super 32x

NBA Jam Tournament Edition
Publisher: Midway Games (Arcade), Acclaim (DOS, MD, 32X, SNES, Jaguar, Saturn, PS1, GB, GG)
Developer: Midway Games (Arcade), Iguana Entertainment (DOS, MD, 32X, SNES, Saturn, PS1, GG), High Voltage Software (Jaguar), Torus Games (GB)
Platform: Arcade, MS-DOS, Mega Drive / Genesis, 32X, Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Jaguar, Saturn, PlayStation, Game Boy, Game Gear
Year: 1994 (Arcade), 1995 (DOS, MD, 32X, SNES, Jaguar, Saturn, NA PS1, GB, GG), 1996 (JP/EU PS1)

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Ever wondered what Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 would look like if it were made a lot longer ago? If it was a Super Nintendo, Sega 32X, or Atari Jaguar game? I attempted to re-create the office in that style, and while I was at it, Mangle! Since I made her model up, it was only natural to try to recreate some of her scenes in the game using the CAD renders I made!

I even put together an animated version using all the stills:

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Mortal Kombat II
Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Games Chicago / NetherRealm Studios
Platform: Arcade, Genesis / Mega Drive, 32X, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, MS-DOS, Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Windows
Year: 1993 (Arcade), 1994 (MD, SNES, 32X, Amiga), 1995 (DOS), 1996 (Saturn, PS1), 2004 (PS2, Xbox, GCN), 2011 (PS3, 360), 2012 (Windows)

DOOM
Publisher: GT Interactive (Windows, Mac, Saturn), Activision (GBA), Atari (Jaguar), Bethesda (360, PS3), SEGA (32X), Williams Entertainment (SNES, PS1)
Developer: id Software
Platform: MS-DOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Jaguar, 3DO, Sega 32X, Saturn, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, iOS
Year: 1993 (DOS, Mac), 1994 (Linux, 32X, Jaguar), 1995 (NA/EU SNES/PS1), 1996 (JP SNES/PS1, 3DO, Windows), 1997 (Saturn), 2001 (GBA), 2005 (Xbox), 2006 (360), 2009 (iOS), 2012 (PS3)

Mortal Kombat II
Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Games Chicago / NetherRealm Studios
Platform: Arcade, Genesis / Mega Drive, 32X, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, MS-DOS, Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Windows
Year: 1993 (Arcade), 1994 (MD, SNES, 32X, Amiga), 1995 (DOS), 1996 (Saturn, PS1), 2004 (PS2, Xbox, GCN), 2011 (PS3, 360), 2012 (Windows)

The Japanese Super 32X library is.. tiny. Even with 11 games in my possession I only have 6 games to go until I have a 100% complete library. As it stands I’ve got:

After Burner Complete [アフターバーナー・コンプリート]
Chaotix [カオテックス]
Cyber Brawl [サイバーブロール]
DOOM [デゥーム]
Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes [ゴルフマガジン36グレイトホールズ]
Metal Head [メタルヘッド]
Mortal Kombat II [モータル・コンバットII]
Space Harrier [スペースハリアー]
Star Wars Arcade [スターウォーズアーケード]
Tempo [テンポ]
Virtual Racing Deluxe [V.R.デラックス]

5 are pretty easy to source, the 6th is relatively easy to find but was a Japanese-only title (ergo no localisation version at all) and tends to fetch a pretty penny. 

Also I kinda have a not-so-secret love for the 32x. I’m sorry, but it was ahead of its time, regardless of what the naysayers think. Yes the boost was only small, people were expecting too much out of the system having been allured by the wow of the Saturn/Playstation/(at the time) Ultra 64 that were starting to hit the magazines as the companies looked to the future. Looking at the actual technology it was pushing the unit heavily.

It was a combination of bad marketing, stigma from the Mega CD beforehand, and coming out right before the launch window of the Saturn. If it’d landed a few years earlier it would have likely been quite strong in all honesty. The short lifespan means a very small library. Counting games across the board in all regions the library caps out at 34 titles - the last one ever released being a PAL only game called DarXide in 1996. 1996. 

Completing the Japanese Super 32x library is going to be easy, as is the NA library. The PAL library is going to be terrible. The units are rare enough as it is (I was lucky and scored my one totally boxed at a second hand store here after years of searching for a unit WITH cables WITH brackets working; online) and the games are moreso. I would adore having a copy of Knuckles’ Chaotix but the price for a PAL version boxed is insane. Especially when you consider the NA market NTSC copies sell for $20 a piece, boxed. Nevermind that DarXide can sell into the thousands. 

Ah, collecting and nostalgia.