Super Nintendo Entertainment System
SNES 001
The SNES console with a controller plugged in and the Mario Allstars game inside.
Manufacturer Nintendo
Released Japan November 21, 1990
U.S.A. August 1991
Europe April 11, 1992
Australia July 3, 1992
Generation Fourth generation (16-bit era)
Media ROM cartridge
Online service Satellaview (Japan only)
Units shipped 49.10 million
Best-selling game Super Mario World (pack-in), 20 million (as of June 25, 2007)
Donkey Kong Country, 8 million (as of June 11, 2003)
Preceded by Nintendo Entertainment System
Followed by Nintendo 64

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES) is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. In Japan, it is known as the Super Famicom. In South Korea, it is known as the Super Comboy. That console was licensed and distributed by Hyundai Electronics.Although each version is essentially the same, several forms of regional lockout prevent the different versions from being compatible with one another.The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was Nintendo's second home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System (often abbreviated to NES, released as the Famicom in Japan). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other consoles at the time. Additionally, development of a variety of enhancement chips (which were integrated on game circuit boards) helped to keep it competitive in the marketplace. Whereas the earlier system had struggled in Europe and large parts of Asia the SNES proved to be a global success, albeit one that could not match its predecessor's popularity in South East Asia and North America—due in part to increased competition from Sega's Mega Drive console (released in North America as the Genesis). Despite its relatively late start, the SNES became the best selling console of the 16-bit era but only after its competitor Sega had pulled out of the 16-bit market to focus on its 32-bit next generation console.

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