The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is the 16-bit follow-up to the successful Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom. Like its first console, Nintendo's second home video game player was marketed under a different name within each territory. In North America, Europe and Australia the console is known as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In Japan and South Korea it's called the Super Family Computer (or Super Famicom). The console was originally intended to be backwards compatible giving it complete access to the original Nintendo Entertainment System software library; this feature however was omitted in order to retain a low sale price. Despite this decision, the system did not lack software. The Super Nintendo is arguably home to some of the most enjoyable and diverse 2D games ever crafted including Yoshi's Island, Final Fantasy III, Super Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Even with its impressive software library, the SNES faced aggressive competition from the edgier Sega Genesis. Since the Super Nintendo featured many games with animated characters like Mario and mature games such as Mortal Kombat were initially censored, the console was ultimately viewed and labeled by many as more child-oriented. Nevertheless two specific Nintendo games helped change the company's fortune and allowed it to triumph in the 16-bit "war". The first was developed by Argonaut and called Starfox. The game utilized a specially developed chip called Super FX which produced a form of 3D graphics unbelievable for its time. The second game was created by Rare and utilized 3D CGI models. This game was called Donkey Kong Country and became one of the best-selling titles on the system and assured the console outpaced Sega in worldwide hardware sales. It also established a relationship with a company who would be vital to Nintendo in the next-generation.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System and accessories contain model numbers beginning with the letters SNS and ending with a consecutive number system. SNS represents the words "Super Nintendo System". In Japan the console and its accessories contain model numbers beginning with the letters SHVC and ending with a consecutive number system. SHVC represents the words "Super Home Video Computer". The Super Famicom's logo arranges four colors in the same pattern as the four buttons on the controller. The message of the colors was intended to give the impression to consumers that the Super Famicom was much more colorful than the original Famicom (NES). Here you will find detailed information regarding all aspects of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and its accessories.
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