Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System
DesignerNintendo R&D2
ManufacturerNintendo
CPU3.58 MHz Ricoh 5A22
Graphics5.57 MHz Ricoh S-PPU
RAM128 KB
MediaGame Pak
ReleaseJP: 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 Entertaiment 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 Added to museum Notes
Super NES Controller Nintendo 1990 December 25, 1991 WEC Museum owns one controller

SNES games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
SameGame Hudson Soft 1995 July 31, 2017 Japanese cartridge with Character Cassette, box, and manual.
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Nintendo EAD 1994 December 20, 2018 Cartridge and reproduction box.

Emulated SNES games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
2048 Gabriele Cirulli
Alek Maul
2014 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Apocalypse Simon Nicol
Herman Serrano
Mike Clarke
2016 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Astrohawk Paul Lay 2016 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Big Run Jaleco 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
BioMetal Athena 1993 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Blackthorne Blizzard Entertainment 1995 May 8, 2022 Included in Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch.
Brawl Brothers Jaleco 1992 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Captain Commando Capcom 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Champions World Class Soccer Data East 1993 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Congo's Caper Data East 1993 Super Retro Cade:June 19, 2019  Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Corn Buster Engine Software 2016 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Contra III: The Alien Wars Konami 1992 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Creepy Bird Piko Interactive 2014 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Donkey Kong Country Rare 1994 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Rare 1995 3DS: August 8, 2020 Included on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Rare 1996 3DS: September 8, 2020 Included on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Dorke and Ymp Norse 2016 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Draw, Make, and Play Dezaemon Athena 1994 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
EarthBound APE 1994 3DS: February 19, 2018
SNES CE: March 16, 2019
Included on the Virtual Console for New Nintendo 3DS and the SNES Classic Edition.
Fighter's History Data East 1994 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Fighter's History: Mizoguchi's Moment of Crisis!! Data East 1995 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Final Fantasy VI Square 1994 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Final Fight 2 Capcom 1993 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Final Fight 3 Capcom 1995 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
F-Zero Nintendo EAD 1990 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem Intelligent Systems 1994 SF Mini: October 31, 2017 Included on the Super Famicom Mini.
Hammerin' Harry Irem 1990 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Hanafuda King Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1994 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
The Humans Imagitec Design 1992 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D Loriciel 1993 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Data East 1991 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics Data East 1994 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Kirby's Dream Course HAL Laboratory 1995 SNES CE: March 16, 2018 Included on the SNES Classic Edition.
Kirby Super Star HAL Laboratory 1996 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Legend Arcade Zone 1994 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja Konami 1991 October 31, 2017 Included on the Super Famicom Mini.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo EAD 1991 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
The Lost Vikings Silicon & Synapse 1992 May 8, 2022 Included in Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch.
The Lost Vikings 2 Blizzard Entertainment 1997 May 8, 2022 Included in Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch.
Magical Drop Data East 1995 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Magical Drop II Data East 1996 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Major Title Irem 1992 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
MazezaM Malcom Tyrrell
Ventzislav Tzvetkov
2004 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Mega Man X Capcom 1993 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Mr. Bloopy Saves the World Compedia 2014 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Night Defender Piko Interactive 2013 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Night Defender 2 Piko Interactive 2013 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Operation Logic Bomb: The Ultimate Search & Destroy Jaleco 1993 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Pachio-kun Special Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1993 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Pachio-kun Special 2 Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1994 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Pachio-kun Special 3 Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1995 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Panel de Pon Nintendo R&D1
Intelligent Systems
1995 SF Mini: October 31, 2017 Included on the Super Famicom Mini.
Pro Mahjong Extreme Athena 1993 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Pro Mahjong Extreme II Athena 1994 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Pro Mahjong Extreme III Athena 1995 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
R-Type III: The Third Lightning Tamtex 1993 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019
Generations: October 13, 2019
Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade and Retro-Bit Generations.
Radical Rex Beam Software 1994 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Rival Turf! Jaleco 1992 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Rocky Rodent Irem 1993 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019
Generations: October 13, 2019
Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade and Retro-Bit Generations.
Rock n' Roll Racing Silicon & Synapse 1993 May 8, 2022 Included in Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch.
RPM Racing Silicon & Synapse 1991 May 8, 2022 Included in Blizzard Arcade Collection for Switch.
Rushing Beat Shura Jaleco 1994 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Secret of Mana Square 1993 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Skipp and Friends Mukunda Johnson 2014 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Star Fox Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 1993 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Star Fox 2 Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 2017 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Nintendo EAD Argonaut Software 1993 SNES CE: March 16, 2018 Included on the SNES Classic Edition.
Super 3D Noah's Ark Wisdom Tree 1994 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Super Alfred Chicken Twilight 1993 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Super Birdie Rush Data East 1992 June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Super Casino 2 Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1993 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Super Castlevania IV Konami 1991 SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Windows: March 6, 2022
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Castlevania Anniversary Collection for windows.
Super Earth Defense Force Jaleco 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019
Flashback: May 2, 2020
Included on the Retro-Bit Generations and Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom 1991 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo EAD 1993 Wii: January 20, 2012 Included in Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition for the Wii.
Super Mario Kart Nintendo EAD 1992 Wii VC: February 10, 2010
SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the Wii Virtual Console, SNES Classic Edition, and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Mario RPG Square 1996 Wii VC: February 12, 2010
SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES CE: March 16, 2018
Included on the Wii Virtual Console, SNES Classic Edition, and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Mario World Nintendo EAD 1990 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo EAD 1995 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Metroid Nintendo R&D1 Intelligent Systems 1994 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Punch-Out!! Nintendo R&D3 1994 SNES CE: March 16, 2018 Included on the SNES Classic Edition.
Super R-Type Irem 1991 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019
Generations: October 13, 2019
Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade and Retro-Bit Generations.
Super Side Pocket Data East 1993 Super Retro Cade: June 19, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Super Retro Cade.
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers Capcom 1994 SF Mini: October 31, 2017
SNES Classic: March 16, 2018
Included on the SNES Classic Edition and Super Famicom Mini.
Super Star Wars Sculptured Software 1992 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Sculptured Software 1993 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Sculptured Software 1994 Flashback: May 2, 2020 Included on Legends Flashback: Sam's Club Edition.
Super Thor Quest Bubblezap 2015 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations.
Top Pro Golf Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1992 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on the Retro-Bit Generations II.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters Konami 1994 Switch: March 24, 2022 Included in The Cowabunga Collection for Switch.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Konami 1991 Switch: March 24, 2022 Included in The Cowabunga Collection for Switch.