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A true legend
Nintendo Super NES
Member Name: alnilam
Nintendo Super NES
Advantages: durability, games are really fun, game-pad feels good in hands, many more advantages
It was a Christmas evening many, many years ago (I was probably 9, but in all honesty I do not remember exactly). After a family dinner we went out for a walk in the city which was beautifully decorated and full of stands offering Christmas treats and sweets. I remember my mother bought me a red helium balloon in the shape of the reindeer - that was probably the time when my father sneaked back home and "planted" the gifts under the tree and returned to us, I honestly did not see him leave so imagine my surprise and new questionings about the great force called Santa (in which at the time I did not believe anymore, but my dad managed to bring back the X-mas spirit in full force). There it was a big box wrapped in the newspaper (this is why I suspect it was the work of my dad :) and along the big box three little boxes. Me and my sister (the gift was for both) unwrapped the boxes in the matter of seconds. And there it was a brand new Super Nintendo with 3 games (Tinny Tunes, Jurassic Park, Top Gear). I think I cried. I really do not know why my parents bought this for us, I imagine it was quite expensive at the time and we were not the wealthiest family nor was it the custom to buy expensive gifts, but whatever the reason was, blessed it be :)
I grew up with this console, learned a lot of things because of it - all the additional games I had to buy for myself (my sister was not as interested in buying haha) so creativity in order to save up for the games was in order. I was quite a business child selling handmade postcards (and other crafts) to my family (grandparents were the most faithful customers). Tons of fun hours I have spent with this console, mostly with my friends as we would take turns in playing or compete in many two-player games I had. My mother was the "parental advisor" on our console game time and she had a perfect sense on when to say; "Alright kids, that's enough now... Go out and play!". We always did what she said and with our heads filled with imaginative worlds we encountered playing, we hurled outside and continued to play in the real world.
If you look at the console today, especially at its specifications you might not, well I am certain you will not be impressed. There is a 99.9% chance your mobile phone is more efficient. With a 16 bit processing unit, memory measured in bytes not megabytes, capability of showing 32768 - that's equal to 15 bit - if you are using older MS Windows you can check your desktop settings and see if you can set it to this graphical setting (you would probably have to have a really old version) - to get the feel of the graphics. 16-bit stereo sound does not sound impressive either. For those of you that are not tech types all this information points to - not good. All in all it really is far from impressive. But there is some magic in this console. There is something in this weak numbers, there has to be since after all these years and progress made in the gaming industry I still take this baby out of the closet and play one of the many games I own and have a blast doing it. Well the fact that it still works gives it a thumbs up too.
What is that magical thing? I really do not know, it might be in the controller. It is unbelievably easy to hold in hands, be it a child's hands or a grownup's hands it fits perfectly. It is in my opinion the best shaped game controller that was ever invented - I could and can play for hours and my hands did not hurt. The controller is really simple with only a few buttons (4 coloured action buttons, 2 buttons on top of the gamepad, a cross button and start and select button) that are easily operated with fingers (making combos in fighting games was brilliant with these). The buttons are made from hard plastic but I never got blisters from them. The game-pad is perfect for playing games from all genres.
But the game-pad itself can't be enough can it? It might be he simplicity of use when it comes to this console. You connect the console to the TV, plug it in electricity and just pop the game cartridge into the slot, press the huge start button (occasionally reset button) and that's pretty much it. You won't have to worry about memory cards, erase data on it to be able to play games etc. Sounding better and better.
But what really makes this console special in my mind is the games. Nintendo is well know for their brand games such as Super Mario and Pokemon (although I did not own Pokemon nor does it come for SNES I think) and these games alone make it worth while to purchase one of their consoles. These two game titles are without a saying the best ones out there. Playing games on SNES was always fun, mainly because of simple graphics that were and still are more than satisfactory. The games were simple yet still demanding. I was never throwing the game-pad in anger as am now tempted with some modern games. The games served their purpose - they were meant to entertain and relax and not to agitate and make nervous. Most of the games are at the first glare more appealing to youngsters but I find myself enjoying in all of them.
In my opinion this is the best game console that was ever released and all the great graphics in new ones, all the movement sensors and all the cool stuff new ones can offer will never top the warmth in the heart that this one provides. If I will ever have a child this will be the first console he or she will get their hands on.
Don't think that this for many obsolete console is hard to get these days, there are tons of offers on-line and you can get it fairly cheaply. But the limited edition ones can get prices higher than any new console has. With all the new consoles out there I can't say you must buy this one, but if you will I am sure you will not regret it. 100's of games are also easy to find in on-line stores.
Summary: An old-timer worth a ride
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