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From Sega Retro

Doom on the 32X is often criticised for being rushed due to the quality of its soundtrack.

The Sega 32X was not a very successful add-on but it did see many video games added to its library. Despite heavily marketing the 32X's 3D capabilities, most games were 2D, and many were simply updated Mega Drive or Mega-CD games. Several games, such as Space Harrier, were also taken straight from the arcades, so the system did not receive many exclusives.

Being the brainchildren of hardware staff at Sega of America, North America got the most games, with Europe in a close second and Japan receiving only 18 games (five of which were third party; one of those being the only Japan-exclusive 32X release). All Sega-developed 32X titles were released internationally.

In North America Sega used a yellow packaging design in the same style of their Sega CD, Genesis and Game Gear boxes, and though the logo was changed, this colour was adopted in both Japan and Brazil. In Europe, the box art was completely different, being purple/black.

32X games were often distributed in cardboard boxes in an effort to keep costs down. Some releases, such as those distributed by Tec Toy in Brazil and titles published by Acclaim, used sturdier plastic boxes similar to the Mega Drive/Master System. Mega-CD 32X games were also distributed in cardboard boxes in North America with the exception of Fahrenheit which was released in a Mega-CD-style plastic jewel case. In Europe, all Mega-CD 32X games were packaged in jewel case quad packaging, just like their Mega-CD counterparts.

Though the cartridge design is identical across all regions of the world, many 32X games are region locked and so cannot be played on all 32X consoles.