Super Nintendo Entertainment System

  • super nintendo entertainment system
    super nintendo entertainment system logo.svg
    nintendo super famicom logo.svg
    the north american snes (c. 1991)
    a japanese super famicom
    top: north american (ntsc) snes (c. 1991)
    bottom: european (pal) snes, japanese super famicom.
    other variations are pictured under casing below
    also known assnes
    super nes
    • jp: super famicom
    • kor: super comboy
    super nintendo
    developernintendo r&d2
    manufacturernintendo
    typehome video game console
    generationfourth generation
    release date
    • jp: november 21, 1990[1]
    • na: august 23, 1991[a]
    • uk: april 11, 1992[2]
    • eu: june 1992[3]
    • irl: april 11, 1992[2]
    • au: july 3, 1992[2]
    • br: august 30, 1993[4]
    lifespan1990–2003[5]
    introductory price¥25,000
    us$199
    discontinued
    • jp: september 25, 2003[7]
    • na: 1999[6]
    • eu: 1998
    • br: 2003
    • kor: april 1, 2003[8]
    units soldworldwide: 49.10 million[5]
    north america 23.35 million
    japan: 17.17 million
    other: 8.58 million
    mediarom cartridge
    cpuricoh 5a22 @ 3.58 mhz
    soundnintendo s-smp
    online servicessatellaview (japan only)
    xband (usa and canada only)
    nintendo power (japan only)
    best-selling game
    • super mario world (pack-in)
      (20.60 million)[9]
    • donkey kong country (pack-in), 9 million[10]
    • super mario kart (pack-in), 8 million[11]
    • street fighter ii: the world warrior (stand-alone), 6.3 million[12]
    predecessornintendo entertainment system
    successornintendo 64

    the super nintendo entertainment system (snes),[b] also known as the super nes[c] or super nintendo,[d] is a 16-bit home video game console developed by nintendo that was released in 1990 in japan and south korea,[citation needed] 1991 in north america, 1992 in europe and australasia (oceania), and 1993 in south america. in japan, the system is called the super famicom (sfc).[e] in south korea, it is known as the super comboy[f] and was distributed by hyundai electronics. the system was released in brazil on august 30, 1993,[17] by playtronic. although each version is essentially the same, several forms of regional lockout prevent the different cartridges from being compatible with one another.

    the snes is nintendo's second programmable home console, following the nintendo entertainment system (nes). the console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other systems at the time. the system was designed to accommodate the ongoing development of a variety of enhancement chips integrated in game cartridges to be competitive into the next generation.

    the snes was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the 16-bit era after launching relatively late and facing intense competition from sega's genesis console in north america and europe. overlapping the nes's 61.9 million unit sales, the snes remained popular well into the 32-bit era, with 49.1 million units sold worldwide by the time it was discontinued in 2003. it continues to be popular among collectors and retro gamers, with new homebrew games and nintendo's emulated rereleases, such as on the virtual console, the super nes classic edition, and nintendo switch online.

  • history
  • technical specifications
  • peripherals
  • enhancement chips
  • emulation
  • legacy
  • see also
  • notes
  • references
  • bibliography
  • external links

Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo Entertainment System logo.svg
Nintendo Super Famicom logo.svg
The North American SNES (c. 1991)
A Japanese Super Famicom
Top: North American (NTSC) SNES (c. 1991)
Bottom: European (PAL) SNES, Japanese Super Famicom.
Other variations are pictured under Casing below
Also known asSNES
Super NES
  • JP: Super Famicom
  • KOR: Super Comboy
Super Nintendo
DeveloperNintendo R&D2
ManufacturerNintendo
TypeHome video game console
GenerationFourth generation
Release date
Lifespan1990–2003[5]
Introductory price¥25,000
US$199
Discontinued
Units soldWorldwide: 49.10 million[5]
North America 23.35 million
Japan: 17.17 million
Other: 8.58 million
MediaROM cartridge
CPURicoh 5A22 @ 3.58 MHz
SoundNintendo S-SMP
Online servicesSatellaview (Japan only)
XBAND (USA and Canada only)
Nintendo Power (Japan only)
Best-selling game
PredecessorNintendo Entertainment System
SuccessorNintendo 64

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES),[b] also known as the Super NES[c] or Super Nintendo,[d] is a 16-bit home video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan and South Korea,[citation needed] 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia (Oceania), and 1993 in South America. In Japan, the system is called the Super Famicom (SFC).[e] In South Korea, it is known as the Super Comboy[f] and was distributed by Hyundai Electronics. The system was released in Brazil on August 30, 1993,[17] by Playtronic. Although each version is essentially the same, several forms of regional lockout prevent the different cartridges from being compatible with one another.

The SNES is Nintendo's second programmable home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other systems at the time. The system was designed to accommodate the ongoing development of a variety of enhancement chips integrated in game cartridges to be competitive into the next generation.

The SNES was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the 16-bit era after launching relatively late and facing intense competition from Sega's Genesis console in North America and Europe. Overlapping the NES's 61.9 million unit sales, the SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit era, with 49.1 million units sold worldwide by the time it was discontinued in 2003. It continues to be popular among collectors and retro gamers, with new homebrew games and Nintendo's emulated rereleases, such as on the Virtual Console, the Super NES Classic Edition, and Nintendo Switch Online.

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