Why did America choose to makes their version of the snes hideous?
I feel physically ill just looking at it. Can someone give me a legitimate explanation?
The only thing I dislike about the US SNES is that it's unnecessarily large. There's so much unused space inside. The SF is a very pretty system, but the US one is far from ugly. The gray/purple/lavender color scheme is classy as fuck.
'Murica tends to like everything that's in-your-face. It needs to be big, it needs to be loud, it needs to be obvious. As one of my 'murican friends said to me, the people here "are not a subtle bunch".
Take Sega's 16-bit machine, for instance. Pictured here is the PAL version (top) and US version (bottom). The 'murican variant screams "Genesis" in HUGE LETTERS on the front so you know what it is (and was given a somewhat biblical name, because 'murica is still religious as fuck and that name alone counters your parents' argument that "video games are the devil"). It screams "HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHICS" is huge letters as well (and completely drops "stereo", as 'murica was still running on shitty composite-only TVs then and didn't pay much attention to that complicated high-tech feature). There's none of that bullshit in other regions.
>given a somewhat biblical name, because 'murica is still religious as fuck and that name alone counters your parents' argument that "video games are the devil"
This meme again? Besides, if you knew anything about bible thumpers, you'd know that using a biblical name or phrase on anything that isn't actually associated with the bible would likely repel them more than attract them. It would be seen as heresy.
The more common notion is that the term "Mega Drive" was already copyrighted by another company, which makes sense.
That said, I like both names. Mega Drive has this sort of mechanical, professional appeal to it, but it also sounds a little generic. Genesis is a little more swish, and "Sega Genesis" rolls off the tongue better than "Sega Mega Drive". Branding is a very important part of marketing here in the states, so it was probably a better idea for them to give it a name that firmly identified the brand. They didn't want people mistaking the Genesis for a Nintendo product.
There is also the notion that Genesis was used to symbolize a new beginning for Sega after the Master System wallowed in obscurity. To be fair, I didn't even know the Master System existed until years later, it was marketed very poorly.
It might be because it was the one I got as a child, but I always preferred the Genesis/MD 2 design. It was just sleek as fuck. In a time when Sega was trying to combat Nintendo by trying to be cooler and faster, this was the image they needed. The sweeping lines and mix of matte and gloss surfaces was gorgeous. I actually had no idea there was a "first model" until I saw one at a friend's house. I thought it was cool, but it just looked old and outdated to me. That may carry an appeal now, but back then, the Genesis 2 was the ideal they were striving for.
Didn't the genesis 1 have better audio than genesis 2? I could be talking out of my arse here, and I get that you're talking about aesthetics.
Aesthetically I prefer the genesis 1. Reminds me of 1980s cars.
Ask Lance Barr, he did it: http://www.nintendojo.com/archives/interviews/view_item.php?1130801472
ND: The Super NES design is quite square compared to the Super Famicom. What was your motivation for going in that design direction?
LB: The Super Famicom was maybe okay for the market in Japan. For the US, I felt that it was too soft and had no edge. We were always looking at future modular components (even the NES had a connector on the bottom), so you had to design with the idea of stacking on top of other components. I though the Super Famicom didn't look good when stacked and even by itself, had a kind of "bag of bread" look.
Ain't he a fucking bitch.
Americans need a place to put their soda can either onto or into on their consoles, same for the NES
Americans drink a lot of soda it's very important in their culture, the Japanese knew this would make it more succesful
Turn on your nearest TV, watch a few ads - aren't they the in-your-face type? Visit some news channel site, get an autoplay video - isn't it in-your-face content as well? This post is far from just speculation.
>'Murica tends to like everything that's in-your-face. It needs to be big, it needs to be loud, it needs to be obvious. As one of my 'murican friends said to me, the people here "are not a subtle bunch".
First of all "UNITED STATES". Say it with me "United" "States". Other than that, your statement is semi-ture
>Screams GENESIS on the front so you know what it is
Um, no shit?
>Given a Biblical name because "'merica" is still religious as fuck
Go READ genesis. The reason the name was used is because it's the first passage, the one about building the heavens and earth and giving it light. Sega was saying "This console is the first real console"
>"'murica" was still running on shitty composite only TVs
>There's none of that bullshit in other reasons
Suuuuuuuure there isn't.
Compare the PAL and NTSC versions of Super Mario Kart.
Notice that the clock is noticeably slower in the PAL version, and the colors are faded compared to the NTSC version.
no, you're just a retard who believes asinine generalizations about a country of 350 million people with about 8 very distinct cultural regions, in addition to a very pronounced urban/rural cultural divide. You've probably never even been to the US, you just spout nonsense about it to try and be cool on some shitty website. fucking eurotrash makes me sick.
>The clock is noticeably slower
I don't think that's how time works, plus the dude had better lap times on the NTSC version
>Colors are faded
Who's to say the youtube videos aren't faded?
>Who's to say the YouTube videos aren't faded?
Because the video of the NTSC version was posted in 2011, while the video of PAL version was posted in 2013. Yet look at how much more colorful the NTSC version is.
Presented to you using the shittiest composite cables and the shittiest capture card out there.
wow you really devastated me there, dumbfuck. I've driven all over the US, so I doubt your little claim about having visited more places than me. And you probably have been to more places outside of the US than me, which is why I don't go around making ignorant dumbfuck pronouncements about places I haven't been like you do. You just a made-up-bullshit talking little euroscum, "kid"
I hate when people personify nations.
>Why did America choose to makes their version of the snes hideous?
It should be:
> Why did the design team at Nintendo Corporation decide that this design was a better fit to sell more of their consoles for the North American market?
You guys seriously don't know the answer to this question?
Nintendo of America originally marketed the NES to appear different then a regular top loader machine. Became of the stigma consoles had attached to them due to the video game market crash. Nintendo thought that the VCR style would help consumers differentiate the product from Atari.
Some of this design philosophy obviously carried over to the SNES era. Am I wrong? Correct me if I am.
That doesn't look too bad actually, speedwise. I was expecting a lot worse. Eating the pokey segments is probably the most noticeable difference for me. The rest doesn't seem too different.
Those frame measurements are a bit weird. The frame count should be similar if not the same on both versions since PAL is fewer frames per second..right? The only conclusion I can think of is that they're based on whatever his camera is running at. Anyway, I approve.
Not him but I didn't read a single post in this thread. The sum of knowledge is undoubtedly zero as usual. The answer to OPs question is that we like things big fat and ugly. Just look at our women.
Japan knows the USA runs the world, hence the purple color scheme which represents royalty, meaning the USA is king of the world.
Europe got the colorful one because they Europeans are usually faggots who think a little too highly of their faggot selves.