The 10 best 16-Bit games ever!

Not content to let the past go peacefully, GamePro looks back at a generation of video games that started the first console war, brought arcade games back from the brink, and showed gamers what 3D graphics could do in a cartridge.

#9: Sonic & Knuckles (GEN)

Original GamePro Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

Claim To Fame: Aside from being a ground-breaking game with unique dock-and-lock technology, Sonic & Knuckles raised awareness on what the heck an actual echidna looks like.

In the twilight years of the Sega Genesis, Sega created a game that finally pitted Sonic the Hedgehog against a new character with attitude and speed to match. Even better, Sonic & Knuckles added unprecedented replay value to past Sonic titles, thanks to the cartridge's lock-in dock feature that let players revisit old games with Knuckles. That was space technology, as far as many gamers were concerned, and they relished the chance to float and glide through Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 with this new, even edgier Sega character -- at least, he was edgy before he got demoted to becoming one of 60 Sonic sidekicks.

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