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Today in Gaming History: October 12th 1993- Aero the Acro-Bat Flies onto SNES and Genesis

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2D side scrolling action adventures used to all the rage on consoles before they fell to more popular genres. Fighting games finally took their toll on this genre and in recent generations of consoles, First Person Shooters (FPS) have made their push against the likes of Capcom and Namco. 20 years ago today, Sunsoft dropped Aero the Acro-Bat onto the laps of gamers in North America (if you happened to own an SNES or Genesis) and sales showed fans wanted more (a direct sequel and a spin-off title were produced later).

Taking up inspiration from more recent gaming mascots such as Bubsy and Sonic, Aero has a slight attitude, something Mario was completely devoid of (and still is, honestly). This edginess went well with the circus themed levels, darker colors and challenging gameplay (congrats if you beat this game without throwing at least one controller to its doom).aero the acrobat sega genesis snes super nintendo sunsoft sonic bubsy mario 2D (5) aero the acrobat sega genesis snes super nintendo sunsoft sonic bubsy mario 2D (4)

There was an official sequel, Aero the Acro-Bat 2 and a spin-off title, Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel, both of which appeared on both SNES and Genesis. Later, the original was ported to the Game Boy Advance. The Wii Virtual Console has received both Aero the Acro-Bat and Aero the Acro-Bat 2 (Zero was left to the sands of time).

Screenshots are from the Sega Genesis version of the game.
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Carl has been gaming since he was five years old with the Atari 2600 on up to the Super Nintendo and Playstation Portable and Android. Being involved in gaming media for over five years has only sharpened his skills with new challenges in gaming and how to best relay it to others.

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