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    Default Official SNES launch date in US is......8/21/91

    I've been trying to search around on the internet to get the exact launch date of the SNES in the U.S. Some sites say August 1991, some say September 1991, I know for a fact that I got mine on a Sunday in late August 1991. I had preordered my SNES from a place called "The Good Guys!" and I was calling them everyday in late August trying to find out which day they were going to get theirs. Then one Sunday, they had it, and said to come in and pick it up. It's possible they sold it to me a few days before the system was actually supposed to release. I remember when I picked it up. None of the individual games had been released, I could only play the pack in game Super Mario World. I think the following Tuesday, F-Zero, Pilotwings and SimCity all came out.




    I have a box of old papers and stuff from back in that time period, and I should search through that box and see if I can find my old receipt and see what actual date was on it. I know it was very late August and I know it was a Sunday, but I'm guessing that wasn't the official launch date. Of course, it's very possible that the SNES didn't really have a "official" launch date, and that different days in late August retailers started receiving them and just started selling them once they got them. I'm not really sure, but if anybody knows the facts for sure, please let us know, I'm very curious to this.

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    I looked on Wikipedia, and it says August 13, 1991 as the U.S. launch date.

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    I still have the sticker on my SNES the day I go it: Aug 25th 1991. No other store had them at all, so i have firmly believed that this date indeed the release date...and it was a Sunday actually too. The 13th doesnt sound right. I got mine from Toys R' Us and, at least back then, they wouldnt be 2 weeks behind on a new system they had posters plastered for everywhere.

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    I got mine for my 5th birthday. August 14, 1991.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrome
    I got mine for my 5th birthday. August 14, 1991.

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    sorry to burst your bubble, but the SNES launched in late August. That August 13th date on some sites is very wrong

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    afaik it was august 23rd 1991....i read that on a mag...(dont remember which one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony1
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrome
    I got mine for my 5th birthday. August 14, 1991.

    Later,
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    sorry to burst your bubble, but the SNES launched in late August. That August 13th date on some sites is very wrong
    Why did you make this topic if you aren't going to fairly consider the responses you get?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vectorman0
    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony1
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrome
    I got mine for my 5th birthday. August 14, 1991.

    Later,
    Chrome...
    sorry to burst your bubble, but the SNES launched in late August. That August 13th date on some sites is very wrong
    Why did you make this topic if you aren't going to fairly consider the responses you get?





    Ok, maybe that post was kinda harsh, but I definitely know that the SNES was first available publicly in the United States in late August. It was not available publicly in the U.S. in early or mid August. It was definitely late August. Now, having said that, I'm not absolutely certain, that the official launch date was late August. I'm just saying that it first became available to the general public at large in late August. I've seen the 8-13-91 date mentioned before, and I'm guessing that it's an incorrect date that has just been picked up by numerous websites. Either that, or that is the date that SNES systems were made available to the U.S. press to possibly review ahead of the actual launch. It's entirely possible that the offical date was actually one of the first days in September, but SNES systems started arriving in stores in late August, and a number of stores started selling them prior to the official date, and Nintendo didn't enforce it in a major way.


    I experienced the launch in Sacramento, CA, and while that time was going on, I was constantly checking with the local Toys R Us and EB and Software ETC. and all the various places that would have carried it back then. I was checking in daily with all of them. Not a single one of them received a SNES prior to that Sunday in late August, so either Sacramento was an anomally or the SNES first appeared for retail sale in the U.S. in late August. I'm just trying to confirm this, and confirm the exact date if possible.

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    A Nintendo press/media person would probably be the best person to set this straight, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by poloplayr
    A Nintendo press/media person would probably be the best person to set this straight, no?
    no they don't tend to know about not current generation stuff but, they have some kind of a hotline that you can talk to and that would be best. I read here someone called it once and the person there checked the computer to see what all the Players choice n64 games were and they got a call back with the complete list.

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    It's possible the the August 13th date accurately describes some sort of limited launch, and its exact date of availability depends on your location. I think the first time something launched simultaneously the same day across all of North America was Sega CD. I know that Genesis, for example, first launched in just New York, LA, and SF, and other areas had to wait up to 2-3 weeks.
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    I'm sure the early Nintendo Power's tell all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_factor
    It's possible the the August 13th date accurately describes some sort of limited launch, and its exact date of availability depends on your location. I think the first time something launched simultaneously the same day across all of North America was Sega CD. I know that Genesis, for example, first launched in just New York, LA, and SF, and other areas had to wait up to 2-3 weeks.

    There is no way in hell the SNES was launched on August 13th. That date is wrong PERIOD. It's very unfortunate, that Wikipedia seems to have that as a launch date, because all kinds of other websites are just picking that date up and running with it, and it's totally inaccurate. We are talking about possibly the best system ever in existence, pound for pound. In terms of the era it was released in, the fact it came out in Japan in 1990 and USA in 1991, that system was pound for pound, one of the best pieces of kit, that has ever been released...mate. Ya heard? We should know the fucking date the machine came out, and there shouldn't be this totally incorrect date floating around out there.


    I checked a calendar of August 1991, and the last Sunday in August was August 25th. I'm about 99 percent certain that I picked my SNES up the day it was released, on the final Sunday in August. No other store anywhere near Sacramento had it before the final Sunday in August. The final Sunday in August was August 25th. I'm not 100 percent positive the launch date was officially August 25th, 1991, but I know damn well it wasn't anywhere near August 13th or 14th or anything like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony1
    Quote Originally Posted by j_factor
    It's possible the the August 13th date accurately describes some sort of limited launch, and its exact date of availability depends on your location. I think the first time something launched simultaneously the same day across all of North America was Sega CD. I know that Genesis, for example, first launched in just New York, LA, and SF, and other areas had to wait up to 2-3 weeks.

    There is no way in hell the SNES was launched on August 13th. That date is wrong PERIOD. It's very unfortunate, that Wikipedia seems to have that as a launch date, because all kinds of other websites are just picking that date up and running with it, and it's totally inaccurate. We are talking about possibly the best system ever in existence, pound for pound. In terms of the era it was released in, the fact it came out in Japan in 1990 and USA in 1991, that system was pound for pound, one of the best pieces of kit, that has ever been released...mate. Ya heard? We should know the fucking date the machine came out, and there shouldn't be this totally incorrect date floating around out there.


    I checked a calendar of August 1991, and the last Sunday in August was August 25th. I'm about 99 percent certain that I picked my SNES up the day it was released, on the final Sunday in August. No other store anywhere near Sacramento had it before the final Sunday in August. The final Sunday in August was August 25th. I'm not 100 percent positive the launch date was officially August 25th, 1991, but I know damn well it wasn't anywhere near August 13th or 14th or anything like that.
    Let's see... we've got various reputable internet references that say August 13th, a member who remembers buying it around this time, and a logical reason for the discrepancy between your date and this date, versus your weird opinion that is not backed up at all. I admit that it might turn out that you're right, but I'm in the camp of the "What the hell'd you ask the question for if you don't want to know the answer?" people.
    Feedback thread here

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    A good question to ask would be where did you buy it?

    I gotta go with Sirhansirhan on this one, and another vote of confidence in the "depends where you're at" system.

    ...Maybe this is Anthony's revenge for all the hating on his posts?

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    Well, if it truly was released in limited quantities on the 13th to certain areas, then Im pretty sure NYC would have been included, as that is where I bought mine and saw it nowhere before the 25th. As I stated earlier, my box still has the official yellow sticker on it with the date I purhased it and that is 8/25/91.

    I do understand where Anthony1 is coming from. Sometimes its hard when you dont know the exact answer to something, but DO know the wrong answer to it. There are some video game related info-bits that get tossed all over the internet and are completely wrong and really get me annoyed, one example being Snatcher. How many times do I correct people about the damn "uncensored code makes some chick naked and theres more blood" being false?!?! In this case, i KNOW i'm 100% right, but youd be surprised how many people refuse to accept it for some reason because a half-ass site somewhere tells them the opposite.

    It just all comes down to finally wanting to know a full, 100% correct answer to something and being sick of hearing misinformation being repeated from an inaccurate source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiquidPolicenaut
    Sometimes its hard when you dont know the exact answer to something, but DO know the wrong answer to it.
    It's definitely hard to discover the truth when you're dead set against accepting any possibilities you have disqualified for vague, uncertain reasons!

    Looking forward to more revelations here, anyway...there's been some interesting comments so far.

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    You'd think Nintendo themselves would have the answer, but there's no information in the system page for the SNES, and all the launch games are listed as August 1st. Very helpful, not.

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    I tried...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo
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    Hi,

    The Super NES was officially launched in North America in August of 1991.You'll find this, and a lot of other interesting information in our "Company History" in the Corporate Info section on our web site.

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    I always thought SNES launched on 9/9/91. I wonder where I got that from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCM
    I always thought SNES launched on 9/9/91. I wonder where I got that from.
    Maybe you're confusing it with the Dreamcast's American launch date of 9/9/99.
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    Quote Originally Posted by testament89
    Quote Originally Posted by RCM
    I always thought SNES launched on 9/9/91. I wonder where I got that from.
    Maybe you're confusing it with the Dreamcast's American launch date of 9/9/99.
    Na, I know PS and DC launched on 9/9 (95 and 99). I can't remember where I saw that the SNES launch was 9/9/91. Damn it!
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    I vaguely remember being the very first person to rent an SNES from the local rental shop on August 11th. Take that as you will, but it was one of the greatest days of my life and I'll never forget it.

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    It does sound like the release date is August 13th 1991

    So I still think Anthony1 is wrong about it being the 25th

    at least that's what it's seeming like

    I asked on Nintendo's forums and well they may not be that realiable, it's the date I got from several places.


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    Ok, here is the deal.

    I know that I'm kinda coming off as an asshole in this post, a stuburn asshole that is asking a question, yet refusing to believe anybodies answer to said question. But if you were me, and remember the SNES launch like I do, then this whole thread would be so freaking frustrating, because so much bad information is flowing, and being accepted as fact. Just because something appears in print on a website, doesn't mean it's true.

    Now, having said all of that, I'm a rational person, I'm a logical person, I can deal with reason. So I'm willing to accept the fact that I could possibly be wrong. BUT..... BUT.....BUT...... if I am wrong, then it would require something else to be true.


    Here is what I actually know to be fact: The Super Nintendo wasn't released in Sacramento, California, at any of the typical retailers till very late August 1991. I know this as fact because I was calling every major retailer in the greater Sacramento area on a daily basis in the weeks and days leading up till August 25th. I had my SNES pre-ordered at a electronics place called, "The Good Guys!". I had put $50 down to reserve the system. However, had Electronics Boutique or Software ETC or anybody else gotten the SNES even a day earlier, I would have bought it there, and later gotten my $50 back from Good Guys.

    On Saturday, August 24th, I had checked with all the major retailers, and if any of them had SNES systems in stock, they had yet to put them up as available for sale. They all said they hadn't received them yet. Then Sunday morning, I called Good Guys when they opened, and they said that they had just gotten them. So I went straight there and picked the thing up. Again, this was Sunday, August 25th, 1991.


    Now, one thing that I also know to be fact, is that there isn't any chance in hell that the SNES was available anywhere in Sacramento prior to at the very least August 20th, and personally, as much as I checked, I can pretty much guarantee August 25th. But just to be on the cautious side, I'll say August 20th. I called tons and tons of places everyday, checking in on it, but you never ever know, but one thing I do know is that the SNES was nowhere near Sacramento, California prior to at the very LEAST August 20th 1991.


    Ok, so we have come to the conclusion that the SNES didn't launch in Sacramento, California till late August. Somewhere on or after the 20th of August, and most likely on the exact day of Sunday, August 25th, 1991. This is actual FACT. I can remember that week like the back of my hand. Now, does this mean that it's impossible that somehow the SNES was delayed to the Sacramento market? No it doesn't. Anything is possible. Having said that, please understand that Sacramento is the 25th largest market in the U.S., and we have all the major retailers. We are in the State of California, and we are like the 4th largest city. If it was available in California anywhere near the 13th or 14th or anything like that, it would be very, very unlikely that we wouldn't get our hands on it till the 25th. That's just not logical. I know some systems were released in limited markets, like the Atari Jaguar back in 1993, but the SNES was a national launch. If it was in California on August 13th or August 14th or August 15th, we would have gotten it the same day, or at the very least a few days later at the very most.


    So the only plausable scenario for it not launching in late August (again, I'm not saying that August 25th is the definite date, I'm just saying that is the day it was first available to the general public in Sacramento) is that somehow all the various retailers in the greater Sacramento area had their shipments delayed 2 weeks for some strange reason. Personally, I just don't think that's very likely. Still, the reason I'm asking this question, is because I want to be absolutely certain of what the real date is, if there really is a specific date. It's entirely possible that there wasn't a written in stone date, and the SNES simply started arriving to retailers in "LATE" August, and the retailers started selling them as they got them, meaning that somebody in some odd city might have gotten theirs as early as the 20th or something, but this August 13th date is just absolutely bogus. I'm 99.9 percent sure of that. I'm just looking for some concrete evidence one way or the other. I'm going to have to do a hard target search to find my receipt. Anybody still have their receipt from buying their SNES in August? If so, please post a pic of it.

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