Video Games-Creatively Igniting An Explosive Era
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was a very impressive
gaming platform when it was first introduced to the public and the
early 1990s. The first Nintendo Entertainment System was quite an
achievement in itself, but when the SNES came out it was really
my introduction as to how cool it came they were.
The Sega Genesis and the Turbo Grafix 16 were already on the market,
so the SNES was a day little late getting to the party and joining
other video game consoles, but it was worth the wait.
Of the third generation consoles, the SNES was gets my vote as
the number one gaming platform and I've had them all. The SNES is
the only one of the three I still sometimes play today.
One of my very favorite features about the system was the Super
Nintendo controller. The Super Nintendo controller was a breakthrough
in many ways. Not only did it have twice as many buttons on the
face as the original NES controller, the Super Nintendo also featured
in buttons on either shoulder. It's not hard to see where present-day
videogame consoles were born Its clear that the Super Nintendo controller
set the stage for the future. The style of the Super Nintendo controller
brought options and features to the SNES games that never before
would have been possible. One game in particular where it really
made the difference was Street Fighter II.
Probably one of the most popular SNES games ever produced, and
probably one of the most popular console games ever, Street Fighter
II probably wouldn't have been as good if it didn't have that awesome
controller. Every button was not only used but necessary, and the
very arrangement of the Super Nintendo controller was intregal for
playing the game. The folks at Sega didn't pick up on this right
away, and came out with their own knock off version of Super Nintendo
controller for their Genesis, but it didn't have those cool shoulder
buttons, and wasn't anywhere near as comfortable to use either.
Looking at current game controllers, there really hasn't been that
much of a change. Today they have redesigned hand grips that allow
for trigger buttons as well as shoulder buttons, but the actually
face of the controllers look very much like the original Super Nintendo
Some manufacturers, like Microsoft s Xbox controller, even have
a similar kind of color scheme to the buttons that was found on
the old SNES controller. That isn't very surprising actually.
There is nothing new about the copying superior products. The Super
Nintendo controller is definitely a superior product, and will no
doubt be type for game controllers for generations to come.
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