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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Wings 2

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5,000 metres over France. Spying a pair of prowling enemy planes, you slam the stick forward and enter a creaming dive. Finger on the trigger, your plane shudders from the recoil of tracer spitting machine guns. Enemy number two rolls high over his smoking wingman in to the sun. Bullets tear through your cockpit, but you fly tough. Chop your throttle, yank back on your stick and the Fokker overshoots, filling your sights. He's yours.

Wing Commander

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Intense, cinematic action with one big difference... you're in command! The fate of humanity is in your hands as you lead the Tiger's Claw squadron against the forces of the Kilrathi empire. Your skills, your experience and your wingman are your only allies. Unmatched 3D animation in complex, exciting battle scenes where you can join an elaborate campaign or play groups of missions for fun!

Utopia

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Leading a colonising party to a barren planet you aim to create a perfect society, where everyone has a quality of life rating of 100%. The myriad of decisions to be made are yours, and the fact that there are over ten different alien races all bursting for the chance to wipe out the colony should speed up the decision making process. An icon driven game with the main playing area presented in isometric 3D, Utopia breaks new ground in computer entertainment.

Uniracers

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Single wheeled and single minded, Uniracers are the best at what they do. Accelerate to screen blurring speed! They're also awesome at pulling flips, twists, turns and catching monster air off the many mondo ramps, hills and half pipes of their race track worlds. The more outrageous the stunt. The faster the Uniracer goes!

Turtles in Time

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Sunday evening. Your sitting around the sewer watching your main reporter. April O'Neil do a live remote from the Stature of Liberty. Then it happens. A humongous flying android screams out of the sky and reps Lady liberty from her foundation, sending hundreds of freaked out tourists into the harbour below. "No way!" cries Raphael. "Way," replies Donatello. And the crazy quantum chase is on!

Un Squadron

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Soar to glory in a high-tech aircraft! The Evil Project 4 has torn freedom from the people of Aslan. Mercenaries control the entire country except for a tiny airfield. But the field is headquarters for the best fighter pilots in the world - UN Squadron! You must destroy all eight of Project 4's bases as you force back an overpowering enemy war machine. Dog-fight a wolf pack of stealth fighters in a battlefield of clouds! Strafe enemy tanks! Counterstrike with missiles, Thunder lasers, napalm and bombs - lead an air strike for freedom!

T2 - The Arcade Game

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The number one arcade "shooter" of all time explodes onto the Super Nintendo! You are a T-800 terminator, armed with rapid-fire machine guns, plasma pulse rifles, shotguns, guided missiles and M-79 grenade launchers! Blast armies of endoskeletons! Destroy missile -firing HK's! Terminate the liquid-metal T-1000... or be Terminated! Hasta La Vista, Baby!

Test Drive 2

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Super Strike Eagle

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If it's realistic flight simulation you're looking for, Super Strike Eagle is sure to blow you away! And blow your enemies away too! In astonishing 3D flight, you'll deliver staggering doses firepower in vicious dogfights! You'll devastate chemical warfare plants and strategic targets! And you'll fly scores of dangerous missions through several was theatres! Of course, your opponents are well equipped too. But with one of the worlds most advanced jet fighters at your disposal, you're certain to give them a warm reception!

Syndicate

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In the dark and forbidding cities of tomorrow crime syndicates compete for global domination. As a syndicate executive it's your mission to expand the Syndicates empire, arming cyborg agents to the teeth and bringing chaos to the city streets. Battle for global domination in 50 missions, Storm though futuristic living cities spreading destruction, Tool up your agents with Uzi's and Shotguns and research and develop better weapons.

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