Do people really think the American SNES is ugly?

The best looking SNES?

  • American SNES

    Votes: 441 21.8%
  • European SNES

    Votes: 1,581 78.2%

  • Total voters
    2,022

muteKi

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Oct 22, 2018
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a sunken pirate ship
Don’t worry OP, for posterity here’s the first and right vote

But yeah, NA has more character
Honestly I am going to assume anyone voting for the American version uses light theme.

I like the concave X and Y buttons but most other aspects of the console's design are garbage, as though someone tried to build a Super Famicom out of oversized, off-brand lego. I'm glad the revision is much closer to the overseas designs, and even smaller to boot.
 

-shadow-

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Oct 25, 2017
4,028
I don't mind the hard edges on the design, but that purple... Who the hell thought that was a good idea?!
 

Coinspinner

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Nov 6, 2017
1,253
I didn't own a SNES, but the US one looks better to me by a fair margin. The JP/Euro one looks kinda ugly.
 

bulbasort

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
141
This is wild. I didn't grow up with either, but the European one is weird and bulbous compared to the much cooler looking US one. The purple color scheme is great too.
 

shira

Community Resetter
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Oct 25, 2017
14,713
I played on the Super Famicom first so 🌈 buttons were ingrained in my early experiences.
 

Rotini Noodle

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Apr 3, 2018
420
I always liked the US version. It had that exotic feel to me because I'd only see it at my rich cousin's house or a Toys R Us kiosk. More often than not, I was a salty Genesis kid looking over at the other side of the fence jealous. Still looks pretty OK or at least immovably iconic imo.
 

Eros

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Oct 27, 2017
3,760
It's not the sleekest looking console, but it's fine. It does seem like people have a strong opinion about the other one looking so much better. Which is weird to me. Neither one of them are all that dope looking.
 

Prison_mike

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Oct 26, 2017
452
Lol, the SNES is my favorite console aesthetically and my 3ds SNES versions is my second favorite. Gamecube 3rd.... I think its me.
 

abellwillring

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Oct 25, 2017
2,033
Austin, TX
You have a poll with two options and don’t show the other option’s photo. Explain the thinking here. If you’re not European you probably don’t know what the European SNES looked like.
 

Mato

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Oct 27, 2017
623
It is the ugly stepchild of the SNES family, the people have spoken.
 
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Stop It

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Oct 25, 2017
3,306


I know this is the Mini, but the design's still the same. Over the years I've seen people mock this design for being somehow uglier than the European SNES, and I really don't understand how this nking like this is possible, the EU one isn't bad, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have a fraction of the attitude the American SNES has.

The strong purple color, concave buttons, the blocky look of it... it's a fantastic console in terms of aesthetics imo. The EU SNES on the other hand kinda lacks charm. The 4 colors are no doubt iconic, but it just doesn't scream "console" to me and as good looking as the controller is the lack of concave buttons is just worse. What do you think, Era?
That looks like some sort of evil robot face and the controller looks like it is covered in Parma Violets.

Of course I like Parma Violets but the PAL SNES was just better.
 

DJ_Lae

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Oct 27, 2017
3,149
Edmonton
I have a special place in my heart for the SNES, but yeah, it's not a good looking console. It's an awkward mess of colours and shapes.
 

Slacker247

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Oct 27, 2017
1,701
Compared to the EU SNES, yes. I do like the controller though and like above, they look like Parma Violets.
 

Bya

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Oct 25, 2017
1,752
They're both ugly, like most hardware from that era. I do think EU/JP colors look better though.
 

Durden

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
3,818
I personally love it because it’s what I know. But the EU SNES is definitely the better design.

Unsure of the difference between controllers if any, but I can’t imagine the US SNES controllers being topped.
 

Naga

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Aug 29, 2019
1,171
I honestly think people preferring the american SNES suffer from Stockholm Syndrom.
Only people that had this console younger like it.
 

apocat

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Oct 27, 2017
3,639
The american version doesn't play its games in slow motion, but yes, it looks awful compared to the european one.
 

Veliladon

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Oct 27, 2017
2,983
It's not that the US SNES is ugly, it's that the PAL SNES looks far better to the point where I imported PAL SNES controllers rather than put up with the ugly US ones.
 

Druffmaul

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Oct 24, 2018
265
I bought my SNES in Oct/Nov 1991 and never gave any thought to its aesthetics. About 5 years later I got into importing on the Saturn and PSX,. which made me want to import JP SNES games. The easiest option was to just go down to Little Tokyo and find a used Super Famicom. I had no idea it had a different design until I took it out of the box, and my first thought was "Why in the fuck didn't NoA just go with this for the SNES??? This is like 1000x better looking."
 

poussi

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Oct 28, 2017
343
I'm European and obviously very biased, but I feel the American SNES is absolutely hideous and the PAL one or Super Famicom the best thing ever. I also love the coloured buttons.
 

TooFriendly

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Oct 30, 2017
359
I guess it’s another example of products being changed for the US to look more aggressive or edgy. Like how Kirby always has angry eyebrows added in US covers. To me the US SNES looks like a terrible transformation of Galvatron or something.

The Japanese/PAL version to me just looks comfortable, understated and fun. It has a nice smooth curve along the top from back to front with a tapered curved front. I guess it looks like a modern car whereas the US version looks like a bunch of angular LEGO.
 

Siresly

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Oct 27, 2017
1,391
The EU/JP design is more rounded, colorful, pleasant, distinct and fun. It looks like a Super Nintendo, whereas this looks like a uniformly gray, boxy, generic, dull, cheaper, industrial, plastic shell. And I don't like those switches. Or the color combination.

But it's no PC Engine SuperGrafx with Super CD-ROM²

Or no...this.
Wow. I declare this to be the best and worst looking console. Looks like a prop from a Hellraiser FMV game for kids.
 
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Sandcrawler

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Oct 27, 2017
54
I like the smoothness of the European model and the Super Famicom, but the American version has a kind of industrial charm to its design.
Yeah it really does look kinda industrial now that you mention it. And if it's aged to the point of yellowing, that matches up with the off-white color of industrial machines as well.