Nintendo has been struggling for a long time, failing to touch the same levels of success it once had with NES and SNES consoles. The company’s Wii U failed miserably while Nintendo Switch isn’t blazing the trails as well. However, it is doing comparatively well for itself.
Nintendo has decades of experience and produced numerous gaming machines but to this day we believe its classic SNES was the best one. The console decimated any and all of its competition and remained at the top of the food chain for a while, but how?
5 Reasons Why SNES is More Popular
Role-Playing at Its Best
It is safe to say that Role-Playing games made Nintendo machines what they are today but sadly the company lacks worthwhile RGP games on its recent consoles. SNES, on the other hand, was an RPG heaven. During the SNES era, this genre truly exploded thanks to the likes of Final Fantasy IV, Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Illusion of Gaia and Final Fantasy VI.
Possibly the Best Nintendo Launch Line-Up
Nintendo Switch had nothing but Zelda to offer at launch while Wii released with Twilight Princess. Even back in 1986, NES didn’t have much to offer on launch day but SNES changed everything. It was possibly the best launch line-up for a Nintendo console with games like Pilotwings and F-Zero, Super Mario World (free with the console), Gradius III, Super R-Type and SimCity among other games.
Before Sony and Nintendo became rivals, Nintendo and Sony actually joined hands to create a sound chip for SNES. It set the console apart from the competition. Working with other companies can still do wonders for Nintendo and its consoles.
NES gave birth to games like Super Mario, Zelda, Metroid but on SNES these IPs really grew into their own. However, we are not seeing any major new IPs from Nintendo that are on par with these heavyweights and the company is mostly running on Nostalgia, something that needs to change.
Third Parties Dying to Make Games for Nintendo
A huge factor in Nintendo’s struggles is the lack of third-party support. However, during the SNES days companies were at Nintendo doorsteps, begging for a chance to develop for the console. Contra, Black Horne, Street Fighter, Super Empire Strikes Back, Mega Man X, are just some of the third party heavyweights released on SNES.
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