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First post, by Jo22

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Hi everyone,

Just recently, Windows 3.10 celebrated its 30th birthday (31 if we include day 1, age 0 😉).
Now it's the Super NES that turned 30.

In some (ex-) countries of European Union, the SNES was released on April 11th 1992.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Nintendo_ … tainment_System

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Reply 2 of 12, by Jo22

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That's cool! The Famicoms might be a special case, also.
Like the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, it had a mouse.
And there's an SDK: https://github.com/alekmaul/pvsneslib
So the Super NES is almost a Family's Computer. 😉

But seriously, if you enjoy coding, there's an easy to use BASIC compiler for the arch rival of the SNES.
https://segaretro.org/BasiEgaXorz

Also interesting is the fact that some Famicom/NES clones had a real keyboard and a parallel port.
133MHz wrote an article about it years ago.
https://133fsb.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/famic … port-interface/

😃

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Reply 4 of 12, by WolverineDK

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Jo22 wrote on 2022-04-12, 05:51:
Also interesting is the fact that some Famicom/NES clones had a real keyboard and a parallel port. 133MHz wrote an article abou […]
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Also interesting is the fact that some Famicom/NES clones had a real keyboard and a parallel port.
133MHz wrote an article about it years ago.
https://133fsb.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/famic … port-interface/

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The reason for the keyboards for some famiclones is because of this.

https://nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2021/03/ … puter-into.html

And some famiclones do have the family basic too. I still remember many years ago, I saw a plethora of expansions to a famiclone , which was rather cool. I just wish I had that picture of that. Which I saw back then.

Reply 5 of 12, by BEEN_Nath_58

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How many releases of SNES were there actually? Wasn't it launched in Asia then, I mostly see release dates of EU and NA but never Asia.

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Reply 6 of 12, by Jo22

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WolverineDK wrote on 2022-04-12, 14:29:
The reason for the keyboards for some famiclones is because of this. […]
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Jo22 wrote on 2022-04-12, 05:51:
Also interesting is the fact that some Famicom/NES clones had a real keyboard and a parallel port. 133MHz wrote an article abou […]
Show full quote

Also interesting is the fact that some Famicom/NES clones had a real keyboard and a parallel port.
133MHz wrote an article about it years ago.
https://133fsb.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/famic … port-interface/

😃

The reason for the keyboards for some famiclones is because of this.

https://nerdlypleasures.blogspot.com/2021/03/ … puter-into.html

And some famiclones do have the family basic too. I still remember many years ago, I saw a plethora of expansions to a famiclone , which was rather cool. I just wish I had that picture of that. Which I saw back then.

Thanks for the link! 🙂
I think I saw such a Famicom clone once.
It was a King Game Computer, I think.

These machines are interesting really.
If only they had proper software.

These tile-based consoles do remember me of my old Sharp.
It used glyphs/symbols to draw graphics.

The oddest NES I ever saw was a model that advertised itself as being compatible to Hercules/CGA monitors.
It really had a DE-9 connector on the side!

If only these hackers from China/Russia/Asia had ever built a real homecomputer based on the Famicom hardware.
All the homebrew that could have had emerged from this. 🤔

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Reply 7 of 12, by Jo22

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BEEN_Nath_58 wrote on 2022-04-13, 08:27:

How many releases of SNES were there actually? Wasn't it launched in Asia then, I mostly see release dates of EU and NA but never Asia.

I wonder the same! There was such a video by YT star Lady Decade, AFAIK, but it was about the old Nintendo, not the Super NES.

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 8 of 12, by Jo22

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Oh, by the way.. The SNES CPU had been build with the idea of being backwards compatible but the compatibility idea was scrapped.

I wonder, was just the NES cartridge slot omitted, but the old instructions set and the soundchip of the NES CPU left intact inside the SNES CPU ?

If so, this would explain why Super Mario Allstars was released so quickly ?
I mean, could it be that the game engines of the old games (SMB 1-3, Lost Levels) were just quick&dirty ported to SNES by reusing old assembly code from before and making modificationsfor the new graphics system ?

I mean, even the controller ports are similar to the NES, just wired in cascade ?

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 10 of 12, by Joseph_Joestar

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What I remember most vividly about the SNES was the awesome pack-in game: Super Mario World. It remains my favorite Mario title to this day. And it really showcased how much better the SNES was compared to its 8-bit predecessor.

Excellent graphics (for the time), catchy music and perfectly balanced gameplay. Obviously, later SNES games like Donkey Kong Country improved upon the graphics and sound, but for a launch title, Super Mario World was simply amazing. I played that game for hours upon hours as a kid. Also, the Super Game Boy adapter was kinda neat, but it's too bad that so few games supported it natively.

P.S.

When I saw the US version of the SNES for the first time, I burst out laughing. Having grown up with the EU model (same design as the JP original), to me the US one looked like some kid tried and failed, to recreate the console using Lego blocks. 😁

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Reply 11 of 12, by RaiderOfLostVoodoo

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2022-04-16, 07:24:

Excellent graphics (for the time), catchy music and perfectly balanced gameplay. Obviously, later SNES games like Donkey Kong Country improved upon the graphics and sound, but for a launch title, Super Mario World was simply amazing.

Don't forget to mention the Super FX chip!

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