Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Designer Nintendo R&D2
Manufacturer Nintendo
CPU 3.58 MHz Ricoh 5A22
Graphics 5.57 MHz Ricoh S-PPU
Memory 128 KB
Media Game Pak
Released JP: November 21, 1990
NA: August 23, 1991
UK: April 11, 1992
EU: June 1992
Ireland: April 11, 1992
AU: July 3, 1992
Brazil: August 30, 1993
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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the third home video game console by Nintendo was also known as the Super Famicom in Japan. It was preceded by the Nintendo Entertainment System.

It was first released in Japan in 1990, in North America in 1991, and in Europe in 1992.

The Nintendo 64, released in 1996, was the successor of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

Unreleased Super NES CD-ROM System

In 1991, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sony announced the Super NES CD-ROM System. It was meant to be released in two formats. The first was a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The second was a unit that combined the SNES and CD-ROM in one unit that Sony dubbed the PlayStation. The unit was going to be compatible with regular SNES format games as well as a Sony-developed Super Disc format. Because of the latter, Sony would have a large deal of control over the system. As a result, Nintendo tried to negotiate a better deal with Philips. This ultimately led to both deals falling through, and the add-on was never released.

Philips would go on to release its own console, the CD-i in 1991. Sony would, likewise, release the PlayStation as a stand-alone console in 1994.

Super NES/Super Famicom controller

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The Super NES Controller was a gamepad that improved upon the NES Controller by being ergonomically designed rather than rectangular. It contained four action buttons, two shoulder buttons, a start button, and a select button. Like the NES Controller, it had a cross-shaped directional pad based on the design created by Gunpei Yokoi for the Game & Watch systems.

The Super Famicom and European Super NES controllers was colored grey and dark grey with four button colors: green, blue, red, and yellow.

The North American Super NES controller was colored grey and dark grey with purple and light purple button colors.

While the Family Computer controllers were connected to the system, the Super Famicom controllers were detachable, as were the controllers for the Super NES.

Legacy of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The legacy of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System remains, even after its heyday. Independent, unlicensed games continue to be produced for the system to this day.

Nintendo has capitalized on the system's continuing popularity with a dedicated console that contained modern hardware with an emulator to run the included games. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, released as the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe and Oceania, and as the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom in Japan, was released in the United States on September 29, 2017, right in the middle of the 1990s nostalgia boom. It featured twenty-one built-in games, HDMI display output for high definition televisions, and two replica controllers which could also connect to the Wii remote for use on the Wii or the Wii U.

SNES hardware owned by WEC Museum

Title Manufacturer Release Notes
Super NES Controller Nintendo 1990

SNES games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Notes
SameGame Hudson Soft 1995
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Nintendo EAD 1994
Super Bomberman Hudson Soft 1993

Emulated SNES games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Notes
2048 Gabriele Cirulli
Alek Maul
Apocalypse Simon Nicol
Herman Serrano
Mike Clarke
Astrohawk Paul Lay 2016
Big Run Jaleco 1991
BioMetal Athena 1993
Blackthorne Blizzard Entertainment 1995
Brawl Brothers Jaleco 1992
Captain Commando Capcom 1991
Champions World Class Soccer Data East 1993
Congo's Caper Data East 1993
Corn Buster Engine Software 2016
Contra III: The Alien Wars Konami 1992
Creepy Bird Piko Interactive 2014
Donkey Kong Country Rare 1994
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Rare 1995
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Rare 1996
Dorke and Ymp Norse 2016
Draw, Make, and Play Dezaemon Athena 1994
EarthBound APE 1994
Fighter's History Data East 1994
Fighter's History: Mizoguchi's Moment of Crisis!! Data East 1995
Final Fantasy VI Square 1994
Final Fight 2 Capcom 1993
Final Fight 3 Capcom 1995
F-Zero Nintendo EAD 1990
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Intelligent Systems 1994
Hammerin' Harry Irem 1990
Hanafuda King Electronics Application 1994
The Humans Imagitec Design 1992
Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D Loriciel 1993
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Data East 1991
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics Data East 1994
Kirby's Dream Course HAL Laboratory 1995
Kirby Super Star HAL Laboratory 1996
Legend Arcade Zone 1994
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja Konami 1991
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo EAD 1991
The Lost Vikings Silicon & Synapse 1992
The Lost Vikings 2 Blizzard Entertainment 1997
Magical Drop Data East 1995
Magical Drop II Data East 1996
Major Title Irem 1992
MazezaM Malcom Tyrrell
Ventzislav Tzvetkov
Mega Man X Capcom 1993
Mr. Bloopy Saves the World Compedia 2014
Night Defender Piko Interactive 2013
Night Defender 2 Piko Interactive 2013
Operation Logic Bomb: The Ultimate Search & Destroy Jaleco 1993
Pachio-kun Special Coconuts Japan 1993
Pachio-kun Special 2 Marionette 1994
Pachio-kun Special 3 Marionette 1995
Panel de Pon Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
Pro Mahjong Extreme Athena 1993
Pro Mahjong Extreme II Athena 1994
Pro Mahjong Extreme III Athena 1995
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Tamtex 1993
Radical Rex Beam Software 1994
Rival Turf! Jaleco 1992
Rocky Rodent Irem 1993
Rock n' Roll Racing Silicon & Synapse 1993
RPM Racing Silicon & Synapse 1991
Rushing Beat Shura Jaleco 1994
Secret of Mana Square 1993
Skipp and Friends Mukunda Johnson 2014
Star Fox Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 1993
Star Fox 2 Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 2017
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 1993
Super 3D Noah's Ark Wisdom Tree 1994
Super Alfred Chicken Twilight 1993
Super Birdie Rush Data East 1992
Super Casino 2 OeRSTED 1993
Super Castlevania IV Konami 1991
Super Earth Defense Force Jaleco 1991
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom 1991
Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo EAD 1993
Super Mario Kart Nintendo EAD 1992
Super Mario RPG Square 1996
Super Mario World Nintendo EAD 1990
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo EAD 1995
Super Metroid Nintendo R&D1 Intelligent Systems 1994
Super Punch-Out!! Nintendo R&D3 1994
Super R-Type Irem 1991
Super Side Pocket Data East 1993
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers Capcom 1994
Super Star Wars Sculptured Software 1992
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Sculptured Software 1993
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Sculptured Software 1994
Super Thor Quest Bubblezap 2015
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Konami 1994
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Konami 1991