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Super NES
(Also known as "SNES" and as "Super Famicom" in Japan)

Technical Specs:

CPU 16bit 35816 @ 3.6Mhz
Memory 128kB
Graphics 512kB VRAM, 512x448, 256 colors (32768 palette), "mode 7" (rotation, scaling etc), 128 sprites
Sound 16bit SPC700, Stereo, 8 channels, 512kB
Game Media Cartridge (512kB to 6MB)


In 1991, Nintendo released the long-awaited sequel to the NES called (what else?) the Super NES. The new 16bit system had to compete with SEGA's Genesis which had been available for some time. The SNES quickly became a best-seller thanks to it's line-up of great games and it's very good quality graphics. The only flaw of the SNES was the very slow CPU wich came in contrast to the SNES graphic abilities. Nonetheless, the SNES was the sequel to the most popular console ever, and it was good enough to become the leader in the 16bit realm. The SNES has the most and the best RPG's than any other console.



Of about a dozen SNES emulators, ZSNES and SNES9X stand out.

- ZSNES : My favourite SNES emulator that has exellent sound, 16bit color, suport for SuperFX, DSP1, SA-1. There is only a DOS version with a nice GUI. The main advantage of this emulator is it's superb speed - great for low end Pentiums. After some time of silence the ZSNES has advanced even more during 1999 and 2000.

- SNES9X : A good alternative to ZSNES (used to be considered even better) that has excellent sound, support for SuperFX etc, even Super Scope 6. SNES9X has both DOS and Win9x versions and will require a faster computer than ZSNES.

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