Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island on the Super NES Classic Live Stream

Time to dig into one of my all-time favourites. It’s Yoshi’s Island on the Super NES Classic!

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Mega Man X on the Super NES Classic Live Stream

Having recently re-emerged in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we go back to X’s debut in Mega Man X on the Super NES Classic!

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Super Nintendo Essays: Timeless

The Super Nintendo Essays is a series of posts detailing my history with and passion for the SNES. It had a profound effect on my life as a gamer, and I wanted to share some of my most memorable stories about it with you!


Almost 30 years after the initial launch of the Super NES, Nintendo’s 16-bit gem returns in miniature form. Coming with two controllers, 20 classic games and one brand new game in the mythical Star Fox 2, this is about as good as it gets for a package like this. Unlike the NES Classic, where the novelty of it wore quickly when you realized that many of the games on it aren’t that good any more, the SNES Classic is filled to the brim with games that stand the test of time.

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Super Nintendo Essays: Grasping at Nostalgia

The Super Nintendo Essays is a series of posts detailing my history with and passion for the SNES. It had a profound effect on my life as a gamer, and I wanted to share some of my most memorable stories about it with you!


At some point during the Nintendo 64 era, my house got robbed. All of our gaming stuff was gone. It was a very tough time for my family and I, and our overall safety was probably a bigger concern than my gaming items being taken away. When it came time to move on, my brother and I decided against re-buying our Super Nintendo things, and instead focused what little money we had on re-buying our modern Nintendo 64 stuff.

Almost a decade after first receiving it as a birthday present, my parents got me a used SNES for Christmas. Alongside of it were two controllers, Super Mario World, Street Fighter II, and Super Star Wars. In that moment, it was one of the warmest and fuzziest feelings I’d ever felt. However, it also became a factor in the darkest part of my life to-date.

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Super Nintendo Essays: Second-Hand

The Super Nintendo Essays is a series of posts detailing my history with and passion for the SNES. It had a profound effect on my life as a gamer, and I wanted to share some of my most memorable stories about it with you!


Despite my disdain for the current $80 price point for new games in Canada, it’s a bargain compared to what I was contending with in the 90s. The additional cost of cartridges, combined with the wonky Canadian dollar, made new titles cost upwards of $100 in the early-to-mid 90s. Above is a screenshot of a Toys R Us flyer that I’m presuming is from the holiday season of 1995, where Mortal Kombat 3 is priced as a new title. Assuming that, the likes of Batman Forever would actually cost $140.92 CAD today.

I would struggle to pay those kinds of prices today. In 1995, when I was an elementary school student who wasn’t even getting an allowance at that point, new games were almost entirely out of the question. Because of this, I got most of my games used and was active in trading games away.

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The Super Nintendo Essays: Playing With Super Power

The Super Nintendo Essays is a series of posts detailing my history with and passion for the SNES. It had a profound effect on my life as a gamer, and I wanted to share some of my most memorable stories about it with you!


When it comes to my history with video games, you can draw a very specific line on my birthday in 1994. The time before it was the era before I got a Super Nintendo. After that, is the era I still live in now, where owning a Super Nintendo changed my life. That era of gaming, and specifically my time with that console, transformed me into a kid who likes video games into a full-blown gaming enthusiast.

I vividly remember the moment I received that SNES from my parents and many of my gaming experiences after that. However, by that point, the console was almost two years old. What was I doing back then? And why am I struggling so hard to pull those memories of a time before the SNES out of my brain? Follow me as I ramble on in hopes of piecing together my life before owning an SNES.

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