When it comes down to retro based consoles of the 90’s the SNES was one of the most popular game systems of that decade. Since its release back in 1990 the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had managed to sell over 49 million units worldwide having more success than its 16 but competitor the Sega Genesis following its release. However, there are some who wonder whether or not backwards compatibility with NES game could have made the Super NES more popular than it was back in the early 90’s. While the SNES began to skyrocket in popularity in the early 90’s Nintendo was still making games for the NES during that time period including Ducktales, Darkwing Duck along with Mega Man 4-6.
While its questionable why none of those games were ever ported for the SNES between ’90-’95 developing a model of the 16-bit game system that was backwards compatible with NES titles similar to the Retron 5 would have been wise during that time period. However, by the time we got ’94 Sony had already released the PS1 and 8-bit gaming was starting to become obsolete during that time period. While backwards compatibility with NES games could have added to the appeal of the SNES it was well known that the 8-bit console was still available in retail throughout the 90’s and was not discontinued until the early 00’s. While having backwards compatibility on the SNES would have been interesting and even ahead of its time in the early 90’s there was really no point on having that feature on the 16-bit console.