Gradually, over the next year or so, my resistance was worn down more and more, mainly thanks to the amazing-looking F-Zero, but also due to the many other top titles appearing on Nintendo's new machine, and most unavailable on my treasured MD. Eventually the unthinkable happened - I surreptitiously let my parents know that I was no longer opposed to potentially owning a Nintendo product. Then, a few months later, as if by magic a wondrous gift was bestowed upon me - a gleaming new SNES complete with Super Mario World, the first pack-in game the UK SNES received. I would soon find out if my disdain was warranted or not.
|That distinctive controller was revolutionary...|
Anyway, my introduction was over and I was now a fully fledged member (huh huh - member) of the Nintendo Owners Club, for better or worse, and it was down to the games to keep me there. Most would agree that the SNES certainly received some more than worthy examples over the years and I thankfully had a great selection spanning multiple genres right from the off:
Super Mario World (1991)
full review here)
Super R-Type (1992)
Exhaust Heat (1993)
full review here)
Super Smash TV (1992)
Having missed out on the NES altogether thanks to my unwavering (at the time) allegiance to Sega, the SNES and the games above comprised my first real Nintendo experience, certainly my first with the benefits of system/game ownership. Could I have asked for a better demonstration of Nintendo's splendidness? Very probably not! Despite my earlier mocking, Super Mario World was worth buying a SNES for by itself never mind some of the other games that would soon follow it. However, despite rightfully being very impressed with Nintendo's 16-bit monster initially, I never really embraced it as enthusiastically as I did my MegaDrive which continued to dominate my gaming time. Lingering prejudice, perhaps?
That said, I did end up with a collection of around 20-25 games including such all-time classics as Super Mario Kart, Super Bomberman, Super Aleste, Super Mario World 2, Super Metroid, and even a few non-Super games like Axelay and Legend of Zelda, and I enjoyed them all. The most important thing to come from my time with my SNES though, was overcoming my anti-Nintendo stance. A few years afterwards, for example, I was the proud owner of a Nintendo 64, and a GameCube after that. The moral here, I guess, is: to hell with stupid gaming rivalries and allegiances - you can miss out on some cracking games!