Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

System Overview

Released in 1990 in Japan (as the Super Famicom), then the rest of the world over the next two years. Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System is the successor to the NES. The system represented Nintendo’s moves into the 16-bit era, building on what they had established with their original NES.

The SNES represented a huge jump in graphical and sound performance. Sega had beaten Nintendo into the 16-bit era with the Mega Drive in 1988. This meant the SNES played catch up with Sega who had got off to a good start with their new system.

Upon the SNES’ release, it began what would be remembered as one of the most competitive eras in console history. Nintendo continued to market their consoles based on their own family-friendly franchises, such as Mario, etc. Sega, however, positioned their console more towards ‘Bringing the arcade experience home’. Sega had built up a strong reputation for their own arcade franchises, which often translated well to the Mega Drive. So, the SNES had a battle on its hands.

In terms of worldwide sales, the SNES won out over the Mega Drive with c. 49 million units sold. This made the system the best selling system of the era.

The system remained available at retail until 2003.

How to Emulate this system?

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles.

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Also, check out the other Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
Snes9x nes9x is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator for Windows Windows

Emulating the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) using a Raspberry Pi

Unfortunately, the Raspberry Pi does not currently emulate the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) sufficiently well enough. However, it is still worth checking them out!

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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