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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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Adventures of Dr Franken

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Franky and his beloved girlfriend Bitsy have decided to take a holiday. Unfortunately, Bitsy does not have a passport. Not to be thwarted, our spare part hero has a cunning plan. He dismantles Bitsy, parcels her up and posts her to their holiday destination - New York! The result is predictable! The combination of Franky's lack of brain cells and the incompetence of the Transylvanian postal service has scattered Bitsy across the globe. Frank must now embark on a global journey and restore Bitsy to his side.

Addams Family Values

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Uncle Fester has lost his memory and fallen under the spell of Abigail Craven, a conniving character who is anxious to lay her greedy hands on the Addams' hidden fortune. Having recruited a misled Uncle Fester, and assisted by her cohorts, Tully and The Judge, she manages to capture and imprison the other members of the Addams Family within the huge Addams Family mansion. Only Gomez can save the day by freeing his son Pugsley, his daughter Wednesday and by restoring Uncle Fester's memory.

Addams Family - Pugsleys Scavenger Hunt

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As if things weren't ooky enough! Wednesday has devised a simply torturous game which will drive her darling wretched brother, Pugsley, to happiness. How absolutely delicious! She has hidden six wonderfully strange items somewhere about the Addams Family Mansion. Now, you must guide poor Pugsley on his quest to uncover them. So get ready to get spooky, and get set to get kooky. it's Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt! En garde!

ActRaiser

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Long ago, you and your people built a peaceful land. Since then, your world has been taken over and inhabited by the evil Tanzra and his guardians. Your once-tranquil land has become a breeding ground for monsters. Injured, you have retreated to your sky palace and have fallen into a deep sleep. Now, many years have passed and you have recovered from your injuries and slumber. You must punish Tanzra and restore the world to your people or lose their faith forever.

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