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Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Snes)

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System also known as the SNES of Super NES or Super Nintendo Was the second home console the the Nintendo Entertainment System. Brought to market in 1990 in Japan, 1991 In North America and 1992 In Europe making the game console 30 years old. All 3 regions have consoles that look different from each other and have various region locking methods from physical blocks with the cartridges being different and also within the internal hardware. The Super Nintendo was the outright winner of the 16 bit era it sold over 50 million units worldwide. Nintendo of America censored games heavily, because of this the likes of Mortal Kombat on the Genesis out sold that of the SNES. Nintendo had heavy restrictions in place with third parties developing games on their 8 bit NES system, These relaxed when developers had opportunity to sell the games with Sega and other companies. Initially Nintendo were not in a rush to release their Super Nintendo Console, that was unit they started to loose their dominance in the market.

Memorable Titles

  • The Super Nintendo had some classic games that are still played today,The following are some that are remembered by all:
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Star fox (Starwing in Europe)
  • F-zero
  • Kirby Super star
  • The legend of Zelda a link to the past
  • Super Metroid, Yoshi Island
  • Final Fantasy
  • Super Mario world
  • Yoshi island

Super Metroid and Donkey Kong country 2 had a big box version with guides also, Then street fighter ii had a steel tin version.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Box Variants.

There are over 20 box variants that were released across the Super Nintendo life of the console. These include the Donkey Kong country crate, The blue box that offered a selection of games like F-zero, F-1 Racing and many others, The standard console pack, Super Mario World, Mario All stars yellow box, Mario all stars world double game, Killer Instinct, Fifa soccer green box, Super Street fighter ii, Street Fighter 2 turbo.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System one-chip

The Later Models of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had an integrated Sound chip which gave better audio through RGB these are known as one-chip consoles and are more sought after by collectors than the other models. The super Nintendo Entertainment System was still selling well right into the middle of the 32 bit console era, It is a hugely popular console even to this day, With the release of the Super NES Mini (Snes Mini) many of today's young generation have been able to experience the games their parents played once upon a time.

Nintendo's development of the video game market

Before Nintendo had released the NES many systems still used tapes and diskettes as a media platform. These were slow to load and often failed, So the introduction of cartridge based games made switching between games fast and more enjoyable. I am sure those of an age will remember loading up a tape based game. Put it in go and have a bath, eat your tea and come back to find it needed restarting as it failed. This was very frustrating. The Atari system had cartridge based video games but the Snes cartridges were able to hold more data meaning the games were so much more advanced. On board Batteries within the cartridge games would allow saving of data so they didn't have to be completed in one sitting.

Super NES (Snes) Accessories

The console had a light gun which resembled a bazooka, multi player adapter to allow more friends to play games like super Mario Kart. An arcade stick brought a true arcade feel to games like street fighter and Mortal Kombat. Game Boy adapter allowed the handhelds video games to be played on the big screen. The Snes controllers had shoulder buttons that would be handy for first person shooters.


The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) is a 16-bit video game console that was released in 1991 and discontinued in 1995. The SNES was the successor of the NES, which had been enjoying massive commercial success since its release in 1985. The SNES has an estimated total of 714 games available for PAL format.

super nintendo entertainment system

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, often abbreviated as SNES and also known in Japan as the Super Famicom (スーパーファミコン), is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990.

How many SNES consoles sold?

The SNES had an estimated total of 49.13 million units sold worldwide.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released in North America and Europe in 1990, with Japan's release coming some nine months later.

What is the best game on this console?

There are many popular games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but some favorites include Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Chrono Trigger.

As standard 2-player games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, some favorites include Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting.

The SNES is one of the most popular video game consoles to date because it combines high quality graphics with a wide variety of genres such as RPGs and platformers available on a single system.

Super nintendo entertainment system has 2 controller ports as standard but a multi player accessory allowing more to be connected is available.

There are six buttons on a SNES controller: A/B, Y, X, L, R (shoulder), and select. You can also use.

Can the Snes Mini play Snes game cartridges?

Also known as the Snes classic Is a smaller console that has 21 built in games. you can not put original games into the unit as there is no slot.

The 21 games on the mini SNES are:

  1. Super Mario World
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  3. Super Metroid
  4. Earthbound
  5. Final Fantasy III
  6. Super Mario Kart
  7. Secret of Mana
  8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  9. Mega Man X
  10. Street Fighter II Turbo
  11. Super Punch Out
  12. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  13. F-Zero
  14. Kirby Super Star
  15. Contra III the alien wars
  16. Castlevania IV
  17. Donkey Kong Country
  18. StarFox
  19. Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts
  20. Kirby’s Dream Course
  21. previously un released Star Fox 2

Unlike the NES classic edition there are bluetooth controllers available for the console so no trailing wires. The retail pack came with two controllers.

Other options for playing SNES games

With the popularity of the Nintendo Switch many of the original library of SNES games have been released on the switch via the e-shop. Allowing fans to play their favourite retro games on the go.

Nintendo classic mini vs Snes classic edition

The Nintendo Classic Mini and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System are very different consoles. The NES was designed to look like old games, making it recognizable to adults who might not have grown up playing the system in its heyday.

Can you still buy SNES Mini?

You can buy them from 3rd party sellers generally secondhand as the console has now been discontinued. The console is selling for more than it did upon original release.