SNES or Super Nintendo Entertainment System is one gaming console that comes under many names. Other, common terms used to explain the console are Super NES and Super Nintendo.
In a nutshell, this is a 16-bit console developed and released by Nintendo in 1990. Actually, the console was released in 1990 in South Korea and Japan but was released in the United States in 1991. Europe and Australia got the console in 1992. The following year, 1993 SNES was released in South America.
Although the same console was sold, different names were used. For instance, in Japan, it was known as SFC or Super Famicom. In Korea it was known as Super Comboy and Hyundai Electronics was responsible for distribution. There were regional locks implemented to a console which limited the compatibility of games according to the region where the console was sold.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System replaced NES or Nintendo Entertainment System. The upgrades were massive. Graphics became so much better, sound capabilities were significantly improved and the games were more advanced. In the realm of 16-bit games, Super Nintendo Entertainment System was the ultimate platform. In addition, SNES is known as a system that is responsible for countless, future improvements in the world of gaming.
Overall, Super Nintendo was a huge hit across the planet and it sold out common rivals such as Sega Genesis. NES was sold in 61 million copies, while SNES was sold in almost 50 million. An interesting fact is that SNES remained popular for some time even when 32-bit consoles were introduced. However, this was for a short period of time. These days, Super Nintendo Entertainment System consoles are popular and desirable among collectors and can buy at high prices.
There are a lot of additional facts regarding the console. It was designed by Masayuki Uemura and it became extremely popular console hours after release. The 300.000 units were sold out within several hours in Japan. The Japanese government demanded from Nintendo to schedule all future releases and promotions for weekends only, in order to decrease rush in the country! Also, the console was shipped from Japan to other countries at night only, so robbery risk was decreased.
Probably the main reason why the console was popular and still is among gamers is the fact Nintendo used third-party developers that were present with previous consoles. Some of those developers were Koei, Konami, Enix, Capcom, Tecmo and many others. The console was well-made as well as powerful enough to push all the games up to the limits. The specifications include Ricoh 5A22 CPU operating at 3.58 MHz and Nintendo S-SMP sound card. Online services offered to gamers were Nintendo Power (for Japan only), Satellaview (also only available in Japan) and XBAND used in the United States and Canada.
The most popular games for the console are Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter II, and Super Mario Kart. All of these games are tested and transferred into ROMs before uploading to the page you are looking at. Be free to download all of them and enjoy as much as possible.