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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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Super Bomberman Party Pack

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Let the games begin with the Super Bomberman multi-pak! Invite your friends and family to join you for bombastic thrills and chills in the hottest game yet for the Super NES. Explosive excitement highlights this riveting game of split-second timing and very short fuses. In super Bomberman you get two games to choose from - Adventure Mode & Battle Mode. Also included is the Super Multitap accessory which features ports for extra Super NES controllers, so up to four players can compete simultaneously.

Stunt Race FX

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The updated Super FX chip allows you to shift into high gear! Get behind the wheel of a formula racer, a 4WD monster truck, a sub-compact or a motor cycle. Each will provide a unique driving experience. Choose from over 20 pedal-to-the-metal Trax. There are no-holds-barred Speed Trax where you hone your skills and progress from novice to master. Stunt Trax provides and obstacle course rally complete with ups, downs and jumps. Battle Trax means head-to-head conflict in surprising terrain. For speed, variety, action and fun, Stunt Race FX finishes far ahead of the competition.

Street Fighter 2

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From across the globe comes eight of the wildest fighters the world has ever known. Choose your champion, gather your courage and prepare to battle your opponents in bare knuckle brawl. Face Ken and his devastating "Dragon Punch"! Watch the temp rise as Dhalsim incinerates you with his mystical Yoga Flame! Cover your ears as Guile breaks the sound barrier with the awesome power of the Sonic Boom! Annihilate your competition and claim the right to test your skills against the bone-crushing power of the Grand Masters! Can you survive? Can Anyone?

Street Fighter 2 Turbo

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They're back and they're badder than ever! Faster, stronger and with all new moves, twelve of the greatest fighters from around the globe are ready to do battle. Choose your champion and get ready for the big brawl as you try to earn the right to battle for the title. And just when you think you've mastered it all, crank it up a notch and go Turbo! Survive this and you may live long enough to become the greatest Street Fighter ever!

Spankys Quest

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Welcome to Mopoland, where the evil witch Morticia has cast an evil spell and turned all the fruits of the mighty kingdom into fiendish monsters. Spanky, our primate hero is on a quest. Armed with his magic ball, and his exceptional ball heading capabilities, Spanky must hunt down Morticia though six gruelling levels to liberate Mopoland, and save its citizens from certain famine.

Star Fox

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In the distant Lylat star system, imagine yourself at the controls of a futuristic, heavily-armed space fighter - Arwing. Lead the counter-attack on an invasion force of hundreds of alien tanks, fighter ships, laser gun emplacements and super battleships. Manoeuvre at warp speed through fog-enshrouded canyons, dense asteroid belts and waves of the enemies best defence. You must use skill and cunning to bring the fight to the enemy's home planet Venom and smash the Core Brain for victory!

Rock N Roll Racing

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Yeah! With music and engines screaming, you pick up your car, driver and weapons, then slam it into gear. With world famous race announcer Larry 'Supermouth' Huffman at the mike, and some of the greatest Rock N Roll music of all time setting the tone, its time for the line! Using laser cannons, cluster bombs and super boosters to annihilate your competition, your racing skills are pitted against a truly gruesome field of lead-footed crazies as you race to different planets.

Q*Bert 3

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Just when you thought it was safe to go hopping around on a Pyramid! Q*Bert 3 takes the classic Q*Bert arcade game to new heights, with amazing variety of eye-popping, multi-screen worlds. You control Q*Bert as he tries to clear screen after screen while being chased by a wild bunch of crafty characters. You'll encounter the old familiar cast, along with a whole universe of new enemies, obstacles and items.

Rampart

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Buccaneers lurk offshore and bombard your stronghold. Even as you retaliate, your walls collapse in fire and splintered stone. Repair your fortress in time to repel the next onslaught. Blast through the classic arcade hit or take on the new Super Rampart with hot new levels and even more devastating weaponry. Challenge a friend and devastate his fortress with cannon fire. Send ground troops to scale his walls on conquer his empire!

Pocky and Rocky

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Pocky was enjoying a quiet cup of tea in her shrine, when Rocky the Raccoon, a Nopino Goblin came running to Pocky. 'Something terrible has happened. My fellow Nopino goblins have lost their. When I woke up, they were very agitated. When I tried to calm them, they came after me.'. 'Why'? said Pocky. 'I don't know, but I believe they are under the spell of another force. In any case, I cannot handle this by myself. I need your help.' Who on Earth has cast a spell and is controlling the Nopino Goblins? And what for? Find out as Pocky & Rocky battle the Goblins in this Epic Adventure.

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