Super Nintendo

The Super Nintendo or SNES as it is widely known, was Nintendo Corporation's 16 bit equivalent to the Sega Megadrive, and was the successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Released in Japan on November 21, 1990 and called the Super Famicom (short for Super Family Computer) it quickly established itself as Sega's main rival.

In Autumn 1991, the Super Nintendo hit the American shops. With a different design to the Super Famicom (although the internal architecture was identical), and a different cartridge shape to combat importing of US games overseas, the American model matched the success of the Super Famicom in Japan.

Finally, after almost two years of waiting, the Europeans got to see what all the fuss was about and they weren't disappointed! Sporting the same case as the Super Famicom, but running at a slower clock speed of 50Hz because many TV sets did not have the capability to run at 60Hz, the initial release of the Super Nintendo came bundled with two controllers and Super Mario World. Early game releases included the excellent F-Zero, and an arcade conversion of Super R-Type.

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Over the next few years, the Super Nintendo produced some of the best known video games of all time. Mario made his obligatory appearance in many games (the best of the bunch being Super Mario Kart), and Donkey Kong made a welcome return in the hugely successful Donkey Kong Country trilogy. Other notable successes were Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, Street Fighter 2 Turbo and RPG classics such as Zelda and Secret of Mana.

As the competition between Sega and Nintendo went on, and the games got better and better, so did the technology. Many of the later games released contained additional hardware to create advanced effects, compress data and process instructions quicker. The two most widely used were the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip which was used in games such Pilotwings and Super Mario Kart to create 3D effects by scaling and rotating backgrounds, and the SuperFX chip used in Starwing which creates 3D landscapes through polygons and texture mapping (something we are all used to now, but was revolutionary at the time!).

The Super Nintendo was succeeded by the Nintendo 64 in 1997, and was taken off the shelves in 1998. This was due to the phenomenal success of the Playstation. The Playstation had originally been developed by Sony and Nintendo together as a CD add-on for the SNES, but they scrapped the idea. Sony took the technology they had been working on and created the Playstation. The rest is history.

Many people regard the Super Nintendo as the best video game system made, and few could argue the effect it has had on recent game developments. The Nintendo / Sega war that raged in the nineties was the same as the Commodore / Spectrum war of the eighties, and however you feel about the console it will always remain one of the most significant piece's of video gaming history.

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Ogre Battle

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It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the Zetegenian Empire first conqured the Kingdoms of Zenobia with a wrath of fear and bloodshed. You are the leader of a band of rebels who have fought to preserve the last shred of honor in this desperate time of treachery. This sets the somber scene for Ogre Battle, the first in the superb line of fantasy, roleplaying and simulation sagas from Enix. Manage the ranks of a full-blown rebel army complete with hundreds of characters, magic items, weapons, and mystical Tarot cards.

Lufia and the Fortress of Doom

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The Sinistrals, four masters of Doom, arrived in this land on their floating island 100 years ago. You will begin your quest by traveling through time to join in a tremendous battle against them--and you will determine the outcome. When you return to present time, you and Lufia, your companion, must join forces with two others to prevent the Sinistrals from regaining control of your world. It will be a long and difficult task--This land is larger than that of most RPG games. And in the end, the balance of fate will be overturned in a contest of love and betrayal that could destroy you all.

Secret of Mana

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There is a hole in the side of the box
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£100.00
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There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting the balance, spreading evil throughout the land. Thus the warrior must undertake a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mana tree which has been hidden for centuries. Only then can perfect harmony be restored. In this incredible adventure, things are not as they seem. It's a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right. And the only way to succeed is to solve the Secret of Mana.

Brainlord

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Beyond your memory lies a time filled with Dragons and men riding the skies together. The Dragon Warrior blood flows deeply through your family. Now, you are the only one left. Your father has spent a life time searching for the Ancient Dragons, a life lived in vain. It is up to you to find the Dragons. Before you lies a world filled with puzzle and riddles, enough to drive even the most rational insane. There are too many unanswered questions in your mind. What lies ahead? Where do I start? What will I find? There is a Dark Presence that awaits you. Can you unlock the secret?

Lethal Enforcers and Gun Boxset

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Comes in a boxset with the Justifier Gun.
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£120.00
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£120.00

Lethal Enforcers is out to clean up the streets in the baddest parts of Chicago. Digitized graphics and sound will slam you into cold reality and heated action. Your job is to defend the innocent and protect yourself from a fatal case of lead poisoning.

FIFA 97

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£10.00
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£10.00

New six side indoor game. New high-speed gameplay. New Tough 'pro' mode. New sound effects and crowd chants. New player animation. Refinded goalkeeper intelligence. Improved set plays.

Pit Fighter

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£12.00
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Venture deep into the hidden world of the under-city to battle the world's toughest brawlers! In Pit-Fighter, the only rule is to survive. Choose your hero - Buzz, a former Pro Wrestler with a killer body slam! Ty, a Champion kickboxer and veteran of the Pit. Kato, a Karate legend with a lethal Dragon Punch! Try your skills against a ruthless gang of renegade warriors. Take on Chainman Eddie in a special Grudge Match! Use your brute strength and raw stamina to claw your way to the final round against The masked Warrior! See if you have what it takes to become the supreme Pit-Fighter!

Super Nintendo Universal Adapter Loose

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£15.00
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£15.00

This item is an import adapter and allows you to play imported games. Simply slot your import game in the top, and slot a non-import game at the back and you're away! Some games have an additional protection which stops this item working, but this will convert the majority of games The item comes unboxed and has been fully tested.

Super Nintendo Pro Universal Adapter Loose

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£14.00
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This item is an enhanced import adapter and allows you to play imported games. Simply slot your import game in the top, and slot a non-import game at the back and you're away! Some games have an additional protection which stops this item working, but this will convert the majority of games The item comes unboxed and has been fully tested.

Winter Olympics

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£14.00
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£14.00

Winter Olympics offers you the ultimate experience in sports simulations. You'll race the clock against the best in the world, fighting for gold in a game where you'll face 10 spectacular events that test your speed, strength, skill and endurance to the limit. It's your chance to go for the gold!

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