Monday, December 30, 2013

Super Nintendo (Nintendo)



In 1990, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo.  This all new sixteen bit console wasn't released out of necessity.  Truth be told, even with the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx 16 on the market, Nintendo was still staying on top of the mountain as the number one gaming console around the world with their original Nintendo Entertainment System.  Instead, Nintendo released their all new console only with the intentions of staying current with other consoles on the market.

Between 1990 and 2003 there were several variations of the Super Nintendo Console released.  The first was released with two controllers and Super Mario World.  Subsequent releases were sold under the guise of Control Deck, Super Set, Console Set and under various other titles corresponding with whatever game was packed in.  These included, but perhaps are not limited to;

Control Deck with Tetris Attack
Control Deck with Yoshi's Island
Control Deck (refashioned SNES model - AKA SNES Mini)
Control Set with Killer Instinct
Control Set with Super Mario World
Control Set with No Game
Control Set with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Control Set - Walmart Exclusive with Super Game Boy and Book
Super Set with Super Mario All-Stars
Donkey Kong Set with Donkey Kong Country
Mario Set with Super Mario All-Star and Super Mario World
Super Gameboy Set with Super Game Boy

Along with its release were several accessories such as the Super Scope 6 light gun, the aforementioned Super Game Boy, cleaning kits and extra controllers.

Super Scope 6
Super Game Boy


Cleaning Kit
Super NES Controller


In total, seven hundred eighty-four games were produced.  Out of them, two hundred fifty were exclusive to North America, while sixty-three were exclusive to Europe.  Below are all of those games which were released in North America.

































































































There were two special cartridges produced for the Super Nintendo.  The first was designed and developed specifically for the US Military.  The game, MACS - Multipurpose Arcade Combat Simulator and included a full size, fully weighted M16 light gun.  The "game" was designed to help train soldiers in bootcamp.  There are no actual details on who actually developed the game, but it is known that there are nine levels, and it is designed to train soldiers with their positioning, aiming and breathing skills when handling a firearm.

The second cartridge was entitled Super Star Fox Weekend.  This cartridge was designed for competition purposes with retooled segments and a bonus level from the game Star Fox.  Depending on the points scored, players could win a t-shirt, jacket or trips to international destinations.

It is estimated that 2,000 cartridges were produced, and were later sold in Nintendo Power Magazine for $45.00 each.  Today the cartridges sell for $800.00 to $1,000.00.

With that, we bid a fond farewell to yet another year.  We'll see you January 2nd, 2014, when we start all over again.

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