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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Super Tennis

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Volley, slice, lob and overhead smash! Rip a top-spin forehand crosscourt past your opponent. Join the exclusive Super Tennis club and call your own shots! Choose one of 20 professional players and compete on the prestigious World Circuit for top international ranking. All players have their own special strengths and weaknesses. The choice is yours!

Super Punch Out

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Slug your way through the gruelling and sweat-pounding matches of the Minor, Major and World Circuits. Dodge bone-crushing punches and dance to the top of the supreme Special Circuit. Face off against old favourites including Bear Hugger, Piston Hurricane, Bald Bull, Mr Sandman and Super Macho Man plus a cast of new and weird challengers.

Porky Pigs Haunted Holiday

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Porky's going on a dream vacation to Dry Gulch Creek Haunted Theme Park. But as he sleeps, the holiday of his dreams turns into a real nightmare. Be brave! Choose your skill level and guide Porky through 6 scary worlds like the Haunted Woods and Dry Gulch Ghost Town. Be careful! Each world is full of hazards, traps, tons of ghosts, monsters and villains to trash and smash. Be surprised! This amazing chaos Mapping System actually changes the weather each time the game is played! Snow, rain, fog, sun, you never know what you'll be up against. Be a hero!

Final Fight

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Mayor Mike Haggar vows to snatch the streets of Metro City back from the crooks with his bare knuckle! But the Mad Gear Gang snatched his daughter Jessice. Now there's gonna be some bone-crunching dues to pay! Jessica's boyfriend Cody hits the streets hard with Hagger, denting heads downtown and slugging it out in the slums. He's a one man army. His weapons are anything he can find, swords, knives or pipes. Now you're Haggar or Cody, each with his own fighting style. Demolish gangland henchmen, samurai swordsmen and muscle-bound crime bosses in a fist to nose frenzy.

Super Metroid

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Soul Blazer

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Obsessed with the desire for wealth, he cut a dastardly deal with the ruler of evil. Now the Freil Empire is in shambles and you are chosen to save it. Free the kingdom's captive souls. Teach the king a thing or two about integrity. Rescue a beautiful maiden. Liberate an imprisoned inventor. You'll boldly traverse the six complex stages in this action-RPG. An array of weapons, armour and magic are at your disposal. After you revive the kingdom, you will confront Deathtoll. Then, make him pay.

Shadowrun

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You awake on a slab in the city morgue. Officially, you don't exist. Disoriented and confused, you are forced into a race against time, technology and termination. Running in the shadows and cracks between the Megaplexes, survival depends on your wits, your weapons and your wayward companions. Plunge into the dark side of the future, where technology and magic become one, where devolution and destruction are a way of life. Plunge into Shadowrun.

Secret of Evermore

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Lufia 2

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This exciting sequel to the Lufian legend pits monster hunter Maxim and six adventuring companions against the sinister Sinistrals. The story develops into a complex maze, challenging you with big battles, puzzles and loads of surprises. You can even grow your own monsters! You will enjoy countless hours on a fantastic journey in the world of Lufia!

Illusion of Gaia

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