The War of the two Aladdin

Which was the superior Aladdin videogame?

  • Capcom's Disney's Aladdin (SNES)

    Votes: 820 47.1%
  • Virgin Games Disney's Aladdin (MD/Genesis)

    Votes: 921 52.9%

  • Total voters
    1,741

Stef

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Oct 28, 2017
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Rome, Italy, Planet Earth
So, with the upcoming Aladdin live action movie I'd like to settle down this once and for all: which one of the two Aladdin videogames released in 1993 was the best?

At the time most of the discussion easily developed into a Super NES VS MegaDrive/Genesis battle so I guess that 25 years later we could have a more cold and detached evaluation of the two games.

I'm talking about Disney's Aladdin by Capcom (released at the time on Super Nes):

And Disney's Aladdin by Virgin Games (released on MegaDrive/Genesis and home computers):

So, which one gets your vote today?
 

steviestar3

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Jul 3, 2018
983
It's the SNES game. I grew up with the Genesis game and used to love it, but it's the SNES game. They're not even close to each other in quality.
 

Bitanator

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Oct 27, 2017
4,834
So, with the upcoming Aladdin live action movie I'd like to settle down this once and for all: which one of the two Aladdin videogames released in 1993 was the best?

At the time most of the discussion easily developed into a Super NES VS MegaDrive/Genesis battle so I guess that 25 years later we could have a more cold and detached evaluation of the two games.

I'm talking about Disney's Aladdin by Capcom (released at the time on Super Nes):

And Disney's Aladdin by Virgin Games (released on MegaDrive/Genesis and home computers):

So, which one gets your vote today?
I'm voting Genesis just because that SNES video you posted is using save states like a chump
 

tomd96

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Jul 6, 2018
91
Aladdin was the pack-in game when I got my SNES for Christmas 1994, whereas I don't think I even saw the Mega Drive version for a couple of years after that, so Capcom wins for me with a heavy nostalgia bias!
 

j3d1j4m13

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Feb 24, 2019
106
Today I learned there were two Aladdin games. Thanks OP! I played the Genesis one, so my vote goes to that one.
 

Fifstar

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Oct 27, 2017
112
Only played (and liked a lot) the Snes game when I was a kid. Although I thought the Genesis was clearly the better version according to critics back then. Like, the snes game was good, but the genesis version was supposed to be really great.
 

Blackage

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Oct 27, 2017
647
I really liked both versions, hell I even liked the game gear version despite it being way more Prince of Persia like.

I liked that each game was a fairly unique experience.
 

Masoyama

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Oct 27, 2017
3,992
I love that whoever was playing the snes version on that video was using a shit ton of save states on the magic carpet escape level and still dying like every 3 seconds. Fuck that level, still leaves me with bad memories.
 

Karonoth

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Nov 10, 2018
417
I didn't play any of them but from the videos I'd much rather play the Mega drive one, the other one looks more generic.
 

roguesquirrel

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Oct 29, 2017
2,160
I remember digging every version of this game, but I also havent played any of them in a really long time.
 

bjork

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Oct 27, 2017
847
Master System all the way.

I like the Genesis one better, but it might be a case of owning it and only playing the SNES one occasionally at a relative's house.
 
May 26, 2018
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I love that whoever was playing the snes version on that video was using a shit ton of save states on the magic carpet escape level and still dying like every 3 seconds. Fuck that level, still leaves me with bad memories.
It was my bane as a small child. It's generally where I just gave up on the game and played something else. And I tried multiple times a year, as like.. a ritual. Because I loved that game, but knew eventually I'd get to the lava levels and stop having fun.
 

JustinH

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Oct 27, 2017
2,664
Genesis all the way. I liked the gameplay more and thought it looked and sounded better than the SNES version.

I had the Genesis version so I'm sure that's coloring my opinion, but when I played the SNES version at a friend's I was like "What happened?"
 

LewieP

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Oct 26, 2017
7,008
What a treat it was to get two fantastic games.

I think I lean slightly towards Mega Drive version.

Edit: I think it's a better representation of the source material, but perhaps it could be argued that the SNES one is a better platformer.
 

Ardiloso

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Oct 27, 2017
2,364
Brazil
Snes game is just an OK game. Genesis Aladdin is a legendary game, a work of art.
You should specify the platforms in the poll op.
 

Man God

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Oct 25, 2017
16,974
It's a mind fuck to have an SNES game that runs smoother and a Genesis game that looks and arguably sounds better.
 

Laserbeam

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Oct 27, 2017
1,839
Canada
It's the Capcom game by a fucking landslide for me.

I remember being a kid and basically "YOU GET A SWORD" being the super cool selling point of the Genesis version to my friends.

I didn't buy into it then and as I got older I realized how right I was. Kinda shit level design and mediocre gameplay while the SNES version was platforming goodness.
 

bytesized

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Oct 27, 2017
1,498
Amsterdam
I loved the mega drive version. A friend of mine had the snes version but it was visually so underwhelming compared to the mega drive one that I never really paid attention to it.
 

AfropunkNyc

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Nov 15, 2017
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Played both of em and the SNES Aladdin was magical, cause at the time i loved the hell out of platforming games and the color pallets of the Snes. Genesis version was a graphical show piece, though. Played the Snes version recently and found out how easy the game is when you hold down the run button.
 

Addleburg

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Nov 16, 2017
1,300
Despite being a Genesis kid I always preferred the SNES version, but I always thought it came down more to a question of preference and not one being better than the other. The genesis one seemed to actually have a lot more interesting things going on in its version, but I always found the difficulty curve to be a bit too high for me. I enjoyed the more easy-going nature of the SNES version.

edit: The SNES Aladdin video in the OP is tough to watch, especially compared to the Genesis video below it.
 
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Xiofire

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Oct 27, 2017
630
Genesis version until I die!

It was the first video game I played, so I have a strong bias lmao
 

BriGuy

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Oct 27, 2017
2,680
The Genesis version looks better and has smoother animation, the SNES version is the better game. I wish I could mash the two together.
 

ASaiyan

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Oct 25, 2017
6,912
The Genesis version looks better, and actually lets you use a sword. But Capcom's SNES version is still clearly the better game.
 

Magnus

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Oct 25, 2017
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All that mattered on the playground was that on the Genesis version you had a sword.

(SNES one was better)