Happy 20th Super Famicom and thanks for the memories
For those oblivious to the name, Super Famicom is the Japanese equivalent to Super Nintendo Entertainment System, sort of. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was actually launched for the North American continent a few months after Super Famicom was hitting the top of the charts like MJ’s Beat It on speed. Not many may known this, and truth be told neither did I, but Corbie Dillard of retro.Nintendolife.com says, the Super Famicom system was actually still being manufactured even in the year 2000, and yesterday marked its 20th anniversary. It was so popular at the time in Japan that it seems people like Corbie even ventured into the unknown to try and import the console system from the Far East.
Another weird point Corbie mention is that the flap Nintendo put over the cartridge space was simply because the company was worried American’s would potentially spill their drinks into the machine and that would be it. So the American version wasn’t exactly like its Japanese brother. They even changed the keys from the multicolored ones to the two shades of purple we’ve come to know because the Japanese though the Americans would not take gaming seriously and would consider this to be just another toy. Boy were they wrong. So twenty years down the line, hundreds of games and thousands of happy gamers later, Nintendo Super Famicom, we’d just like to say thanks for the hours and hours of entertainment.