It’s time to dust off and fire up your Super Famicom/Super Nintendo/SNES for a celebration of 25 years of arguably Nintendo’s greatest console.
A quarter of a century ago on the 21st of November 1990, the world was introduced to the Super Nintendo games console. Debuting in Japan the Super Famicom boasted twice the power of Nintendo‘s classic NES, which was known in Japan as the Famicom, a shortening of ‘Family Computer’. Costing ¥25,000 the company swiftly sold out of their initial launch stock of 300,000 units in a matter of hours, an early indication that their new 16Bit gaming machine would prove to be a huge success.
Released the following year in North America as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with a completely different, more square, design and then across the UK and Europe in 1992 – sporting a similar aesthetic to the Japanese model but known as the abbreviated, SNES – the system became one of two players in the most prominent console ‘war’ in gaming history. The divide amongst gamers raged on for many years as fans of Sega‘s 16Bit Megadrive (U.K. & Japan)/Genesis (U.S.) argued the merits of the console versus Nintendo’s flagship offering. Although a later introduction to the market than its fierce rival from Sega, ultimately the Super Nintendo is reported to have outsold the Megadrive with more than 20 million units shifted in America alone.
The Super Nintendo remains many gamer’s greatest console of all time. How about you? Did you survive the console wars of the 90s? Were you in the Sega camp or a firm supporter of Nintendo? Let us know in the comments section below, on twitter or facebook.