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Super Famicom

The Super Famicom or SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) as it's was known as in the west, was Nintendo Corporation's 16 bit equivalent to the Sega Megadrive, and was the successor to the Famicom. Released in Japan on November 21, 1990 and called the Super Famicom (short for Super Family Computer) it quickly established itself as Sega's main rival.

In Autumn 1991, the US Super Famicom (SNES) hit the American shops. With a different design to the Super Famicom (although the internal architecture was identical), and a different cartridge shape to combat importing of US games overseas, the American model matched the success of the Super Famicom in Japan.

Finally, after almost two years of waiting, the Europeans got to see what all the fuss was about and they weren't disappointed! Sporting the same case as the Super Famicom, but running at a slower clock speed of 50Hz because many TV sets did not have the capability to run at 60Hz, the initial release of the Super Nintendo came bundled with two controllers and Super Mario World. Early game releases included the excellent F-Zero, and an arcade conversion of Super R-Type.

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Over the next few years, the Super Famicom produced some of the best known video games of all time. Mario made his obligatory appearance in many games (the best of the bunch being Super Mario Kart), and Donkey Kong made a welcome return in the hugely successful Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Other notable successes were Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, Street Fighter 2 Turbo and RPG classics such as Zelda and Secret of Mana. Many quality RPG games released by Square or Enix never made it to the western shores, which is one of the reasons the system is still popular with collectors today.

As the competition between Sega and Nintendo went on, and the games got better and better, so did the technology. Many of the later games released contained additional hardware to create advanced effects, compress data and process instructions quicker. The two most widely used were the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip which was used in games such Pilotwings and Super Mario Kart to create 3D effects by scaling and rotating backgrounds, and the SuperFX chip used in Starwing which creates 3D landscapes through polygons and texture mapping (something we are all used to now, but was revolutionary at the time!).

The Super Famicom was succeeded by the Nintendo 64 in 1997, and was taken off the shelves in 1998. This was due to the phenomenal success of the Playstation. The Playstation had originally been developed by Sony and Nintendo together as a CD add-on for the Super Famicom, but they scrapped the idea. Sony took the technology they had been working on and created the Playstation. The rest is history.

Many people regard the Super Famicom / Super NES as the best video game system made, and few could argue the effect it has had on recent game developments. The Nintendo / Sega war that raged in the nineties was the same as the Commodore / Spectrum war of the eighties, and however you feel about the console it will always remain one of the most significant piece's of video gaming history.

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Super Famicom Satellaview Boxed

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The Satellaview is a satellite modem add-on for the Nintendo Super Famicom. The Satellaview system was developed to receive signals broadcast from Japanes esatellite TV station WOWOW's satellite radio subsidiary, St.GIGA. This was responsible for file server management, maintenance, and vocalization for SoundLink games. As well as full games and magazine broadcasts, Satellaview players were also given access to a number of data downloads that could be used in conjunction with various memory-pak-compatible application cartridges. The service was discontinued in June 2000.

Super Famicom Super Gameboy 2 Loose

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You can now play your Gameboy games on the Super Famicom with this handy add-on. You simply slot your Gameboy game into the Super Gameboy adapter and plug that into your Super Nintendo and you're away! Not only that, but a lot of the later Gameboy games actually contain enhancements that you can't see on a normal Gameboy. Get better sound on Gameboy games, play on the big screen and personalise your colours! This second release of the Super Gameboy also has a link port to allow a user to access two-player mode via the link cable, a green game link LED and a red power LED indicator.

Super Famicom Sunsoft Pachinko Controller Loose

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Sunsoft Pachinko Controller. A rather colourful, but equally bizarre Super Famicom controller, for us with one of the many Pachinko games available. Loose but tested and working.

Stepdown Converter Boxed

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A stepdown transformer to convert 240V to 110V, allowing imported games consoles to be used with a UK power supply. Can be used with any US or Japanese games console. This stepdown has UK plug connector type so it cannot be used in Europe without an adapter. Items is brand new and boxed.

Super Famicom Wireless Controllers Loose

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Set of WirelessControllers with their IR Receiver. Officially licenced by NIntendo. Fantastic controllers which rid the problem on tangled or too short wires. The controllers require battries to operate. Loose and tested.

Super Famicom Super Gameboy Adapter Boxed

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Did you know you can play your Gameboy games on the Super Famicom? Well you can with this handy add-on. You simply slot your Gameboy game into the Super Gameboy adapter and plug that into your Super

Super Famicom Scart Lead Boxed

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An official Nintendo scart connector cable to connect your Super Famicom to your TV set via Scart port instead of the RF socket. This cable outputs full stereo sound to your TV instead of Mono, and gives improved picture quality as there is no interference and the TV set does not need tuning in! The other advantage is that you do not need to fiddle around at the back of your TV every time you want to play on your console! This item is boxed and tested.

Super Famicom Controller Loose

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The official Famicom controller that comes with the console. These controllers are quite hard to come by on their own and most people have to settle for third party controllers. Well the good news is I've got plenty! They are all clean and don't have any chunks missing like some controllers I've seen! I test all controllers by giving Street Fighter 2 a good thrashing before I send them! Please note these will not work on normal PAL Super Nintendo consoles.  This item comes unboxed.

Super Famicom RGB Scart Cable Loose

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A Scart connector cable to connect your Super Famicom to your TV set via Scart port instead of the RF socket. This cable outputs full stereo sound to your TV instead of Mono, and gives improved picture quality as there is no interference and the TV set does not need tuning in! The other advantage is that you do not need to fiddle around at the back of your TV every time you want to play on your console! This is a full RGB scart cable which gives superior picture quality. This item is brand new.

Super Famicom AV Leads Loose

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AV cables to connect your Super Famicom to your TV set via AV port instead of the RF socket. This cable outputs full stereo sound to your TV, and gives improved picture quality as there is no interference! The other advantage is that you do not need to fiddle around at the back of your TV every time you want to play on your console!. This item comes unboxed, has been tested and works fine.

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