Sega 32X is the 26th episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd (series). It was released on May 15, 2007 and is 9 minutes and 4 seconds long.

The Nerd reviews the Sega 32X add-on for the Sega Genesis, which involves reviewing some of its games. This episode continues where the Sega CD episode left off.

Even before reviewing any actual games for the console the Nerd criticises its appearance, likening it to "an ugly mushroom-shaped tumor", and also complains about the need for a second AC adapter (or a third, if one has a Sega CD as well) in order to power the add-on. He also initially forgets to connect the visual mixer cable, meaning that when he tries to play games only the background ends up being displayed.

In the end, the Nerd says that whereas the Sega CD at least had some decent games and only really suffered from being released a few years too early, the 32X has no such excuses considering it came out right before Sega were due to release the Sega Saturn anyway, and has no games worth playing. He makes his final opinion on the add-on clear by setting it alight and shooting it with an arrow (on the DVD release containing the episode, James reveals that his initial 32X suffered hardware failure after only a few days, and after giving the system's innards to Richard Daluz for spare parts, he destroyed the casing before purchasing another 32X - which he paid just $2.50 for - to finish the review).

Games Reviewed

Primal Rage

The Nerd criticises the game for being only a little bit better-looking than the original Genesis version, and still nowhere near the arcade original despite the 32X's extra power. He also complains about the bizarre button combinations required to use the special move, though notes that this is a problem with all versions of the game, not just the 32X port.


While the Nerd finds the game to look and play reasonably well for a console port, he strongly criticises the game's notoriously awful remix of the PC original's soundtrack, and also the fact that over a third of the levels from the original version are missing, noting that even the SNES port had a much better soundtrack and almost all the levels, despite much inferior graphics. Despite his criticisms, however, the Nerd admits that this is still probably the best 32X game he's played thus far (not having been able to find a copy of Knuckles' Chaotix, which is widely seen as the system's best game overall).

Virtua Fighter

Despite acknowledging it as a groundbreaking entry in the fighter genre, the Nerd finds the game to have aged poorly in retrospect, saying that the characters look as though they're made out of Lego bricks, the controls are very loose and floaty, and the animations look very strange.

Star Wars

Much like Virtua Fighter, the Nerd says that it may have been an impressive game for its time, but has aged poorly, with his main complaints revolving around the blocky graphics and slow pace of the gameplay.

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