Much like the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) introduced a generation of people to video games. First released in Japan in 1990, it was later launched in North America in 1991 and Europe in 1992.
The SNES was a fourth generation home console with 16-bit microprocessor capabilities, pushing the envelope that much closer to arcade gameplay, the benchmark of gaming at the time. By the time of the SNES release, the Nintendo vs Sega console war was heating up as the 16-bit Sega Megadrive/Genesis had been launched in the late 80s, and endless discussions ensued among kids at school about which console was better.
The SNES brought the gaming world numerous iconic games including Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Star Fox/Starwing.