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Welcome to VirtualSuperNES.com

VirtualSuperNES.com is the premier online destination for playing classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System games like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, LoZ: A Link to the Past, Tecmo Super Bowl, Mega Man X, and many other great SNES games, whether they be imported, homebrew, or even the elusive unreleased games.

Unlike similar websites, VirtualSuperNES.com is able to provide classic Super NES games legally. We can only provide you with classic SNES games that we have an original cartridge of, which have either been bought out of pocket or kindly donated by Players Like You™. If we don't have the games in our possession, we can't have them online.

VirtualSuperNES.com cannot be bested for the classic Nintendo titles that can be played anywhere else on the web. However, there are other internet games available to interested players such as online roulette and blackjack. You can info on some of these other game sites and read reviews of popular ones such as Spin Palace here.

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This Fantasy Isn't Nearly Final Enough

Final Fantasy II

I really don't like having to explain this type of thing, because invariably, anyone who tries to explain what happened with this series comes across as a crazy person, but I guess I'll just have to do my best, so to speak.

So, today, we've added Final Fantasy 2 to VirtualSuperNES.com. This is, actually, the fourth game in the series, because Square didn't release the second or third games outside of Japan, and the sequels have next to nothing to do with each other in terms of story, so they just changed the number and called it good.

The reason for that, however, that the translation of Final Fantasy 2 was taking too long, and the release date would have slipped several months after the SNES was on shelves. So, there's a half-translated and rather unstable prototype of Final Fantasy 2 now added to the Unreleased Games section, the real Japanese version of Final Fantasy 2, and the really nice fan-translated version of Final Fantasy 2. The Japanese Final Fantasy 1 was also added.

There's also some other interesting news at VirtualNES.com that involves a certain PlayStation game, but rather than attempt to explain all of that here, you'll just have to check it out for yourself.

EarthBound Zero, EarthBound & Some Informative Notes

EarthBound

For a series as iconic and as often requested as this, it seems fitting that it be given the extra attention of having an announcement dedicated to it. Today at VirtualSuperNES.com, we've launched EarthBound, the first game in the series to be released in the United States, which follows the completely translated yet unreleased EarthBound Zero, which has still yet to receive any official release outside of Japan.

These were held back for some time, as this series of games is notoriously difficult to test for quality assurance because of the structure of their design. As such, please feel free to contact us if something is going wrong in the middle of gameplay. (We would also suggest saving often, particularly for the first week of general availability, as if we have to patch it internally to fix some errors, your saved data will continue to work on the updated version.)

If you haven't checked, yesterday also saw the release of 35 great games at VirtualNES.com, including other favorites that had often been requested, but had not been added before now, as the old emulation technology didn't support it.

Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill – an unreleased game

Unreleased box art for "Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill"

A video game with a cat protagonist? Who wouldn't want to play that? Apparently, Nintendo back in the 90s.

Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill is an undistributed game developed by the now defunct Kaneko for the Super NES and Sega Genesis. The game is about Socks, former President Bill Clinton’s real-life pet cat, and its battles against bad guys AKA spies and corrupt politicians. Socks has a noble mission as he is dead-set on preventing a nuclear bomb from exploding.

The game’s enemy bosses were made out of the images of former presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Since Nintendo’s censorship policies during the 90s blocked games that had subliminal political messages and overt political statements, Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill had to be canned.

Perhaps the game turned Bush into a game boss because it predicted that the masses would hate him. Despite serving as U.S. president for 8 years, Betfair said that he left the White House “deeply unpopular” for leading the country to disastrous wars and being at the helm of the most recent financial crisis.

In spite of the game’s initial censorship, however, Nintendo caved in and scheduled it to be released in 1993. But for some unexplained reason, the release was delayed until 1994 and when copies of the game were finally ready to be shipped to stores, Kaneko’s U.S. branch closed down.

Before the company’s satellite office in the U.S. completely shut down, however, it’s possible that Kaneko sold copies of the game to private collectors. This is because a game play of Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill was uploaded on YouTube in 2011. The private collectors denied requests of turning the game into a ROM, probably as part of the contract they signed when acquiring the game.

While it isn't yet possible to play Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill on VirtualSuperNES.com, we do have a large collection of unreleased games available for your enjoyment.

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