The Super Nintendo Entertainment System  - Model #SNES-001

Variation 1

On the Inside: The SNES audio processing unit is a separate unit in this model, which actually plugs into the motherboard via a slot connection. On the outside: It has 4 rubber feet, with 1 at each adjacent corner. It also has the EXT slot on the bottom of the console, which was used in Japan for attaching a modem. The FCC ID info is printed on sticker (SNS-USA) on the bottom of the console. The shell is boxy with 2 purple sliding switches, for power and reset, with a bright red power indicating led on the left front facing. The eject button has “EJECT” printed on it in white letters. The console dimensions are roughly 9.5 x 8 x 3.

In 1991, the SNES hit the shores of North America. Despite SEGA’s hold on the market, having had a substantial
head-start, the SNES went on to become the best-selling console of the "History of video game consoles (fourth generation)" 16-bit era with over 49 million units being sold (remember that figure the next time an eBayer advertises it as RARE). Honestly, I initially got sucked into this system for the opportunity to play Street Fighter II, but exclusive releases like Super Mario World, Zelda, and a long list of RPG’s is where I ultimately found my gaming salvation.

On the inside: this revision has the APU (SOUND CHIP) built onto the main board, either having 1 or 2 APU chips, with the elimination of the separate audio circuit found in the release model. On the outside: it has 2 rubber feet towards the front of the console & 2 plastic feet at the rear. The FCC ID info on this model is molded into case (SNS-USA/CAN-2). It still has the EXT slot on the bottom of the console. The Eject button has “EJECT” molded into the plastic. The shell is virtually unchanged, but the inside has some minor adjustments due to motherboard circuit variations.


This is the smaller version, sometimes referred to as either the SNES-mini or the SNES 2. The shell has been slimmed down to 7.25 x 7.25 x 3 and still exhibits a squared top-view, but from the side it bears a slight arc to suggest an aerodynamic nature (not that I’m planning on throwing it against the wall or anything). It would also seem that this version does not have the plastic discoloration issues of its predecessors. This revision has 2 rubber feet towards the front of the console & 2 plastic feet at the rear. The FCC ID info is molded into case (SNN-USA/CAN). The Eject button, or lever, has been eliminated. The RF input and channel selector were removed from this unit, as well as the ability to output s-video or RGB. The EXT slot on the bottom of the console has also been removed.