Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as the Super NES, SNES or Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit video game console that was released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia (Oceania), and South America between 1990 and 1993. In Japan and Southeast Asia, the system is called the Super Famicom (スーパーファミコン) or SFC for short, officially adopting the abbreviated name of its predecessor, the Family Computer. In South Korea, it is known as the Super Comboy (슈퍼 컴보이) and was distributed by Hyundai Electronics. Although each version is essentially the same, several forms of regional lockout prevent the different versions from being compatible with one another.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System
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SNES Console.pngNorth American SNES
SFC Console.pngJapanese Super Famicom
Manufacturer Nintendo
Generation Fourth generation
Retail availability JP November 21, 1990
NA August 23, 1991
EU April 11, 1992
AUS July 3, 1992
Discontinued NA 1999
JP September, 2003
Units sold 49.10 million
Media ROM cartridge
CPU 3.58MHz 65c816 Ricoh 5A22 16-bit processor
Online services Satellaview (Japan only), XBAND, Nintendo Power (Japan Only)
Best-selling game Super Mario World (pack-in), 20.60 million

Donkey Kong Country (pack-in), 9 million

Super Mario Kart, 8 million
Predecessor Nintendo Entertainment System
Successor Nintendo 64

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was Nintendo's second home console, following the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The console introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other consoles at the time. Additionally, development of a variety of enhancement chips (which were integrated on game circuit boards) helped to keep it competitive in the marketplace.

The SNES was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the fourth generation era despite its relatively late start and the fierce competition it faced in North America from Sega's Genesis/Mega Drive console. The SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit era, and although Nintendo has dropped all support for the console, it continues to be popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, and emulation enthusiasts, some of whom are still making homebrew ROM images.

The SNES sold 49.10 million units worldwide. It was discontinued in 1999-2002 well after the launch of it's successor, the Nintendo 64.

Super NES Global Problems


Problems that may occur with any Super NES title on Dolphin are listed below.

Glitched Sound

Sound is glitched in the OpenAL backend. Use XAudio2 to prevent this. Fixed in 5.0-798.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (Super NES)

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Compatibility Description
  Perfect: No issues at all!
  Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
  Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
  Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
  Broken: Crashes when booting
  Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia
Title Year Region Compatibility
ActRaiser 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Aero the Acro-Bat 2010 JP/NA/EU 5  
Aero the Acro-Bat 2 2010 NA/EU 5  
Albert Odyssey 2010 JP 5  
Axelay 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Brawl Brothers aka Rushing Beat Ran: Fukusei Toshi 2011 JP/NA/EU 5  
Bahamut Lagoon 2009 JP 5  
Bishōjo Janshi Suchie-Pai 2010 JP 5  
Breath of Fire II 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Chrono Trigger 2011 NA 5  
Clock Tower 2010 JP 5  
The Combatribes 2009 NA 5  
Contra III: The Alien Wars aka Super Probotector: Alien Rebels aka Contra Spirits 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Cosmo Gang the Puzzle 2008 JP 5  
Cybernator aka Jūsō Kihei Valken 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Darius Twin 2010 JP/NA 5  
Der Langrisser 2009 JP 5  
Donkey Kong Country 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
F-Zero 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Famicom Bunko: Hajimari no Mori 2007 JP 5  
Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shōjo 2008 JP 5  
Final Fantasy II aka Final Fantasy IV 2010 JP/NA/EU 5  
Final Fantasy III aka Final Fantasy VI 2011 JP/NA/EU 5  
Final Fantasy V 2011 JP 5  
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest aka Mystic Quest Legend aka Final Fantasy USA: Mystic Quest 2010 JP/NA/EU 5  
Final Fight 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Final Fight 2 2009 NA/EU 5  
Final Fight 3 aka Final Fight Tough 2010 JP/NA/EU 5  
Fire Emblem: Monshō no Nazo 2006 JP 5  
Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu 2007 JP 5  
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 2008 JP 5  
Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard 2008 JP 5  
Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Fūrai no Shiren 2007 JP 5  
Gakkou Deatta Kowai Hanashi 2008 JP 5  
Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shogun Magginesu 2008 JP 5  
Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame 2009 JP 5  
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf aka Super Aoki Ōkami to Shiroki Mejika: Genchou Hishi 2009 JP/NA 5  
Ghoul Patrol 2010 NA/EU/AU 5  
Gradius III 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Gōketsuji Ichizoku 2011 JP 5  
Heisei Shin Onigashima (Kōhen) 2010 JP 5  
Heisei Shin Onigashima (Zenpen) 2010 JP 5  
Heracles no Eikō III: Kamigami no Chinmoku 2007 JP 5  
Heracles no Eikō IV: Kamigami-kara no Okurimono 2008 JP 5  
Harvest Moon 2008 NA/EU 5  
The Ignition Factor aka Fire Fighting 2011 JP/NA/EU 5  
Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures 2009 NA/EU 5  
Kai: Tsukikomori 2012 JP 5  
Kamaitachi no Yoru 2012 JP 5  
Kirby's Avalanche aka Kirby's Ghost Trap 2007 NA/EU 5  
Kirby's Dream Course aka Kirby Bowl 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Kirby's Dream Land 3 aka Hoshi no Kirby 3 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu 2010 JP 5  
Kirby Super Star aka Kirby's Fun Pak aka Hoshi no Kirby Super Deluxe 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Kunio-kun no Dodgeball da yo Zenin Shūgō! 2012 JP 5  
Kyūyaku Megami Tensei: Megami Tensei I・II 2012 JP 5  
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja aka Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past aka Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Magical Drop 2007 JP 5  
Majin Tensei 2011 JP 5  
Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis 2011 JP 5  
Mario's Super Picross aka Mario no Super Picross 2006 JP/EU 5  
Mega Man X aka Rockman X 2011 JP/NA 5  
Mega Man X2 aka Rockman X2 2011 JP/NA 5  
Metal Marines aka Militia 2007 JP/NA 5  
Metal Max 2 2010 JP 5  
Metal Max Returns 2011 JP 5  
Natsume Championship Wrestling 2011 NA/EU 5  
Nobunaga's Ambition aka Super Nobunaga no Yabou: Zengoku Han 2009 JP/NA 5  
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen aka Densetsu no Ogre Battle 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Otogirisō 2007 JP 5  
Pac-Attack 2008 NA/EU 5  
Panel de Pon 2007 JP/KO 5  
Pilotwings 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Prince of Persia 2012 JP/NA 5  
R-Type III: The Third Lightning 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Rival Turf! aka Rushing Beat 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Romancing SaGa 2009 JP 5  
Romancing SaGa 2 2010 JP 5  
Romancing SaGa 3 2010 JP 5  
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire aka Sangokushi IV 2007 JP/NA 5  
Rudra no Hihō 2011 JP 5  
Secret of Mana aka Seiken Densetsu 2 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
Shin Megami Tensei 2007 JP 5  
Shin Megami Tensei if... 2011 JP 5  
Shin Megami Tensei II 2010 JP 5  
SimCity 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Space Invaders: The Original Game 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
Street Fighter Alpha 2 2009 NA/EU 5  
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Adventure Island aka Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima 2011 NA/EU 5  
Super Adventure Island II aka Takahashi Meijin no Daibōken Jima II 2011 NA/EU 5  
Super Castlevania IV aka Akumajō Dracula 2006 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Bonk aka Chō Genjin 2006 NA/EU 5  
Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force 2011 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Famicom Wars 2010 JP 5  
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts aka Chou Makaimura 2006 NA/EU 5  
Super Gussun Oyoyo 2008 JP 5  
Super Mario Kart 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 2008 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Mario World 2006 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Super Metroid 2007 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Super Punch-Out‼ 2009 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super R-Type 2008 JP/NA/EU/KO 5  
Super Star Wars 2009 NA/EU 5  
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2009 NA/EU 5  
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 2009 NA/EU 5  
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers 2007 JP/NA/EU 5  
Super Turrican 2008 NA/EU 5  
Super Turrican 2 2008 NA 5  
Super Wagan Land 2009 JP 5  
Sutte Hakkun 2010 JP 5  
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together 2009 JP 5  
Taiko Risshiden 2009 JP 5  
Treasure Hunter G 2007 JP 5  
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons aka Daikōkai Jidai II 2009 JP/NA 5  
Vegas Stakes 2007 NA/EU 5  
Wild Guns 2010 NA/EU 5  
Zombies Ate My Neighbors aka Zombies 2009 NA/EU 5  

See also