Super Nintendo It is one of the most special Nintendo consoles. It was the jump to 16 bits and with it it brought us true masterpieces, which today are considered some of the best games in history, such as Super Mario World, Zelda a Link to the Past or the mythical Chrono Trigger. Otherwise you can always consult our Top on The 10 best SNES games of all time.
But since all these are things that you already know, that’s why today we bring you 10 things that you probably didn’t know. Are you ready?
Super Nintendo Curiosities
1. A console with different names
16 bit console Nintendo It has had many nicknames throughout its history, but you may not know that it is one of the consoles with the most official names for sale.
To fit the regional market where it was going to be sold, the manufacturers decided to change its name to adapt to the marketing of the place where it arrived. Thus, in Europe we receive the Super Nintendoin the United States the SuperNESin Japan the Super Famicom and what many do not know is about the Super Comboythe name by which it was known in South Korea.
2. Design…. Anti-spill?
Another interesting thing about Super Nintendo is that the manufacturers wanted to make it so that it was “Anti-Spills.
The previous console of Nintendothe NES, had a square design, so it was ideal to support a glass with liquid, which could cause it to spill over the device. The solution? Nintendo decided to make the next console with a slight curvature to avoid those problems.
3. Super Nintendo and its different designs
The name was not the only thing that was different between the different regions in which it went on sale. The European and Japanese versions would be identical to each other, but changing the logo.
However, the big difference is found in the North American version. The United States decided to wage war on its own and redesign the entire console. Lance Barr, in charge of the North American design of Super Nintendo, decided that the console lacked “punch”, so he decided to make it with more edges and fewer curves. What design do you like the most?
4. Your Super Nintendo will end up being yellow
If you still have your Super Nintendoyou will have been able to verify that it has been losing its color in favor of a more yellowish one.
That’s because at that time, most electronic systems were covered by a layer of chemicals that meant that, if a short circuit ever occurred, the plastic would not burn, but would only melt. The problem with this security system was that sunlight or the use of tobacco yellowed the console. A price to pay for security.
5. The agreement between Nintendo and Sony
One of the great stories of the video game industry was the failed SNES CD.
Nintendo y Sony They had reached an agreement in the early 90s to create a peripheral that would function as a CD player that would improve the graphics and sound aspect of the console. In the end, Nintendo decided to ally with Philipsbringing us the Philips CD-i which we are talking about in this article (Nintendo’s biggest mistake), and Sony decided to continue with the project alone, releasing the PlayStation. What do you think would have happened if the agreement had been maintained?
6. Play your favorite Game Boy games on your Super Nintendo
The year it came out Super Nintendo, there was another Nintendo flagship product on the streets around the world. We talk about the Game Boy.
Being at that time the best-selling console in history, Nintendo decided to take out a peripheral called Super Game Boya cartridge that allowed us to introduce our games of Game Boy at our SNES, and play them on TV. Best of all, it colored your games so you could play them in color. Must buy.
7. Backwards compatibility with NES?
Backwards compatibility is something that users always want when a new console comes out.
Nintendoduring the development of the Super NintendoI try that the cartridges of the NES could be inserted directly into your new console. To the sadness of the users, due to manufacturing costs and the design that the new console was going to have compared to the previous one, they decided to eliminate the backward compatibility of the final design.
8. Nintendo, the forerunner of Online
Super Nintendo It was a pioneering console in many aspects, but the strangest of all was the online compatibility that the console had, the Satellaview.
Nintendo allied with the company St.GIGA to create a peripheral that would allow users to connect the console via satellite to be able to download content and play games. The service consisted of paying a monthly fee to download games periodically. The problem that arose was that it could only be done on certain days at certain times, which is why they did not consider it a viable commercial product.
9. The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablet
After the release of The Legend of Zelda Tears Of The Kingdom, today we will talk about the direct sequel to a game in the saga Zelda more unknown.
The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablet was a direct sequel to A Link to the Past. Why haven’t you heard of him? Because in addition to coming out only in Japan, it could only be obtained through the online system Satellaview.
In the game, we control a boy wearing a baseball cap and a girl who arrive in Hyrule, known as the heroes of light. It was divided into four weekly episodes with live orchestras. The map was the same as the one in A Link to the Past, but with some changes and with four new dungeons. It is possibly the strangest game in the Zelda saga… But do you think it is also the strangest game on the Super Nintendo?
10. Captain Novolin, fights diabetes
The SNES It had almost 3,000 games counting Pal, NTSC versions and games that never left Japanese territory. But without a doubt the rarest of all is Captain Novolin.
In this educational video game we will put ourselves in the shoes of Captain Novolin, a superhero who suffers from type 1 diabetes. The game was promoted by the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk (yes, they sold insulin) and is considered one of the worst video games in history by users.
In this action game we have to fight against aliens disguised as junk food and try to rescue the mayor of the city, who also suffers from diabetes and only has insulin left for 48 hours. The game was marketed by hospitals to teach children more about this disease. Have you played it?
And you, did you know all these facts about the Super Nintendo? What has been your favourite? We wait for you in the comments