How to Buy a Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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How to Buy a Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or SNES is one of the most iconic pieces of technology from the 20th century. It was a market leader in the 16-bit console war against the Sega Mega Drive and was a massive part of 1990's culture with classic titles such as Super Mario Brothers and Star Fox.

The SNES has been rated the best gaming console of all time in a large number of independent polls and with good reason. The console took the market by storm when it was released and are still highly sought after. There is a fantastic range of SNES consoles and games available to buy and bid on in the Electronics section on eBay.

History of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The SNES was Nintendo's second home gaming console after the NES. The console was the first to have advanced graphics and audio in comparison to competitors at the time. Nintendo's ability to improve the console over the years by incorporating enhanced chips into the consoles kept it fresh and helped meet demand. One of these chips allowed for 3D games to be played for the first time. Titles such as Star Fox and Doom were some of the titles which skyrocketed because of this.

The SNES was a global success and easily outsold the Sega Mega Drive in the 16-bit era despite entering the marker later. The SNES is still immensely popular among retro gamers and are highly sought after in the Electronics section on eBay.

SNES Features and Accessories

The SNES was the best console in the 16-bit on the market because of its superior graphics cards, sound and range of games. Some of the SNES's most impressive features are:




Central Processing Unit (CPU)


The main brain of the console

Work RAM for CPU

128 kb

The memory of the console

Picture Processing Unit (PPU)


Graphics generator

Video RAM for PPU

64 kb

Temporary storage for the graphics

Maximum Colors on One Screen


Clarity of colour

Total # of Colors Available - 32,768


Clarity of colour

Maximum Screen Resolution

512 pixels X 448 pixels

Effects the size of the TV screen the console can be used on

Audio Processing Unit (APU)


Main sound processor

Pulse Code Modulator (PCM) - 16-bit (converts digital information from the game pak into sound)


Converts information from add ons into sound

Number of Sound Channels


Clarity of sound

Clock Speed

3.58, 2.68, and 1.79 Mhz

Quickness of gameplay



CPU Memory

Power Source

AC Adaptor

Source of powering the console

Top Selling Super Nintendo Entertainment System Titles

With the SNES being the most popular consoles of all time, there is an abundance of fantastic games to play and collect. The table below shows the bestselling games in terms of worldwide sales:


Worldwide Sales

Super Mario World

20.60 million

Donkey Kong Country

9 million

Super Mario Kart

8 million

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

6.3 million

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

4.61 million

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

4.37 million

Street Fighter II Turbo

4.1 million

Star Fox

4 million

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

4 million

These games were amazingly popular during the 1990's and if you search well enough, it should be easy to find these top titles along with thousands more.

How to a Super Nintendo Entertainment System on eBay

Find a brilliant range of Super Nintendo Entertainment Systems on eBay by clicking on the All Categories button on the eBay homepage. Then click on the Electronics section to start searching for the consoles by clicking on the filters on the left hand side. From here, the selection of SNES consoles can be further narrowed by type, brand, condition, or price range.

The consoles and games discussed in this guide can be bought in the following ways:

  • Bidding - Just like you would buy items in a real life auction, bid for SNES consoles with your highest offer for that product. You can increase your offers at any time until the item listing has finished. The bidder with the best offer will then be the owner of the console or game after they have gone through the payment processes.
  • Buy it Now'- Find the SNES console you want and buy it at a ‘Buy it Now' price. Searches can be filtered by auction and ‘Buy it Now' posts in the search results page on the left hand side of the page.

Look out for the latest deals on SNES consoles and SNES games by checking in the ‘Electronics' section where some fantastic discounts are to be found, along with free postage costs.


The SNES console is one of the most highly regarded gaming consoles ever produced and are still in high demand. When looking for a SNES console, be sure to read the item listings thoroughly and make sure it is compatible with your television.

SNES consoles can be well used and may be in varying conditions in relation to quality, so be sure to check this and ask the seller of the item any questions that are unanswered in the item descriptions. All of the consoles and fantastic games are available in the Electronics section on eBay.

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