The Super Nintendo Entertainment System is a console that was released by Nintendo.

History

The Nintendo Entertainment System was still selling well years after it was first released. Nintendo didn't think that a successor was needed because of this. However, several Nintendo competitors wanted to compete with Nintendo for their market share. Other companies began releasing more powerful hardware.

First, Hudson Soft and NEC Corporation released the TurboGrafx-16 (also known as the PC Engine) in 1987. While considered a part of the 16-bit era, the CPU was actually 8-bit. Nevertheless, the console gave Nintendo some competition in Japan. One year later, Sega released the Sega Genesis. It found little success in Japan, but the Genesis became a serious competitor in North America. Nintendo decided that they would need to act quickly if they wanted to keep their market share. They began development of the SNES after the release of the TurboGrafx-16.

Masayuki Uemura of Nintendo directed the development of the system. Nintendo first released the Super Famicom (the console's name in Japan) on November 21, 1990. The first shipment contained just 300,000 units. These sold out within a few hours.

ActRaiser, the first Quintet game on the system, was release just weeks after the system's launch in both Japan and North America. It would sell 620,000 copies worldwide, winning Best Music from Electronic Gaming Monthly in 1993.

List of Quintet Games on the System

Main article: List of Quintet games

Trivia

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