that was better than the sequel. In the original you can play with an AI partner from the start.
Phantasy Star IV - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
A very well received rpg. 4 is probably more playable than 2 or 3.
Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
In the original you had to restart a stage if you shot too many civilians (with the same number of credits you finished the stage with). However, neither game is exceptional.
Ghostbusters - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
Better than Ghostbusters 1 and 2 for NES, it had many advantages as a solid run and gun game.
Golden Axe - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive
Who didn't love using the dwarf's axe on lizard men? I believe it's the third game that he was missing from in this beat em up series.
Super Metroid - Super famicom and SNES
Better received than NES Metroid because of the gameplay and the presence of a map.
Congo's Caper - Super famicom and SNES
A spin off to the Joe and Mac series, this one doesn't have the unfortunately short stages the first game had.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles in Time... - Super famicom and SNES
A very well designed beat em up and better received than any of the NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.
Tetris Attack - Super famicom and SNES
Could this be a sequel to Tetris? Maybe? I greatly prefer it to vanilla tetris. Even better if you play with a friend.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Super famicom and SNES
I'm not the biggest Mario fan, but I did play Super Mario World extensively back in the day, and my opinion is that it didn't age well at all. 2 is more fun because it is so innovative.
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