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25 years of the SNES: our favourite memories of the Super Nintendo

25 years ago, the Super Nintendo finally arrived in Switzerland. Now, we’re getting all nostalgic and thinking back to our favourite memories of Nintendo’s legendary games console.

Japanese gamers were playing until their thumbs were sore two whole years before us. Americans had a year’s head start. We Europeans, however, had to wait until 1992 to experience the magic of the Super Nintendo. We certainly did our best to make up for it. Here are some of our best memories of the great grey console.

Philipp, 34

Unfortunately, my parents never bought me and my brothers a console, so there were only two ways to satisfy my need for gaming. I went to department store Vilan (now Manor) and hogged their Super Nintendo for hours, mostly playing The Lion King, Street Fighter or Super Mario World. I had to start from scratch each time because I couldn’t save my progress. The second way to play was to go to a «friend»’s house. I say it like that because he wasn’t really a friend, but he had generous parents and a Super Nintendo with countless games as a result. Zombies Ate My Neighbours was one of my major highlights. I can still hear the soundtrack now.

Fabio, 28

When I was at primary school, I used to play in the basement at a friend’s house (her dad’s man cave). He had his own craft room with workbenches, a small TV and an SNES. Her dad was one of the only ones with a console at home back then. We spent countless afternoons in that room. Our favourite game was Donkey Kong Country 2. The multi-player mode made for endless fun. One day, when we were up against the bee boss, her dad said «Whoever beats the boss will get a new SNES». That was obviously a massive incentive for us. Despite hours of trying, we never did manage to beat the boss.

Silvia, 28

Ah, long days in dark rooms with the curtains drawn to block the sunlight. Most of the time, I was relegated to spectator because I had three older siblings. When I actually managed to get my hands on one of the coveted controllers, I thought I would soon emerge victorious. I would just stare at the wrong image. In reality, I was running about in the middle of nowhere…good times.

I remember the sounds too. There are so many, like when that stupid, annoying Baby Mario is overtaken by Yoshi («heee heeee heeee heee»), which only stops when he is caught. Or the joy of the bell-like sound when collecting coins or when Mario climbs onto Yoshi. I’ll never forget them.

Marcel, 31

Using the feather to jump into a pool in the water park on Super Mario Kart and smugly heading to the fridge under a barrage of complaints from other players – without the feather, you had no chance.

Mike, 28

My grandmother (the ardent Tetris gamer played to the point of carpal tunnel syndrome – gaming runs in the family) proposed a deal when I was four: «Give me your dummy and I’ll buy you an SNES». That was that. If only I’d have got the SNES…only kidding :D. I still have it and it works perfectly.

Basil, 28

Whenever I go to my holiday home in beautiful Graubünden, I open up this box and start playing shortly after I arrive. So it’s not a memory from the past for me, it’s something I still do :).

David, 26

I don’t remember release day, as I was only one when the SNES came out. My dad bought or was given it by a colleague a few years later. It was our first games console, and my brothers and I mainly played Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country. My favourite memory of Donkey Kong Country was the Mine Cart Carnage level. One of our greatest successes was coming across a shortcut, which allowed us to virtually skip this level. We didn’t always use the shortcut, though, as it was fun to zoom through the mine in the cart.

Pierre, 31

My dad gave me my SNES, which I hooked up to the TV in my room immediately. The first Super Nintendo image that appeared on the monitor was the Donkey Kong Country intro. Cranky Kong (Donkey Kong’s uncle) winds up his gramophone with 8-bit acoustics before Donkey Kong pushes in with his boombox. This scene was iconic, as it showed how the sound evolved from 8-bit oscillator to polyphonic MIDI acoustics in that you could clearly hear specific instruments.

So I was puzzled by how vivid and yet partly plastic the graphics were. As the SNES was able to depict figures and backgrounds in much higher resolution than its predecessors, game developer Rare had the unusual idea of creating 2D worlds and animation from pre-rendered 3D graphics. I obviously didn’t know that at the time, but I vividly remember how I racked my brain about why just the palm trees looked like you could reach out and touch them. The leap from the console generation to the next was somewhat magical back then.

Club Nintendo magazine was THE source for information about new SNES games. Image: Bitgames

Yves, 34

The SNES was the first console that my parents bought me and my brother. After we had played Street Fighter at the arcade every day of our school holidays, our parents were finally talked into getting an SNES and the cult combat game. It was the highlight of our childhood! The only downside was that it was bought in France - and stayed there for a whole year! On our next holiday, we smuggled it back and the door to the gaming world opened up before us.

Alessandro, 25

I associate the SNES with my early childhood. Well, kindergarten actually, and the start of my gaming career. I still remember playing Super Mario World or Donkey Kong Country with my cousin and Super Mario Kart with my mum. The SNES is really important to me and I still have one today. That’s why I’m so excited about the SNES Mini, which is coming out soon and will get hours of use! :D

Ramon, 27

There was a boy where I lived who had a Super Nintendo. He was the only one with a console for miles. All of the children in our neighbourhood were always at his house to play on it. At some point, my parents bought me a Nintendo 64. I was over the moon and so were the other children. The boy with the Super Nintendo was suddenly no longer the coolest kid in the area. Everyone was at my house now; all the time, every day. Alas, my time as king of the hood didn’t last. Soon, another boy was given a PlayStation, and I had to give up my crown. And so it went on. When a new console came onto the market, the balance of power in our neighbourhood shifted. All hail capitalism.

Alina, 25

I used to watch my brother play for hours as he tried to save Princess Peach. I wanted to be a princess myself when I grew up, but I was never allowed to play. My brother said I would ruin his score. He only let me play Tetris every now and then. I couldn’t mess that up.

What are your memories of the Super Nintendo? Let us know in the comments.

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32 comments

User Roy Sonderegger

Der Satz "Ark schwinden die Sinne" hat sich bei mir eingebrannt.. Keine Ahnung warum gerade dieser Satz. Vermutlich bin ich etliche Tode gestorben.^^

12.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Terranigma bestes Spiel nebst Zelda oder

12.09.2017
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User Roy Sonderegger

Für mich auf der SNES das beste Spiel. Vor Zelda. Diese Aussage ist aber rein subjektiv und eher auf meine Kindheitserinnerung bezogen.

12.09.2017
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User OG Mike

Im Winter 1990 kaufte ich mir den Super Famicom in Thailand mit den Spielen F-Zero und Super Mario World. Daheim in der Schweiz war ich der King, alle meine Kollegen zockten noch auf dem NES. Später vergrösserte ich den Modulschacht mit dem Lötkolben damit die Amerikanischen Module reinpassten.

12.09.2017
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User m.windu

Gab es bei einer vergrösserung des schachtes keine probleme mit 50/60Hz unterschieden?

12.09.2017
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User OG Mike

Nein die gab es nicht, die US Module waren kompatibel mit den NTSC J System. Man musste, wie gesagt, nur den Schacht vergrössern und vom US Modul die Seiten des Gehäuses wegschneiden, dann ging es problemlos. Das Modul sah dann einfach sch.. aus nach dem Mod. Mit einem Scart Kabel und einem 110V konverter lief die Konsole prima, auch in 60hz auf einem PAL Sony TV.
1993 oder so gab es einen Adapter und ich konnte sogar CH Pal Spiele auf meiner Jjapanischen Konsole gamen.

12.09.2017
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User OG Mike

110V/220V* Konverter

13.09.2017
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User Maxrim

Ich hatte keine SNES. Aber vorher etwa 3 NES. Der erste durch Hausbrand abgebrannt. Das hat meinem Vater für uns sehr leid getan, und deshalb einfach einen neuen gekauft.
Heute habe ich eine Lakka gebaut (lakka.tv) und NES, SNES, N64 und PS1 aufgesetzt. Alles mit originalgetreu kopierten USB-Controllern.

12.09.2017
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User janejane

@Basil das mach ich genau gleich! :D
Nach dem Borden oder nach einem Trekking noch eine schöne Runde Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong, ein gemütliches Harvest Moon und vieles mehr. Was gibts schöneres!

12.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Harvest Moon, immer den Hund in der Höhle gelassen für ne Nacht und jede Frau mal geheiratet... das waren noch Zeiten

12.09.2017
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User janejane

Was passiert wenn du den Hund in der Höhle lässt?

12.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Haha nichts :D den holt man am nächsten Tag wieder :D aber er tat irgendwie einem Leid weil er doch so niedlich war :D ... oder abfuck wenn mal ne Kuh krank oder gar gestorben ist... oder wenn man einfach mal nen ganzen Tag für den Acker brauchte und das erledigt werden musste, weil sonst das Gemüse am nächsten Tag schlecht war... ich könnt die Liste ewigs weiter führen *schwärm* zum Glück gibts ja Lets Plays.... retrofeeling.. lieber sowas als den neuen Quatsch anschauen :P

14.09.2017
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User Anonymous

Damals kostete ein Spiel doch auch locker mal 90.- CHF .. einige doch auch bis 110.- wenn ich mich richtig erinnere... Da es keine Update-Politik gab waren die Spiele zudem weitaus ausgereifter und liebevoller gestaltet .. so meine Meinung zumindest

12.09.2017
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User Maxrim

Die Preise waren echt unter aller Sau. Kein Wunder kriegte nicht jeder eine Konsole. Damals waren die Löhne auch tiefer.

12.09.2017
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User Pascal_Parvex

Ich habe auch im Vilan (heute Manor) in den 90ern Super Mario World gezockt. Und Zombies ate my Neighbours war ja auch von LucasArts, den Königen der 90er im Deutschsprachgen Raum. Ich stand auf J'n'R, auf PC 386er war aber Flaute. www.kultboy.com -> Alte Testberichte von meist deutschen Magazinen

13.09.2017
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User goekhan.engin

SNES.., wenn ich schon nur diese 4 Buchstaben höre.
Diese Spielkonsole hat mein Leben geändert und es wird auch das Leben deren ändern, die erst jetzt in die 90er-Nostalgie reinkommen, wobei es dafür nie zu spät ist! Für alle Rollenspiel Liebhaber die mit Abstand prägendste Konsole für dieses Genre.

13.09.2017
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User goekhan.engin

Einen eigenen Kommentar auf meinen Beitrag kann ich nicht unterlassen, da es sich hier um die legendäre Konsole von Nintendo handelt und weit mehr als nur 300 Zeichen Kommentar verdient hat. Wie viele von euch, hat meine Zocker Ära mit dem Super Mario World Bundle begonnen. Den schlichten Coin-Geräusch im Intro bevor die Main Theme beginnt werde ich niemals vergessen und läuft sogar heute noch regelmässig, wenn ich Lust auf 16-Bit kriegen sollte.

13.09.2017
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User goekhan.engin

Die Soul-Blazer Reihe (Soul Blazer, Illusion of Time, Terranigma), inbesondere Terranigma mit dem hinreisenden Wiederaufbau der Oberwelt (Erde) sowie der fabelhaften Storyline und Liebesgeschichte zwischen Hauptprotagonist Ark und Melina(s), dazumal noch von Enix. Nicht vergessen darf man Square mit Klassikern wie Secret of Mana, hoch lebe das Manaschwert (Offiz. Release des Remake am 15.02.2018), Chrono Trigger mit sehr grossen Einflüssen seitens Akira Toriyama (Dragonball) das leider nie in Europa erschienen ist sowie die sehr unterschätzte Zeitreise für alle Hunde Liebhaber; Secret of Evermore. Es haben noch weit mehr Spieletitel verdient erwähnt werden zu dürfen, wobei dies aus meiner Sicht kein Ende hätte.

13.09.2017
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User MoMenTuM

Das waren noch Zeiten! *schwelg", als ich noch mit der normlen 8Bit NES bedient war und neidisch auf die Grafik der Spiele von der SNES schaute, welche mir immer wieder in den NINTENDO CLUB Magazinen vorgelegt wurde! ^^ Irgendwann kam dann die SNES tatsächlich noch mit Donkey Kong Country...

14.09.2017
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User pascal2008

ich muss mich auch nicht wirklich erinnern, bei mir ist sie zuhause, am lg 65 curved oled geniesse ich ab und zu die games. habe alle coolen spiele gekauft sicher an die 20 30 stück liegen hier rum...das war eine tolle game zeit die 90er..jetzt bin ich erwachsen und gamen spielt keine rolle mehr im leben, man wird eben erwachsen!

11.09.2017
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User Canavar

Als Erwachsene hat man doch andere Vergnügen ;)

11.09.2017
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User dule_90

Naja als erwachsener kann man trotzdem Gamen :p sehe da kein Problem !

12.09.2017
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User m.windu

Dule_90+1

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User Canavar

İch sage ja nix dass man als Erwachsene nicht zocken kann. auch ich selber werde mit 40 noch weiter zocken :P Was ich meinte ist, wenn man Frau oder Freundin hat.. :D

12.09.2017
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User AllHailPrinceVegeta

@Canavar
Also ich hatte schon Freundinnen, mit denen ich zocken konnte ^^ Und wenn man ganz multitasking versiert ist, kann man auch mit der Frau/Freundin zocken und anderweitig Spass haben ;)

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