Though the precise date is hard to concretely declare, it’s largely believed the SNES officially launched on August 22, 1991. That means it’s just about to celebrate its 25th birthday – at long last, my Super Nintendo can rent a car.
Wasn’t sure what to do for the occassion, so I settled on a bubbly assemblage of launch-day game clips, all set to the exciting Gradius III soundtrack. Nothing special, but it’s the thought that counts!
The SNES is without a doubt my favorite console, and the launch lineup was so strong that just about every game that came out from August through the end of the year is still worth playing / investigating to this day. There are “less good” games but man, for the most part, it’s a stellar cast of games that includes Mario World, F-Zero, Pilotwings, Sim City, Gradius III, Super R-Type, Final Fantasy II, Final Fight, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Actraiser… I could go on!
Anyway, I got mine in November 1991 and while 25 years is a long time, it definitely feels like it’s been 25 years since that day. Hard to imagine it’d be just five years until the N64 launched in September 1996, and almost exactly 10 years to the day for the launch of the GameCube. Tack another 10 years to that and you’re in 2011, which brought us the 3DS and the promise of the “next” Wii – which wouldn’t launch until 2012.
So yeah, it’s been a while. But none of those launch era SNES games have lost my interest even after all these years. So hats off, ya big grey-but-slowly-turning-corpse-yellow box!