Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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Original North American Model 1
Original Japanese version

Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Fourth generation
Release date November 21, 1990 (JP)

August 23, 1991 (NA)
April 11 1992 (EU/UK)
June 6, 1992 (others)

Media type ROM cartridge
Input 2 controller ports
Predecessor Nintendo Entertainment System (1983)
Successor Nintendo 64 (1996)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as the Super NES, SNES or Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit video game console that was released in 1990 by Nintendo in Japan, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe & Australasia (Oceania), and South America in 1993. In Japan, the system is called the Super Famicom (スーパーファミコン?, officially adopting the abbreviated name of its predecessor, the Family Computer), or SFC for short. In South Korea, it is known as the Super Comboy (슈퍼 컴보이) and was distributed by Hyundai Electronics.



Processor: Ricoh 5A22, based on a 16-bit 65C816 core

Clock rates (NTSC):

  • Input: 21.47727 MHz
  • Bus: 3.58 MHz, 2.68 MHz, or 1.79 MHz

Clock rates (PAL):

  • Input: 21.28137 MHz
  • Bus: 3.55 MHz, 2.66 MHz, or 1.77 MHz

Buses: 24-bit and 8-bit address buses, 8-bit data bus

Additional features:

  • DMA and HDMA
  • Timed IRQ
  • Parallel I/O processing
  • Hardware multiplication and division


Native audio/video output:

  • RF
  • Composite
  • S-video



SNES Jr.[edit]

North American SNES Jr.

The SNES Jr., also referred to as the SNES 2, was a redesign of the SNES released late in the consoles lifetime. It does not support s-video output and lacks an RF jack, although an external RF adapter can be used.


Region Locking[edit]

Although most SNES cartridges can't be just put in a system of another region, you can overcome this by using a region adapter. There are still a certain amount of games that make use of "software region-locking" this means that the game will look at what region the system is. If you boot a game from a different region and it displays a "Not designed for your Super NES/Super Famicom" or a similar message than that game is software region-locked. SNES-TOOL can patch a region locked game so when using a flashcart or a similar device you can play the game on your system These games have a software region lock:

  • Adventures of Batman & Robin
  • Art of Fighting
  • Art of Fighting 2 (Ryūko no Ken 2)
  • Asterix & Obelix
  • Biker Mice from Mars
  • Bushi Seiryuuden - Futari no Yuusha
  • Castalvania Dracula X/Vampire Kiss
  • Clock Tower
  • Coron Land
  • Cyber Knight II
  • Dai-3-ji Super Robot Taisen
  • Dai-4-ji Super Robot Taisen
  • Demon's Crest
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2
  • Donkey Kong Country 3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden 3
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  • Earthbound
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Fighter's History
  • Final Fight 3
  • Ganbare! Daiku no Gen-san
  • Gokujō Parodiusu - Kako no Eikō o Motomete
  • Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Douchuu
  • Ganbare Goemon 2
  • Ganbare Goemon 3
  • Go Go Ackman 1
  • Go Go Ackman 3
  • Gokujou Parodius
  • Illusion of Gaia
  • Iron Commando
  • Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius
  • Joe & Mac 2/3
  • Live A Live
  • Kidou Senshi Victory Gundam
  • Kirby Bowl
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Avalanche
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei
  • Majin Tensei
  • Magical Pop'n
  • Marvel Super Heroes
  • Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow
  • Megaman VII
  • Megaman X
  • Megaman X2
  • Metal Warriors
  • Metal Max Returns
  • Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3
  • Plok!
  • Popful Mail
  • Prehistorik Man
  • Rock n' Roll Racing
  • Romancing SaGa 3
  • Robotrek
  • R-Type III
  • Samurai Spirits
  • Saturday Night Slam Masters
  • Secret of Mana
  • Sparkster
  • Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
  • Stunt Race FX/Wild Trax
  • Sunset Riders
  • Super Genjin
  • Super Genjin 2
  • Super Mario All-Stars
  • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Ninja-kun
  • Super Robot Taisen EX
  • Super Robot Taisen Gaiden
  • Tactics Ogre
  • Terranigma
  • Tetsuwan Atom
  • The Adventures of Tintin - Prisoners of the Sun
  • The Great Battle II
  • The Great Battle IV
  • The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie
  • Top Gear 2
  • Tintin In Tibet
  • Trinea
  • Undercover Cops
  • Wizap!
  • Wagyan Paradise
  • X-Men Mutant Apocalypse
  • YS V
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors