The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or SNES for short, is a 16-bit gaming console released between 1990 and 1992 depending upon geographical location. The SNES was the best selling 16-bit console although it received heavy competition from Sega’s 16-bit console Genesis. Many people believe that the system was the best in the Golden Age of video games and thus the SNES is a favorite amongst classic console game collectors.
Nintendo has become famous for long lasting game series. Some of the favorite Nintendo series really hit their stride on the SNES console. These include Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong. Many fans see these games as perfectly utilizing the improved graphics and sounds of the system while still focusing on game play instead of flashy graphic gimmicks.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System continued to impress gamers years after its release with its further advancements in graphics and sound. The inclusion of the Super FX chip in games such as Star Fox allowed for developed 3D images using polygonal shapes.
Even while 32-bit CD based gaming consoles were being developed and released SNES continued to show strength in the gaming market with the release of games such as Donkey Kong Country. Donkey Kong Country utilized 3D images and textures that rivaled the graphics of the 32-bit systems being released around the same time. At its release Donkey Kong Country was the fastest selling video game of all time.
In the hay-day of Super Nintendo there was much brand loyalty. Gaming fans regularly identified themselves as either Sega Genesis fans or SNES fans. Nintendo fans loved the worlds of Zelda and Mario while Sega fans battled back with Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sega Genesis received a brief boost upon the release of Mortal Kombat. Nintendo chose to censor certain aspects of the violent video game, including not allowing blood, while Sega chose not to censor their version of the release. Though this did momentarily increase Genesis’ market share the SNES was top dog at almost every other point of the battle.
A few limited edition SNES games have become sought after items among classic console game collectors. During the 1990s Blockbuster Video had a few promotional in-store tournaments and displays that used SNES games not available to the public. Two of these that come with high price tags, if they can be found, are Donkey Kong Country Competition and Star Fox: Super Weekend.