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

NeoZeedeater

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,195
I wouldn't go as far as calling the NA SNES ugly but I would have vastly preferred the SFC look back then (I didn't know what the PAL version looked like until seeing pictures on the internet).
 

big_z

Member
Nov 2, 2017
2,590
I like how the North American version looks more but I wish it was a touch smaller.

Speaking of snes is there any reason why concave buttons have never made a return?
 

GKSilKamina

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,456
Festering Swamp, USA
Look, I love my American SNES but I ain't gonna deny that thing is butt-ugly. I remember thinking as a kid how ugly the SNES looked compared to the Sega Genesis (Model 2).

Should've kept the Super Famicom design.
 

Megadragon15

Member
Oct 27, 2017
178
The American SNES looks ugly especially when it starts turning urine colored. Super Famicom is the best design for that system.
 

Finale Fireworker

Love each other or die trying.
Member
Oct 25, 2017
6,254
United States
I want to know what kind of costs were associated with having completely different console designs for different countries. How could it have made sense to produce a completely different SNES based on region? Or producing the NES alongside the Famicom?

Can you imagine if we still had that today? Where the PlayStation or the Xbox looked completely different in shape, size, and in some cases even function, in different markets? This must have been so expensive.
 
Oct 27, 2017
103
Yeah it's pretty terrible. The controllers too. Those dull button colors are no match for the multicolored euro version.
 
Oct 27, 2017
486
I remember magazine ads for the PAL SNES with the US design circa late 1991 (the first PAL territory in which it launched was the UK & Ireland in April '92). I wonder how late in the day Nintendo decided to change course?
 

Crowh

Member
Nov 20, 2017
43
Yep pretty ugly, its pretty sad because here in South America we also got that version...
 

FarbrorBaku

Member
Nov 8, 2017
1,243
The american snes is hideous, its over designed and messy, the ugly purple details don't do it any favors, it looks like a cheap bootleg console, i actually thought it was a bootleg console the first time i saw it when a friend brought one home from the states.
 

Spish!

Member
Oct 27, 2017
105
I love it. It has that classic NoA character. NES control deck was peak NoA, but this is a close second. Forget the dumpster fire redesigns.

To me the fugliest console is the Xbox 360 and 360 slim, I even prefer the fatty OG to the first two iterations of the 360. The E was a massive improvement, unfortunately I never got around to buying one.
 

Crepuscular

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
309
Speaking purely of the console body itself, I prefer the JP/EU model slightly. Rounded edges are more appealing than sharp edges to me in general.

However, taking the controllers into account as well pushes the NA version of the console into the winners circle and it's not close lol. Those convex/concave, deep violet/lilac buttons are sexy, futuristic, interesting, sophisticated, cool, unique. There's never been anything like it. The RED-BLUE-YELLOW-GREEN of the other model is the thing that looks like a little kids toy. Cliche. Uninspired. Garish.

They both have their charms at the end of the day. Honestly, 99% of people are just gonna like the version they grew up with better. I find the overall tone of the NA-version haters in these topics to be pretty cringey most of the time. "The first time I saw the NA SNES I wanted to GOUGE MY EYES OUT and SET MYSELF ON FIRE!!! ahhals;kdfja;slkfj;lj" <--- seriously this is what a lot of you sound like it's downright embarrassing.
 

scare_crow

Member
Oct 28, 2017
2,998
I’ve never understood the DISGUST for the American SNES. If you like the other designs, fine. But do you really think it’s that bad? Really?

When it’s Americans saying it, it reeks of “I’m a true gamer who likes Japanese consoles!” to me.
 

inguef

The Fallen
Oct 28, 2017
12,041
European SNES /Japanese Super Famicom is so pretty.

I’ve never understood the DISGUST for the American SNES. If you like the other designs, fine. But do you really think it’s that bad? Really?

When it’s Americans saying it, it reeks of “I’m a true gamer who likes Japanese consoles!” to me.
It is the hardware version of Kirby's angry twin.
 

Mudo

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,611
Tennessee
Errr I live in the US
Own a US Super Nintendo and love it.
Helps that gray and purple are my 2 favorite colors :)
 
May 10, 2019
83
As somebody that grew up with the American SNES, i was jealous as hell from the start that we didn't get the color scheme and design of the Super Famicom, and I still am.
 

Lua

Member
Aug 9, 2018
547
I grew up with that thing and yeah, it is ugly af. Not good at all to look at.
 

mnz

Member
Oct 25, 2017
7,066
It's incredibly ugly. I really don't understand what happened there, they ruined it.
 

Lagamorph

Member
Oct 26, 2017
4,223
There are people who DON'T think it's ugly?
Those people seriously need to change their optician.
 

Bjones

Member
Oct 30, 2017
4,417
Sorry it’s the best looking by far. You can keep your rounded fisher price looking version.
;)
 

D.Lo

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,022
Sydney
the american snes is hideous and i have no idea how it was allowed to happen.
This was always my thought. How the hell did that get out of prototype stage?

There’s no logic to it either. Blocky shapes with no real order or function on the top, frilly skirt on the bottom. And purple and lilac as the colours? It’s a console not a potpourri dispenser.
 

civet

Member
Jul 6, 2019
72
France
As a european I quite like the look of the american one but that purple color is really horendous. Perhaps a mix of both including the american shape and the european color scheme would be the best of both world.