How do you follow up the game console that literally saved the video game industry?
That was the question Nintendo had to address when making their 16-bit successor to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It didn’t help matters that console rival Sega had a good two-year head start on this new era of gaming with the Sega Genesis. Released in the early 90s, Nintendo’s answer was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), a supercharged NES that could pump out the best graphics and sound of any game console at the time.
In its lifetime, the SNES would go on to beat the Sega Genesis as the best-selling console of the era. Now nearly 30 years later, the SNES is remembered as one of the greatest consoles ever made. This everlasting legacy can’t be credited to its stellar graphics card or sound chip, but to the SNES’s library of timeless classics.
Publisher & Developer: Nintendo
Birthed as a technical showcase for the SNES’s graphical power, F-Zero did much more than simply wow gamers with its graphics — it created an entire subgenre.
As the first futuristic racing game, F-Zero had gamers zipping through intricate tracks across three cups. The tight controls gave this racer more depth than any other racing game before it. Rather than constantly holding down the acceleration, players had to know when to speed up and slow down in order to properly navigate all the tight turns and avoid elimination.
While F-Zero may not get any love from Nintendo nowadays, there is still lots to love in the SNES original.