This month is packed with Nintendo anniversaries, with the Wii, Wii U, amiibo, and even Shigeru Miyamoto celebrating their birthdays in November. The same is true for the Super Nintendo Entertainment system, which launched in Japan on November 21, 1990 as the Super Famicom. What better way to celebrate the 25th birthday of the revolutionary console than to embarrass it with old home videos. Happy Birthday SNES!
If you own a PlayStation 4 and loved Super Star Wars which was released on the Super Nintendo back in 1992 then you will be interested to know you can download an enhanced edition on Tuesday. The PlayStation Blog says that the “enhanced for PS4 with new save features, leaderboards, Trophies, and updated display and controller options.” If you don’t own a PlayStation 4, you can download the game on the Wii Virtual Console. Here’s the game’s description.
“Risk your life as a Jedi Knight! Join Luke, Han, and Chewbacca in their fierce war against the evil Empire,”
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Popular video game website Kotaku has put together a list of what they deem to be the best-looking video game consoles of all-time. It wouldn’t be a complete list if it didn’t mention some Nintendo platforms and it doesn’t disappoint. The publication has listed the GameCube along with the Super Nintendo (European and Japanese version) as two of the top ten best-looking consoles. Here’s what they had to say about both the GameCube and the Super Nintendo.
GameCube: The Nintendo GameCube was a tiny little box that played tiny little discs and had a tiny little handle so that tiny little hands could carry it with them to their friends houses and play the best Mario Kart game there ever was.
SNES: I’m not a fan of the North American Super Nintendo. It’s too…utilitarian. The version released in Europe, Australia and Japan, though, now that’s a pretty video game console.
I’ve always thought the SNES was a lot like the Mazda MX-5. Built in Japan a very long time ago, its restrained use of curves created a design that almost timeless, looking as good today as it did at release. A classic colour scheme (those buttons!) didn’t hurt, either.
Long term Rare developer Gregg Mayles has shared some more concept art from the beloved Donkey Kong Country series. This time around Mr. Mayles has given us an early look at the villainous, King K.Rool. The concept art has been created by James Ryman and shows how Krudd has basically evolved into King K.Rool. You can check out some earlier designs from Donkey Kong Country, right here.
Long standing Rare veteran Gregg Mayles has showcased various Donkey Kong Country concept art on his Twitter account. Mayles is known for showing off various Rare developed artwork and prototypes and the latest batch gives us a fascinating look at the creation of the acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series.
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You can certainly find some interesting information floating around Twitter. Mark Stevenson, who previously worked at Rare, has shared on the social network that the development team for the Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo originally envisioned Donkey Kong wearing a helmet with a flashlight for the dark and dank cave levels found throughout the original game. However, Stevenson says this was later replaced with Squawks the parrot.
Everyone, say hello to Sydney Hunter and the Caverns of Death! It’s the latest Super Nintendo game, due to come out in early 2016! Yes, that’s right, on SUPER NINTENDO!
The adventure/puzzle game is comprised of ten stages and contains a classic 16-bit glow that will be sure to delight traditionalists. The best part? The game plugs right into your Super Nintendo console — it comes in a legit Super Nintendo cartridge, and ships with a box and manual straight out of 1993. Niche, yes, but totally brilliant too!
If you’re unfortunate enough to lack a working Super Nintendo in your home, breathe a sigh of relief and know that the game is also to be released on the Wii U eShop, funded by a Kickstarter. I don’t know about you, but I find that the Super Nintendo is the pinnacle of gaming, so this game is right up my alley!