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Video game console - Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

    Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea. In Japan, the system was called the Super Famicom (officially adopting the abbreviated name of its predecessor, the Famicom), or SFC for short. In South Korea, it was known as the Super Comboy and was distributed by Hyundai Electronics. Although each version was essentially the same, several forms of regional lockout prevent the different versions from being compatible with one another.
    The SNES was Nintendo's second home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other consoles at the time. The development of a variety of enhancement chips integrated in game cartridges helped to keep it competitive in the marketplace. The SNES was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the 16-bit era despite its relatively late start and the fierce competition it faced in North America and Europe from Sega's Genesis/Mega Drive console. The SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit era, and continues to be popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, and emulation enthusiasts, some of whom still make homebrew ROM images.
    Designed by Masayuki Uemura, the designer of the original Famicom, the Super Famicom was released in Japan on Wednesday, November 21, 1990 for 25,000 yen ($210). It was an instant success; Nintendo's initial shipment of 300,000 units sold out within hours, and the resulting social disturbance led the Japanese government to ask video game manufacturers to schedule future console releases on weekends. The system's release also gained the attention of the Yakuza, leading to a decision to ship the devices at night to avoid robbery. Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, a redesigned version of the Super Famicom, in North America for $199. It began shipping in limited quantities on August 23, 1991, with an official nationwide release date of September 9, 1991. The SNES was released in the United Kingdom and Ireland in April 1992 for £150, with a German release following a few weeks later.
    The rivalry between Nintendo and Sega resulted in what has been described as one of the most notable console wars in video game history, in which Sega positioned the Genesis as the 'cool' console, with more mature titles aimed at older gamers, and edgy advertisements that occasionally attacked the competition. Nintendo however, scored an early public relations advantage by securing the first console conversion of Capcom's arcade classic Street Fighter II for SNES, which took over a year to make the transition to the Genesis. Despite the Genesis's head start, much larger library of games, and lower price point, the Genesis only represented an estimated 60% of the American 16-bit console market in June 1992, and neither console could maintain a definitive lead for several years.
    Nintendo continued to carefully review submitted titles, giving them scores using a 40-point scale and allocating Nintendo's marketing resources accordingly. Each region performed separate evaluations. Nintendo of America also maintained a policy that, among other things, limited the amount of violence in the games on its systems. One game, Mortal Kombat, would challenge this policy. A surprise hit in arcades in 1992, Mortal Kombat features splashes of blood and finishing moves that often depict one character dismembering the other. Because the Genesis version retained the gore while the SNES version did not, it outsold the SNES version by a ratio of three or four-to-one. Game players were not the only ones to notice the violence in this game; U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Joe Lieberman convened a Congressional hearing on December 9, 1993 to investigate the marketing of violent video games to children. While Nintendo took the high ground with moderate success, the hearings led to the creation of the Interactive Digital Software Association and the Entertainment Software Rating Board, and the inclusion of ratings on all video games. With these ratings in place, Nintendo decided its censorship policies were no longer needed.
    49.10 million SNES units were sold worldwide, with 23.35 million of those units sold in the Americas and 17.17 million in Japan. Although it could not quite repeat the success of the NES, which sold 61.91 million units worldwide, the SNES was the best-selling console of its era.

Alphabetical list of the games for SNES hosted at

Name Released Number of hits User rating
3 Ninjas Kick Back 1994 4027x 30%
Addams Family, The 1991 20243x 64%
Alien 3 1992 15763x 64%
Another World 1991 2913x 88%
Batman & Robin 1994 7693x 73%
BlackThorne 1994 3113x 84%
Breath of Fire 1993 4147x 79%
Bust-A-Move 1994 4812x 88%
California Games II 1990 3784x 70%
Cannon Fodder 1993 4906x 66%
Castlevania: Dracula X 1995 2913x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 779x 53%
Chessmaster 1989 4287x 86%
Chrono Trigger 1995 9950x 84%
Civilization 1991 6407x 76%
Cliffhanger 1993 6330x 81%
Columns 1990 2901x 83%
Contra III 1992 18656x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 3843x 53%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 5609x 73%
Donkey Kong Country 1994 29980x 75%
Donkey Kong Country 2 1995 17723x 80%
Doom 1993 5624x 81%
Dr. Mario 1990 9768x 74%
Dracula 1993 4369x 83%
Dungeon Master 1987 2532x 80%
EarthBound 1994 7105x 87%
Earthworm Jim 1994 3660x 68%
Eye of the Beholder 1991 4326x 75%
F-Zero 1990 9239x 75%
Final Fantasy VI 1994 4653x 76%
Final Fight 1990 57358x 70%
Final Fight 2 1993 11010x 73%
Final Fight 3 1995 10607x 73%
First Samurai 1991 3291x 78%
Flashback 1992 1406x 80%
Frogger 1981 4413x 77%
Ghoul Patrol 1994 1434x 80%
Gods 1991 3500x 75%
Indiana Jones 1994 8096x 68%
Ironman 1989 2917x 53%
Judge Dredd 1995 4016x 86%
Killer Instinct 1994 6654x 76%
Kirby Super Star 1996 11658x 79%
Lamborghini 1992 8207x 62%
Lemmings 1991 6273x 94%
Lion King, The 1994 4741x 84%
Lord of the Rings 1994 6070x 73%
Mario is Missing! 1992 7170x 78%
Mega Man 7 1995 5481x 81%
Mega Man X 1993 8624x 82%
Mega Man X2 1994 5168x 84%
Mega Man X3 1995 3854x 71%
Mega lo Mania 1991 3117x 84%
Micro Machines 1991 3585x 50%
Might and Magic II 1988 3298x 70%
Might and Magic III 1991 5036x 62%
Mortal Kombat 1993 8353x 86%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 5084x 74%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3572x 64%
Mr. Do! 1982 10213x 78%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4730x 86%
NBA Jam 1993 2622x 74%
NHL ’94 1993 2914x 66%
Operation Thunderbolt 1994 2589x 61%
PGA Tour Golf 1990 3383x 73%
Paperboy 2 1991 1538x 55%
Pilotwings 1990 4381x 72%
Pinball Dreams 1992 5005x 91%
Pipe Mania 1988 4777x 87%
Pitfall IV 1994 9113x 86%
Power Rangers 1994 5690x 85%
Prehistorik Man 1995 6365x 76%
Prince of Persia 1989 7064x 84%
Prince of Persia 2 1993 13137x 75%
Pushover 1992 1534x 80%
Q*Bert 3 1992 3817x 57%
RoboCop 3 1992 535x 50%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 827x 70%
Scooby-Doo Mystery 1995 2702x 58%
Secret of Mana 1993 2312x 80%
Shadowrun 1993 3864x 81%
Side Pocket 1987 3997x 75%
SimCity 1989 8345x 78%
SimCity 2000 1993 3135x 67%
Space Invaders 1978 5748x 87%
Speedy Gonzales 1995 3959x 71%
Spider-Man 1994 3535x 81%
Star Fox 1993 5708x 89%
Street Fighter II 1992 35132x 73%
Sunset Riders 1993 4439x 72%
Super Adventure Island 1992 5006x 64%
Super Castlevania IV 1991 8122x 82%
Super Double Dragon 1992 3331x 67%
Super Mario All-Stars 1993 117347x 70%
Super Mario Kart 1992 25724x 85%
Super Mario RPG 1996 12064x 75%
Super Mario World 1990 219495x 75%
Super Mario World 2 1995 33629x 76%
Super Metroid 1994 10534x 85%
Super Punch-Out!! 1994 12096x 71%
Super Star Wars 1992 5927x 88%
Super Star Wars 2 1993 2911x 85%
Super Street Fighter II 1993 9280x 84%
Super Tennis 1991 6285x 71%
TMNT IV: Turtles in Time 1991 9738x 83%
TMNT: Tournament ... 1993 6146x 79%
Tecmo Super Bowl 1991 4903x 71%
Test Drive II: The Duel 1989 13478x 72%
The Humans 1992 638x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 11294x 77%
The Lost Vikings 1992 3208x 79%
The Lost Vikings II 1997 7006x 85%
Top Gear 1992 4960x 78%
Total Carnage 1992 1218x 80%
Virtual Bart 1994 2792x 75%
WWF WrestleMania 1995 5719x 76%
Wario’s Woods 1994 5141x 61%
Wolfenstein 3D 1992 5467x 88%
Worms 1995 11232x 80%
Young Merlin 1993 1828x 45%
Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 30757x 88%
Zombies 1993 4813x 73%

All information in this article are taken from Wikipedia:

North American SNES (circa 1991)

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Generation: Fourth (16-bit era)
Retail availability: November 1990 (Japan)
August 1991 (USA)
April 1992 (Europe)
July 1987 (Australia)
Discontinued: 1999 (USA)
September 2003 (Japan)
Units sold: 49 million (As of 2010)
Media: ROM cartridge
Processor (CPU): Ricoh 5A22 @ 3.58 MHz
Screen resolution: 256 x 224 or 256 x 240
Colors: 32,768
Controller input: gamepad with cross-shaped joypad and 6 action and 2 functional buttons
Best-selling game: Super Mario World
(20 million)
Predecessor: Nintendo Entertainment System (1990)
Successor: Nintendo 64 (1996)

Gamepad for the European and Australian versions of the SNES. It contained cross-shaped joypad, 6 action buttons A, B, X, Y, L and R and the 2 functional buttons Select and Start.

Most popular SNES games:

SNES: Super Mario World Super Mario World

SNES: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

SNES: Final Fight Final Fight

SNES: Super Mario Kart Super Mario Kart

SNES: Donkey Kong Country Donkey Kong Country

SNES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

SNES: Street Fighter II Street Fighter II: The World Warrior


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