Originally released by Nintendo between 1990 and 1993, The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (also known as Super NES, SNES or Super Famicon in Japan) was a highly popular 16-bit video game console.
The SNES was a massive global success, going on to become the best-selling console of the 16-bit era despite its quite late start and the fierce competition it faced in North America from Sega’s Genesis console. The SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit era though, and although Nintendo has since dropped all support for the console, it still continues to be very popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, and emulation enthusiasts. Even to this day there are people producing new SNES ROM images in the hombrew scene.
Early emulation projects began with the release of VSMC back in 1994, and then Super Pasofami became the first working SNES emulator in 1996. Around that time, two competing emulation projects—Snes96 and Snes97—merged to form a new project called Snes9x. In 1997, SNES enthusiasts began programming a new emulator named ZSNES. These two have remained the best-known SNES emulators, although there is continued development on others as well. In 2003, both the Snes9x and ZSNES teams and others began to push for exact emulation this movement is now led by the development of bSNES.