The Super Nintendo in 1991

Episode 50 – When the Super Nintendo launched in August of 1991, its launch lineup was solid, but small. The legendary Super Mario World was of course the pack-in game, but the only other games on the shelf that day were Pilotwings and F-Zero.

While Sega would latch on to the fact that, having released two years prior, the Genesis had a much larger library, several games were released on the Super Nintendo in 1991 that have come to be considered absolute classics on the system. Gradius III, one of the best shooters on the console, came out about a week after launch, and other noteworthy titles released that year include ActRaiser, Final Fantasy II, Super Ghouls’n Ghosts, and Super Castlevania IV.

Show Notes:

– That is veteran character actor “Mike Starr” in the SNES commercial at the beginning of the video.

– This is the longest “documentary” style episode I’ve ever made, at just over 1 hour long.

– The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was originally announced as an Autumn 1991 release, but the game was delayed until early 1992.

– Work began on this video in June of 2017, and the episode was finished 10 minutes before midnight on December 31st.

– All gameplay footage was captured using an RGB-modded Nintendo 64 upscaled through a Framemeister and recorded using an Elgato Game Capture HD.

Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (­ncompetech)