What Is The Best Video Game System?

Written by Kevin Scripter

Certainlyrepparttar Playstation One has had a number of game hits and sold millions of units with tough competition from both Sega (Dreamcast) and Nintendo (N64), but no game system has enjoyed more exclusive game titles and more old-school gameplay thanrepparttar 116227 Super Nintendo.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) did not dominaterepparttar 116228 hardware sales charts (selling over 49 million units) like Nintendo was able to accomplish withrepparttar 116229 original NES console (over 60 million units sold) due to increased competition fromrepparttar 116230 Sega Genesis, butrepparttar 116231 sheer number of quality games forrepparttar 116232 SNES was outstanding for a system that contained over 700 games in its game library.

Now these cool, killer games that I am talking about do not include such titles as Madden Football or Mortal Kombat games that every game system possessed. I am talking aboutrepparttar 116233 games that were exclusive torepparttar 116234 SNES.

While Sega was raving about "blast processing,"repparttar 116235 SNES introduced a new term to gamers - Mode 7. Mode 7 arerepparttar 116236 effects used by game developers such as sprite scaling and rotating of objects never before seen on a console before its time. Game publisher Konami was big on including Mode 7 effects in many of their key titles like Super Castlevania IV, Axelay and Contra III. Mode 7 effects are common on today's generation of game systems, but they were revolutionary onrepparttar 116237 Super Nintendo.

The following is a list of those rare games that are true SNES classics today (some have even been remade forrepparttar 116238 Game Boy Advance, or inrepparttar 116239 case forrepparttar 116240 Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy games, have been re-released onrepparttar 116241 Playstation One console): Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts Super Castlevania IV F-Zero Super Mario Kart Super Mario World Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario Bros. All-Stars Edition Final Fantasy II Final Fantasy III Contra III: The Alien Wars Super Metroid Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past Chrono Trigger Super Mario RPG Star Fox Space MegaForce ActRaiser ActRaiser 2 Axelay Donkey Kong Country Trilogy

Many key franchises for Nintendo started onrepparttar 116242 SNES like F-Zero and Mario Kart. Yet there are a few franchises such as ActRaiser, Axelay and Space MegaForce that have exclusively been released forrepparttar 116243 SNES. Surerepparttar 116244 Sega Genesis had some versions ofrepparttar 116245 aforementioned games, but they were not ofrepparttar 116246 quality ofrepparttar 116247 SNES games. For example, Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts featured better graphics and Mode 7 effects like scaling.

In Electronic Gaming Monthly's Top 100 Video Games Of All Time list in its January 2002 issue, there are nine Super Nintendo games inrepparttar 116248 top 25, more than any other game system (not including games available on multiple game systems like Tetris).

If you ever owned a SNES back inrepparttar 116249 day, you understand how you could play for hours with quality games like Chrono Trigger, The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Mario World and Final Fantasy III.

The SNES introduced gamers to many cool programming techniques like rotating levels and transparent, scaling bosses as seen in Super Castlevania IV and Contra III: The Alien Wars orrepparttar 116250 cartridges' ability to play orchestrated soundtracks to setrepparttar 116251 mood in games like ActRaiser (arguablyrepparttar 116252 best cartridge soundtrack ever) or Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts.

Victorian Ceramic Fairings

Written by Andy Graham

If you visitedrepparttar fair duringrepparttar 116226 mid 19th century untilrepparttar 116227 early 20th century you would have probably come homerepparttar 116228 proud owner of a little ceramic figure now referred to as a 'Victorian Fairing'. They were originally given away torepparttar 116229 working classes as prizes at fair and were mostly about 3.5" long and about 2.5" deep and 3" tall, mounted on a rectangular base. They were normally made from white, glazed, soft-paste porcelain and were intended for display on mantelpieces. The typical subject matter for a Victorian Fairings cover risqué humour to politics; for example marital scenes such as 'married for money', 'Shall we sleep first, or ....'. Victorian Fairings were manufactured fromrepparttar 116230 middle ofrepparttar 116231 19th century torepparttar 116232 outbreak ofrepparttar 116233 first world war.

‘The last to put outrepparttar 116234 light’ is a common example that you will have no trouble finding. Numerous examples of this figure exist, differences appear inrepparttar 116235 figure, colours, tablecloth, candle holder, andrepparttar 116236 arms or legs maybe positioned slightly differently. You will typically findrepparttar 116237 candle broken off as this was done for good luck.

Fairings can be grouped into a number of key themes, marriage with examples such as ‘Married for money’, ‘Three o’clock inrepparttar 116238 morning’, ‘When a man’s married his troubles begin’ and ‘Twelve months after marriage’. I doubt its necessary to explain all of these captions asrepparttar 116239 sentiment is still applicable today, but I do like ‘Returning at one o’clock inrepparttar 116240 morning’ as it shows a man tripping over a chamber pot inrepparttar 116241 middle ofrepparttar 116242 night clearly inebriated and being chastised by his wife, a situation I’ve never found myself in!

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