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A Sega 32X attached to a Sega Genesis

The 32X is an add-on for the Sega Genesis video game console. Codenamed "Project Mars",[1] the 32X was designed to expand the power of the Genesis and serve as a holdover until the release of the Sega Saturn.[2] Independent of the Genesis, the 32X used its own ROM cartridges and had its own library of games. A total of 40 titles were produced worldwide [36 NA games (10 Exclusives), 27 PAL (2 Exclusives), 18 JP (1 exclusive), and 1 game exclusive to BR], including six that required both the 32X and Sega CD add-ons.[3]

Unveiled at June 1994's Consumer Electronics Show, Sega presented the 32X as the "poor man's entry into 'next generation' games."[1] The product was originally conceived as an entirely new console by Sega of Japan and positioned as an inexpensive alternative for gamers into the 32-bit era, but at the suggestion of Sega of America research and development head Joe Miller, the console was converted into an add-on to the existing Genesis and made more powerful, with two 32-bit central processing unit chips and a 3D graphics processor.[1] Despite these changes, the console failed to attract either developers or consumers as the Sega Saturn had already been announced for release the next year.[1] In part because of this, and also to rush the 32X to market before the holiday season in 1994, the 32X suffered from a poor library of titles, including Genesis ports with improvements to the number of colors that appeared on screen.[2] Originally released at US$159, Sega dropped the price to $99 in only a few months and ultimately cleared the remaining inventory at $19.95.[1] 800,000 units were sold worldwide.[4]

The following list contains all of the games released for the 32X, as well as the games that required both the 32X and the CD. Among the titles for the 32X were ports of arcade games Space Harrier and Star Wars Arcade, a sidescroller with a hummingbird as a main character in Kolibri, a 32X-exclusive game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series in Knuckles' Chaotix, and a version of Doom that was noted for its movement and game length issues when compared to other versions of the game. In a retrospective review of the console, Star Wars Arcade was considered the best game for the 32X by IGN for its co-operative play, soundtrack, and faithful reproduction of the experiences of Star Wars.[2][5]

Region code guide
Regions released Region description
JP (Japan) Japanese (NTSC-J) formatted release
NA (North America) North America and other NTSC territories, besides Japan
PAL PAL/SECAM territories: much of Europe, Australia, parts of Asia
BR (Brazil) NTSC-U release in Brazil (some systems may output PAL-M, but all games are NTSC-U)

Games[edit]

Title(s)
[3][6]
Requires Sega CD?
[3]
Developer(s) Publisher(s) Release date[3][6] Ref(s)
JP NA PAL BR
After Burner No Sega Sega January 13, 1995 1995 1995 [7][8]
BC Racers No Core Design U.S. Gold N/A 1995 N/A [9]
Blackthorne No Interplay Interplay
Tectoy (Brazil)
N/A 1995 N/A 1995 [10][11]
Brutal: Above the Claw No GameTek GameTek N/A 1995 N/A [12]
Corpse Killer Yes Digital Pictures Digital Pictures N/A 1994 1994 [13]
Cosmic Carnage (JP: Cyber Brawl) No Givro Sega January 27, 1995 1994 1994 [14]
Darxide No Frontier Developments Sega N/A N/A 1995 [15]
Doom No id Software Sega December 3, 1994 1994 1994 [16]
Fahrenheit Yes Sega Studios Sega
Tectoy (Brazil)
N/A 1995 N/A [17][18]
FIFA Soccer 96 No Extended Play Productions Electronic Arts N/A N/A 1995 [19]
Golf Magazine: 36 Great Holes Starring Fred Couples No Flashpoint Productions Sega February 24, 1995 1994 1994 [20]
Knuckles' Chaotix No Sonic Team Sega April 21, 1995 1995 1995 [21]
Kolibri No Novotrade Sega N/A 1995 1995 [22][23]
Metal Head No Sega Sega February 24, 1995 1995 1995 [24]
Mortal Kombat II No Probe Acclaim Entertainment May 19, 1995 1995 1995 [25]
Motocross Championship No Artech Studios Sega N/A 1995 1995 [26]
NBA Jam Tournament Edition No Iguana Entertainment Acclaim Entertainment September 1, 1995 1995 1995 [27]
NFL Quarterback Club No IGS Games Acclaim Entertainment July 14, 1995 1995 1995 [28]
Night Trap Yes Digital Pictures Digital Pictures N/A 1994 1994 [29]
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure No Activision Activision N/A 1995 N/A [30]
Primal Rage No Probe Time Warner Interactive N/A 1995 1995 [31]
R.B.I. Baseball '95 No Time Warner Interactive Time Warner Interactive N/A 1995 N/A [32]
Sangokushi IV No Koei Koei July 28, 1995 N/A N/A [33]
Shadow Squadron (JP and PAL: Stellar Assault) No Sega Sega April 26, 1995 1995 1995 [34]
Slam City with Scottie Pippen Yes Digital Pictures Digital Pictures N/A 1995 1995 [35]
Space Harrier No Sega-AM2 Sega December 3, 1994 1994 1994 [36]
Spider-Man: Web of Fire No BlueSky Software Sega N/A 1996 N/A [37]
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator No Interplay Interplay N/A 1995 N/A [38]
Star Wars Arcade No Sega Interactive Sega December 3, 1994 1994 1994 [5]
Supreme Warrior Yes Digital Pictures Digital Pictures N/A 1995 1995 [39]
Surgical Strike Yes The Code Monkeys Tec Toy N/A N/A N/A 1995 [40]
T-MEK No Bits Studios Time Warner Interactive N/A 1995 1995 [41]
Tempo No Sega
Red Company
Sega March 24, 1995 1995 N/A [42]
Toughman Contest No Visual Concepts Electronic Arts N/A 1995 1995 [43]
Virtua Fighter No Sega-AM2 Sega October 20, 1995 1995 1995 [44]
Virtua Racing Deluxe No Sega-AM2 Sega December 16, 1994 1994 1994 [45]
World Series Baseball Starring Deion Sanders No Blue Sky Software Sega N/A 1995 N/A [46][47]
WWF Raw No Sculptured Software Acclaim Entertainment September 1, 1995 1995 1995 [48]
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game No Sculptured Software Acclaim Entertainment N/A 1995 N/A [49]
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 (EU: Motherbase/ JP: Parasquad) No CSK Sega July 14, 1995 1995 1995 [50]

Cancelled games[edit]

Title Reference
32 Xtreme [51][52][53]
A Town Called Chaos, New Mexico [54]
B.A.N.E. [54]
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure [55]
Castlevania [56][57]
ClayFighter 2: Judgment Clay [55]
College Basketball's National Championship Hosted by Billy Parker [57]
Fever Pitch Soccer [58][53]
Flying Aces [59][55]
Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings [60][55]
Kingdom: The Far Reaches [61]
Midnight Raiders [62]
NBA Action '95 [63]
Outrun [64]
Pinocchio [65]
Power Drift [64]
Primetime NFL Football [66]
Ratchet and Bolt [52][54][67]
Revolution X [52]
Saban's VR Troopers [68]
SegaSonic the Hedgehog [69][70]
Sonic Sports [71]
Soul Star X [72]
Thunderhawk [72]
Virtua Hamster [52][73]
Wild Guns [74]
Wing War [55]
Wirehead [57][62]
X-Men [52][75]

See also[edit]

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