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The Super NES launched in Japan as the Super Famicom on November 21, 1990. Nintendo's entire 300,000 Super Famicom shipment sold out within hours that Wednesday night. This even led the Japanese government to ask video game manufacturers to only schedule future console releases on weekends due to the civil chaos that unraveled over the console that day.
On August 23, 1991, Nintendo had a soft launch for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America followed by an official nationwide release on September 9, 1991.
The Super NES is known for a list of iconic titles that remain timeless classics. Super Mario World, Zelda: Links Awakening, Donkey Kong Country, Mario Kart, Street Fighter II, Starfox, Super Metroid and the list goes on. Many of these games are now available to play directly through Nintendo through their Nintendo Switch Online Services and some even have working multiplayer.
With the new hardware, the Super Nintendo games became far more complex and alive. The generational leap from NES to SNES was hard to miss.
The new generation also meant new controllers and Nintendo decided A & B wasn't enough so they introduced the A, B, X, and Y diamond layout, and two shoulder buttons. This diamond button layout is still used on Nintendo consoles to this day.
Cartridges also got a major facelift by becoming half the size of the NES carts size while boasting up to 6MB capacity compared to the 40KB NES cartridges.
Super Nintendo is not only legendary but to this day seems to be one of the first consoles video game collectors seek when starting a collection. This console represents Nintendo in it's golden years when no other gaming company in the entire industry could even dare to challenge Nintendo.
Check out our curated list of our top games on the Super Nintendo.