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SNES Emulators & ROMs

SNES ROM emulation is probably the most popular system to emulate. The emulators have developed to become almst flawless and there are hundreds of popular games.

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ZSNES v1.51

SNES9x v1.51

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SNES9x with Kaillera (netplay) support



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Super Nintendo (SNES)

Nintendo has offered many game consoles for the home. The Super Nintendo is a second generation machine. It was released in 1990 and 1993 in Japan and the rest of the world. Unlike the Nintendo 64 the Super Nintendo only came with a 16 bit hardware system. The Super Nintendo had better graphics and sound system than the original Nintendo.

It also had a better chip inside that helped make it competitive to other game consoles on the market. When the Super Nintendo was released it was sold with a couple of games depending on the package. Having it come with games made the console more marketable than the Sega Genesis.

Though the game console is no longer sold new it is a collectible for retro gamers, emulation enthusiast, and fans. The top game sold for the Super Nintendo was Super Mario World. The runner up was Donkey Kong Country. By 1992 50 million Super Nintendo game consoles were sold at $199.

The SNES console or Super Nintendo had a lot going for it that the original Nintendo did not. For example the games gained better graphics, story lines and abilities. In Super Mario World, players could hop from one world to the next. They could also use a map to find the next location they needed to be clear of the enemy.

The Super Nintendo also sparked console wars between Nintendo and Sega. Sega Genesis was supposed to be a “cooler” machine with a huge library of games to play. It was also a lower price than the Super Nintendo. However, the Genesis was not as advanced as the Super Nintendo when it came to the 16 bit design.

The 32 bit era of game consoles did not end the popularity of the Super Nintendo, but it certainly had a tough crowd to please. The fact was, Super Nintendo marketing helped keep the console on the horizon for buyers due to the image and graphics it displayed.

Today Super Nintendo still holds a lot of potential for gamers who want to revisit their early years with game consoles. The emulator market has taken off, providing some of the best video games of old. For example, the Super Nintendo Final Fantasy V game has already been uploaded on the internet for a download playing the Super Nintendo machine. There are also other types of emulators on the market. For instance the PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and other hand held machines have taken the Super Nintendo games and produced more modern software.

The introduction of the modern software is just a new medium. Instead of the cartridges the Super Nintendo used, the software is on a disc or smaller form cartridge. They have not updated the graphics or technology behind the actual game. This allows collectors or avid game fans of the original Super Nintendo games to relive their past glory days. It also allows for children in the next generations to see how simple technology was, which can also add to the fun.