MEGA POWER! The Smallest & Largest Sega Genesis Games

MEGA POWER! The Smallest & Largest Sega Genesis Games

February 20, 2023 0 By retrogamingdev

MEGA POWER! The Smallest & Largest Sega Genesis Games
This was originally a 2 part series where I went over the largest and smallest Genesis carts in megabits. I start with the smaller games and then move to the monster sizes at the end of the platform’s life.

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Opening “Sega” jingle is from Astal for the Sega Saturn.

Ending Music during the credits is from Batman for the Sega Genesis.

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Intro by Evan S.

Episode Notes:

1. Captured on the Mega SG and real hardware.

2. 8 megabits = 1 megabyte

3. 128 kilobytes = 1 megabit

4. There are some oddball cart sizes out there. Star Control was 12 megabits and Panorama Cotton was 20 megabits.

5. The introduction of CDROM technology was huge mainly because of the storage possibilities. Where as a cartridge was huge at 32 megabits at the time, a CD could hold a whopping 5400+ megabits.

6. The reason developers didn’t just start off with massive cartridge sizes in the 16-bit generation was cost. ROM was expensive and developers wanted to make money. Every increase in size increased cost, which was often passed on to the consumer. When a game had a larger cart size and things like battery backups, they tended to cost $10-$20 more than your average release. At the time of its launch in early 1990, Phantasy Star II cost $69.99 due to its 6-megabit ROM and battery backup.

7. So much was made about Strider’s 8 meg showing. The magazines, the ads, the reviews, it was a real draw to see how it turned out. It was incredible that even with 8 megs, there is still heavy compression going on to make that game work. Do you notice those pauses during gameplay you feel? That’s music being loaded for the next section.
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