You'd be amazed how many truly horrible Super Nintendo games there are. You'd also be amazed how many of them were *nearly* cool - but not *quite*.
I can practically imagine the conversation that had to take place with this one.
"Let's make a game just like Sonic! Only not quite as good."
"I think that's a fantastic idea! We can make our main character run fast -"
"- but not *really* fast -"
"Oh, of course not. Just sort of fast."
"And we can have strange surreal landscapes! But not very surreal. Just sort of surreal."
"And a medium selection of enemies!"
"Medium might be pushing it. That's too much like Sonic, and we don't want to make that good of a game."
"Okay, okay. A small selection of enemies."
The Home Alone game, incidentally, is horrific, as is the Dennis the Menace game and absolutely everything with a Warner Bros. label. Ironically, the Home Improvement game isn't all that bad.