zodas revenge (i beat) was better than the first in my opinion
Old post but I think StarTropics is definitely better. Zoda's Revenge has probably one of the most amazing game engines I've ever seen, but the creativity is very lacking. The levels aren't up to their full potential. The first dungeon in the game feels like a bunch of filler, with so many empty rooms with only enemies in it.
The items are terrible compared to the first ones. All of the items are just items you throw, while ST had a huge variety of weapons, and even the ones you threw were creative, like the asterisks you throw then split, then you had a bat, cleats, and alien guns.
The story line was also lacking compared to the first.
However it is still a good game, but definitely isn't better than ST, especially when coming to creativity.
One thing I can't stress what's cool about Zoda's Revenge though is the topdown platforming style where you can jump on higher levels of land. That was some good programming right there.