Super Nintendo

The Super Nintendo or SNES as it is widely known, was Nintendo Corporation's 16 bit equivalent to the Sega Megadrive, and was the successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. 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 Super Nintendo 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 Nintendo 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.

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 Nintendo 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 SNES, 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 Nintendo 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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Puzzle Bobble

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£80.00
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£80.00

Which will burst first: your concentration or the level you're working on? It takes more than just swinging the bubble-turret and taking aim on the falling ceiling; tactical planning and mental dexterity are the only way to string together three or more bubbles and 100 wins to make it through all the bubble and ego-bursting rounds of Puzzle Bobble!

Ultimate Mortal Kombat

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£60.00
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£60.00

Enter the world of ULTIMATE Mortal Kombat 3 and discover what awaits you. 23 immediately playable Fighters and 2 Bosses. Meet up with some old adversaries. Think you know them? Guess again. They've got new combos, fatalities, brutalities & babalities and they're looking for you! There's also a few dudes playing their own version of hide and seek - find 'em if you can! Battle against the computer, opt for 2-on-2 fighting or try out the very cool 8 fighter Tournament mode! Dazzling graphics, incredible sound and motion-capture technology produce the most realistic battles you'll ever fight!

Art of Fighting

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£35.00
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£35.00

South Town is no place for the weak. Yet into this urban battlezone comes Ryo; braving the mean streets in order to rescure his kidnapped sister. With this friend Robert, the two must use all their strength and skills to battle and defeat the toughest fighters ever assembled. These fighters are big, powerful, strong - each possess special skills that will be hard to counter. Ryo must master the Super Attacks if he is to be victorious. Fight hard, fast and furious. Only the strongest of fighters will survive the streets of South Town.

Brawl Brothers

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£48.00
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£48.00

A classic 2-player scrolling beat 'em up is back on the Virtual Console service! People are going missing in Bayside City and the rumors say someone conducting a shady human cloning experiment is responsible. For Rick (a.k.a. Hack) and Doug (a.k.a. Slash) this situation has become personal. Especially after three friends from their martial arts gym get abducted. The duo set off to the enemy's secret air fortress to sort this out.

Fatal Fury

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£32.00
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£32.00

The King of the Fighters Tournament is not for the weak. Choose among 11 strong and powerful fighters - defeat all comers and take home the Championship. As Joe Higashi, Terry or Andy Bogard, it's your mission to defeat the evil and sinister Geese Howard - who holds all of Southtown City in his grasp. Use your special skills and lightning fast reflexes to advance through the many stages of City Streets.

Final Fight 2

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£150.00
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£150.00

They're back stronger than ever and they want revenge. With a new mysterious leader they plan to dominate the entire world. This time they've kidnapped Genryusai and his daughter Rena. Now Haggar must travel around the world to search for Genryusai and Rena. But he's not going alone. Carlos and Rena's sister, Maki, are joining the slam-fest to put the gang away for good. Search for numerous weapons such as knives, nightsticks and 2x4's or find food to recover your strength.

Final Fight 3

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£350.00
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£350.00

Following the defeat and subsequent disappearance of the Mad Gear Gang, a small group known only as Skull Cross is responsible for a new uprising of vandalism, terrorism and death. The government of Metro City is at a complete loss. Metro Citys mayor, Mike Haggar and Guy are prepared to take on the new gang, but before they can act, the door bursts open, revealing Lucia, Codys old friend. Metro City is under attack! she shouts, Skull Cross is loose, and they've got something up their sleeves.

Gradius 3

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£40.00
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£40.00

The gentle Gradians thought they were cured of Bacterion's contemptible curse after generation of germ-free living. Guess again. That wretched fiend is once again wreaking havoc on Gradius and the surrounding planets. It's your destiny to put an end to it. Unless maybe you think life as an amoeba would be pleasant!

NHL 94

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£8.00
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£8.00

Over 25 NEW features in HOCKEY '94! 4-Way Play Support - Use the EA Sports 4-Way Play and NHL '94 becomes a 1, 2, 3 or 4 player game! Goalie Control - You control the double pad stacks and kick saves of all the greats. Penalty Shots and Shootout Mode - Take the hottest shooters and go head to head with the greatest goalies in the league. One Timers - New blistering slap shots make offense faster and more challenging. New Expansion Teams - Play with the Mighty Ducks or with the Florida Panthers. Music and Animations - Over 70 new pieces of organ music from arenas around the league.

Ogre Battle

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£250.00
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£250.00

It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the Zetegenian Empire first conqured the Kingdoms of Zenobia with a wrath of fear and bloodshed. You are the leader of a band of rebels who have fought to preserve the last shred of honor in this desperate time of treachery. This sets the somber scene for Ogre Battle, the first in the superb line of fantasy, roleplaying and simulation sagas from Enix. Manage the ranks of a full-blown rebel army complete with hundreds of characters, magic items, weapons, and mystical Tarot cards.

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