Nintendo’s Super Famicom (SNES) released 31 years ago today in Japan

    Nintendo released the Super Famicom 31 years ago on November 21st, 1990 in Japan. Fans in the west would know this iconic console as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES for short. The worldwide release came on September 9th, 1991 which celebrated its 30th anniversary just a few months ago. The console featured many timeless games such as Dragon Quest V, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy VI and F-Zero to name a few. Influential JRPGs such as Shin Megami Tensei and Chrono Trigger also found their home on the system. The system also introduced shoulder buttons (L & R) which would become a mainstay on controllers going forward.

    During this era, the heated 16-bit marketing battle between the SEGA Genesis (Mega Drive in Japan) and the SNES began. The Genesis was tough competition but the SNES would still outsell it. By the end of its lifecycle, 49 million units sold worldwide with 17 million of that total being in Japan alone. SNES games are still played to this day thanks to Switch Online, the SNES Classic and emulation. Even today, new players are still being introduced to games from the system. Many players want to see more SNES remasters on consoles like the iconic Chrono Trigger (Please, Square Enix).

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    Soul Kiwami
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    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Managing Editor of Final Weapon and a Games Writer at Game Rant with four years of writing and editing experience. Raul is passionate about the Japanese gaming industry, and he's a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs, and fighting games. business email: [email protected]

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