I don’t want to forget Super Punch Out, so I am writing this down. I remember getting this game my senior year of high school, from Toys”R”Us in San Francisco. It was the one in that little mall thing on Brannan Street. In my mind there is a glimpse of the box, and a sunny day. That’s all I remember.
Senior year of high school seemed to be a good time for SNES games. I also remember getting Star Trek Starfleet Academy from the game store in Stonestown, I think after school, near the end of the school year. It was so cool putting the game in the SNES and flying starships. I probably haven’t played the game once since then.
Back to Super Punch Out though. Later, after I played it for a while, I copied it with my game copier and then either traded it in at Electronics Boutique or Software ETC or some other store, or I sold it on the internet via Usenet. If I dig through the old files from the 486, I might be able to find a post or list. It’s crazy how we used to just exchange personal contact information so easily on the internet, even sending checks or cash in the mail. Those were innocent times.
Well, I dug around my files but couldn’t find anything that might definitively explain what happened to the game. This is the first time in over 3 months that I’ve posted something here, and the first time in who knows how long that I’ve actually written something. I may or may not explain the hiatus, but for now it’s good to be back. See you later.
The last item from the Game Boy box for tonight is this user’s manual for a 3rd party SNES mouse from Champ. As I’ve mentioned before, I had a game copier in the 90s which meant I had a copy of Mario Paint, but no mouse. I saw one of these at Electronics Boutique or Software Etc. and picked it up. The mouse came with a mousepad that I used with my PC for a very long time. As for the game itself, I did end up making a few creations in Mario Paint, some of which I recorded on tape. Maybe one day I’ll post them here.
Googling the mouse now, it seems that it was rather obscure. “SNES Champ mouse” reveals no immediate results, though “SNES third party mouse” does show a single photo from a Nintendo forum. Considering it’s rarity, it might have fetched a nice price on eBay, but sadly I tossed it in the trash back in 2012 (during the moving phase).
That’s all for now. I’ll see if I can find a photo of the actual mouse also. Enjoy!
Continuing from the previous post, we have another item that came with my original Super Nintendo, the ultra boring Consumer Information and Precautions Booklet. Like the Nintendo Power brochure, this was also found in the Game Boy box. Code is SNS-USA/CAN-1. Something I forgot to mention in the previous post is that both of these items are printed in Japan, which makes them pre-globalization relics, perfect for the museum.
Found a few more old gaming things stashed away, so putting them in the museum. This first one is another Nintendo Power brochure, GP-SNS-USA-1, most likely included with my Super Nintendo. From the blue shoulder bag I found a receipt for when my mother originally purchased the system on October 4, 1992, so this brochure must be from that period.
The strange thing is that I already scanned another Nintendo brochure with the code GP-SNS-USA-1. How did Nintendo classify their posters? Maybe this code only applies to brochures that features the term “Super Power”.
Lastly, I found this brochure inside my old Game Boy box along with some other miscellaneous things that I stuffed in there. Due to its location in the pile, I do not believe it came with the Game Boy.
Here’s another promo for Nintendo Power, likely from 1991 based on the Mega Man issue shown inside. Based on the “State of the Art” copy on the cover, this brochure probably came with my Super Nintendo.
Looking at these brochures now, it’s kind of cool that you also get a gift with your subscription. This brochure offers a player’s guide for all the Mario games, while the brochure in the previous post offered a guide on current Super NES games. These guides were of good quality, too (still have my Mario Paint guide somewhere). Sadly, at the time I never considered subscribing to Nintendo Power. As far as I was concerned, I only ventured to the dark side so I could play Street Fighter II.
A Nintendo Power mini brochure from early 1992 or late 1991 (since the issue appearing on this card is from September 1991). There were two of these in the blue bag, most likely saved from games I bought back then.
This last museum post of the day is a brochure/poster for the Capcom Craze Club and a listing of Capcom games available for Nintendo systems in 1992. From the goofiness of the fanny pack to the cheesiness of the kids striking poses, I would guess that Nintendo got their child-friendly tentacles deep into Capcom USA’s marketing department. Now that I think about it, perhaps this is the reason that Capcom chose to use such ugly art for the American release of Street Fighter II.
I don’t recall buying any Capcom games other than Street Fighter II, which means that this brochure probably came with that game. The code CAP-SNS-US seems to suggest this as well. Another interesting tidbit is that the poster was printed in Japan. Back then, games were still being manufactured in Japan so it makes sense from a logistics standpoint that the printed matter would be made in the same location as the cartridge. Looking at my PS3 and PS4 games now, I see that they are “manufactured and printed” in the USA.
As always, I hope you enjoy this final (and goofy!) museum post of the day.
This post originally completed on May 22, 2017 at 7:24 PM
These posters are stragglers from the magazines I’ve scanned and disposed of. I don’t particularly care for them, but since they are also a part of video game history, I’m putting them here for the record.
First, a Sega Genesis X-Men poster from April 1993’s issue of EGM:
Also for the record, I’d like to point out that the red “Dracula” text on the cover of this issue was a shiny foil material that the scanner couldn’t capture.
Next, a Sunsoft Looney Tunes poster from the December 1993 issue of EGM:
And lastly, an Illusion of Gaia promotional flyer and coupon from the October 1994 issue of Video Games (I remember this issue arriving in a plastic bag, with this flyer alongside):
It’s been a few months and the magazine-scan finish line is finally within reach, all these magazines that I’ve kept all these years, gone from my bookshelf and converted to PDF. Next up will be the difficult task of figuring out what to do with all my consoles and games. As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
As I mentioned in the last post, I’m going to switch it up for a bit, scanning posters and catalogs in addition to magazines. Here’s the first scan from a blue shoulder bag belonging to my father that I used to store video game memorabilia: a Super Nintendo poster.
This is an earlier poster (as illustrated by the poster code, GP-SNS-USA-1) featuring a number of launch titles for the SNES. On the back of the poster is a giant ad for Nintendo Power magazine. Before this post I had always thought that I received a free copy of the magazine from buying my SNES after Street Fighter II came out, but checking the magazine now it is the May 1994 issue, which means I got it way later. Perhaps it was a free sample from a game purchase?
(Exciting update: while proofreading this post, I remembered that it was a free copy from buying myGame Boy – my memory did not fail me after all!)
The blue shoulder bag contains a number of goodies, including the original envelopes (that I thought I’d lost) that the Sega Helpful Hints sheets were sent in. There are also a number of posters that I removed from my wall right before we moved out of the little San Francisco apartment that I grew up in. As you can see from this SNES poster, the holes from the staples used to hang the poster are still in it.
As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane!
I don’t even know where to begin with this game. It was the reason I wanted a Super Nintendo. I spent hours and hours on it, eventually learning how to beat the game with all 8 characters on the hardest level. I recorded its music onto cassette tapes to listen to at school. We bought arcade joysticks for our SNES. Even my sister got into it.
Before Street Fighter II came out for the Super Nintendo, the only way to play the game was at the arcade (well, unless you were rich and had a cabinet at your house). There was a corner store across the street from my house, and that’s where I would be when I wasn’t doing homework. Even if I didn’t have any money, I’d go there to watch the other kids in the neighborhood playing.
On that machine, there was a flip switch in the back, on the upper-right (when facing the machine on the front). Once the kids discovered the switch, it was game over. The local bully would flip the switch as he was about to get beat. Soon, even the lesser bullies would pull the same trick. One time, the corner store owner’s kindly wife gave me back a quarter after she witnessed this happening. If you were another adult just stopping by to buy something, you might have wondered why there were kids reaching around to the back of the machine.
Another time, on Thanksgiving, I was supposed to bring a couple of cans of cranberry sauce to my aunt’s house for dinner. I figured I could squeeze in a game on my way there at the corner store on 23rd and Mission. There was this other kid there with a really bad attitude. He physically bumped me whenever I landed a hit or combo on him and he was talking smack the whole time. After I beat him, he waited outside the store while I finished the game and confronted me. I don’t remember what was said (actually I don’t think I ever knew since English was not the dude’s first language), but after it was said he aimed a spray bottle at me and pressed the button.
Fortunately for me, Binaca (a brand of breath spray) was something of a trend at my school at that time, and I had experience with people randomly spraying Binaca at me. I opened my mouth in an attempt to catch the spray, but it didn’t taste like a breath freshener. It tasted more medicinally, gauzy, like it came out of a first-aid kit. It was pepper spray! Wow. I caught most of it in my mouth and just a little on my face and eyes and remember some slight heat, but nothing really painful. The guy ran after that and I continued on to my aunt’s house. She made me wash my eyes and even called an ambulance (we dismissed it in the end). What a memorable Thanksgiving.
With the release of the SNES version, I could now play the game at home and avoid these unsavory experiences, but I could also practice day and night and get really good so that I could dominate at the arcade (little did I know that winning in SF2 is not just about mastering special moves and combos). My friend and I thought I was so bad-ass that I could pull off a standing sonic kick (aka flash kick) combo. He would go around telling everyone and ask me to demonstrate. I think I was able to do it once in the video above, against Sagat. Time has not been kind to my SF2 skills.
Speaking of which, time has not been kind to the SNES version of SF2, either. While recording it, some differences that I had always known about but glossed over really made themselves known to me now. First is the animation, of course, which is slightly choppy compared to the real thing. Some animations are totally missing, like Guile’s flip when he jumps. The announcer is missing a bunch of voices. The character voices change pitch when doing special moves. Instead of desperation music, the regular music just plays faster. The controls don’t feel as smooth. As a result of noticing these issues, I found myself wanting to finish the recording as soon as possible. Hard to believe that this was the game I spent so many hours on as a kid, but that’s only because I’ve played so many other closer-to-the-arcade versions since. We can’t forget that it was a major feat to get this game on the SNES back then.
I’ll always cherish these memories and be grateful that the game actually came out for a console at all. As always, hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane!