Great responses here. I have to agree with some of you in terms of how I collect now opposed to just 5or 6 years ago when I was out hunting on weekends at garage sales and hitting thrift stores after classes or work. I hate eBay with a passion. But it's all I use now. I don't have the time to go driving around on weekends looking for deals. They don't pay off with the wear and tear to my car plus the increase in gas prices in Chicago. If I want a game I just buy it on eBay now and I'm done with it.
The other thing is us collectors who are now a bit older early 30s I'd say. Most of us got bitten by the retro bug sometime in college right? Most of us are now working full time jobs, have homes, and maybe even families. I don't have a family or own a house. But I work a lot and have other hobbies so my gaming time is VERY limited. And here's where the nostalgia theory of the original article's point falls apart for me. I didn't have the Thunder Force series as a kid. Heck I didn't even play shoot em ups. But now they take up 75% of my gaming time. They are quick, mind numbing, and let me forget about work for an hour or so. That said I still play through Sonic 1 ever Christmas for nostalgic reasons. But I'm just a nostalgic person in general. There's nothing wrong with being nostalgic. Just don't let it interfere with your real life right?
In my opinion the original author had some series deeper issues than video games.
SOR 3 was OK, but Bare Knuckle 3 was much better, and should have been released as-is in the states. SOR2 is easily one of the very best games on the Genesis.
For those who might be interested and missed it the first time I posted it, I did a little retrospective on the SOR series a few months ago:
Nice video man! High production level too! Nicely done. And here's proof I watched the entire video and I'm no just providing you lip service. The only thing you got wrong is saying, "Contra Hard Corps is an unplayable mess".
I've never been a huge fan of fight-and-go-right games, but coincidentally, I was just playing SoR2 last week and I agree that it really is a top shelf game in the genre. Arcade beat-em-ups like TMNT, Simpsons, X-Men, and Final Fight seem to get, in my opinion, way more love than they deserve from the late 20's to mid 30's crowd; I'd put SoR2 up against those games any day of the week, mostly due to the varied attacks that are possible. With the exception of Final Fight, the aforementioned games are pretty shallow--your character largely does what it wants, as you simply mash a single "action" button. That has always bugged me, even when I was 13 and playing those games at the local arcade.
I had yesterday off and played through Final Fight Guy on the SNES which is essentially Final Fight 1 on the SNES. It's beautiful and actually plays quicker than most SNES games w/ little to none of the famous SNES slow down. But you don't get many enemies on screen at once. The one thing missing from this game is the combo moves you get in SoR2. You know the forward forward attack button moves? So I'm agreeing with Cynicaster. Final Fight on the SNES is a bit more of just button mashing than SoR2 is. Final Fight 2 and 3 stepped up the combos though.
The best part about Streets of Rage 2 was the music. One of the greatest soundtracks of all time. It proves that, in the hands of a master, great music can come out of the Genesis. It's really too bad we didn't see (hear) more of that. Most Genesis tracks are forgettable. SoR 2 also makes good use of the Gen's limited colour palette.
The biggest problem with SoR 2 was that it came out well after Street Fighter II, so nobody cared. The age of the beat 'em up was well over by that time and we had entered the age of the fighter.
Most Genesis tracks are forgettable? You must not have had much experience actually playing the Sega Genesis then? There's a current thread over at Sega-16 called "What Do you Consider the Very Best Piece of Music From Sega." There's a load of excellent tracks there and remember these are only games by Sega so we're not counting many many other good ones. Here's a link http://www.sega-16.c...music-from-Sega Check it out!
Now your theory about SoR 2 being forgettable due to it's release date might be a flawed. If you only had a Genesis growing up(I couldn't afford a SNES until I was in high school) you got Sor 2 released December 20, 1992 and Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition released September 28, 1993. The dates could be wrong they are from Wikipedia. But I will say from my own memory SoR2 was HUGE when it was released nobody caring is just an incorrect observation.