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

daxy

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Oct 25, 2017
7,600
I will never get the love for convex buttons. It's a novelty for exactly five seconds until you remind yourself of the layout :I
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
6,516
I like the boxy shape. It's not like there's a huge difference to the Japan/EU model. They're both grey boxes to play games on, not the sleek designs that we've had in modern days like Wii or PS4 Slim.
 

D.Lo

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Oct 25, 2017
3,022
Sydney
not the sleek designs that we've had in modern days like Wii or PS4 Slim.
Opinions and all that, but the Wii is so plain as to have almost no design at all, and the PS4 to me cannot be sleek because it's so enormous, just a giant plain black rectangle.

Neither are particularly offensive and at least the Wii is small, but both are just... nothing.
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
6,516
Who the fuck thought a palma violet coloured console would look cool. Crazy decision.
That color scheme still lives on, and it's great.


Opinions and all that, but the Wii is so plain as to have almost no design at all, and the PS4 to me cannot be sleek because it's so enormous, just a giant plain black rectangle.

Neither are particularly offensive and at least the Wii is small, but both are just... nothing.
I was specifically mentioning PS4 Slim, and I meant it. For all the power the Pro has, it loses out in sleek design. But would you really call the Slim enormous?

 

RedAhmed

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Jan 9, 2018
1,582
It would look 'okay' if the PAL/JP version never existed, but it does. So yeah, it looks horrible IMO.
 

Synth

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Oct 26, 2017
1,817
I will never get the love for convex buttons. It's a novelty for exactly five seconds until you remind yourself of the layout :I
Yea, I don't get this either tbh. I don't want half of my face buttons inverted to the other half. If convex were preferable, then I would want all four face buttons to be that way. Having half-and-half just means two of the buttons will always feel worse by contrast, and you'd always have the alternative there to ensure you continue to notice.
 
Jan 29, 2018
1,918
I'm horribly outnumbered, but I prefer the US SNES. Something about the European/Japanese one just screams "prototype" to me, and the four-color face buttons seem a bit garish.
 

Dache

Member
Oct 25, 2017
408
UK
Another one for thinking the US model is awful. Horrid boxy right angles and that icky purple instead of the classic 4-colour motif. The sleek, rounder EU/Japanese design is so much nicer. I have no opinion on the concave/convex buttons but I see that as a separate thing to the aesthetic design of the console itself.
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
6,516
There's just something a US Super NES with uh ... Super Mario World inserted into its uh ... slot that's so damn ... uh ... sexy though.

Like the US SNES isn't a conventionally "sleek" piece of hardware but there's just something about this:



That screams "the mother of all Christmas presents", lol.
That's a great pic. Also that cartridge shape is just better than the Japan/EU thing. Also also game title on top of cartridge, that's some great design.
 

D.Lo

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Oct 25, 2017
3,022
Sydney
The other thing is that the coloured buttons were specifically referenced in games, eg Zelda's menu.

 

ultramooz

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Oct 27, 2017
185
Paris, France
I love purple but the Us SNES is a drab box, sorry.

They designed it to appeal to US consumer taste and it worked because some like it apparently. It was the same designer who did the NES - also an ugly grey box.

You want a nice purple console ? Try a gamecube or the gameboy color...

Even better : the gameboy advance SP
 

Berordn

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Oct 26, 2017
5,131
Orlando, FL
They designed it to appeal to US consumer taste and it worked because some like it apparently. It was the same designer who did the NES - also an ugly grey box.
I mean, it is an ugly gray box but the idea was to distance it from video games which were still suffering from the crash and make it appear more like another consumer electronic the masses would be more comfortable with, the VHS player.

There's a whole history of why they designed it the way they did and it's not necessarily because in the 80s people just liked beige and gray boxes.
 

Smashed_Hulk

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Jun 16, 2018
49
USA! USA!

yeah... the PAL version is definitely better along with the colored buttons too.

Putting my nostalgia aside, we got screwed with the NA snes. I like it, but only cuz I grew up with one.
 

Aswitch

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Nov 27, 2017
1,726
Los Angeles, CA
I love the design personally (especially the revised model). I do like the famicom design a bit more though. But overall, no i don't think it's ugly.
 

Psxphile

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Oct 27, 2017
3,386
I thought I saw a hybrid custom version of the SNES that was basically the Euro/JPN version but with purple accents online, but I can't seem to find it again. Shame, thought it looked like a nice compromise between the two.

As an aside, I never realized just how important "feel" works toward button orientation regarding the US SNES controller until I tried playing The Wind Waker on Wii U recently using the Game Pad. Never being quite sure whether I'm hovering over the B button or the X button without having to look down and check, which is weird because I don't think I ever had that problem with Sony's controllers. Sega's pads also had that little plastic nub (nib?) that helped too and the 6-button ones made the additional X/Y/Z buttons distinct from the A/B/Cs.
 

TheMadTitan

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Oct 27, 2017
5,775
You know, I'll even go so far as to say that the Japanese/PAL carts are better, too! Sure, the US carts have the benefit of the names being printed on top thanks to the wrap around label, but aesthetically, the carts outside of North America are better.
 

Syril

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Oct 26, 2017
4,476
I never really minded the purple buttons, but I like the multicolor ones more.
You know, I'll even go so far as to say that the Japanese/PAL carts are better, too! Sure, the US carts have the benefit of the names being printed on top thanks to the wrap around label, but aesthetically, the carts outside of North America are better.
Aesthetics are nice but practicality wins for me any day. Not being able to tell at a glance what cart is what is a pain in the ass.
 

TheMadTitan

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Oct 27, 2017
5,775
I never really minded the purple buttons, but I like the multicolor ones more.

Aesthetics are nice but practicality wins for me any day. Not being able to tell at a glance what cart is what is a pain in the ass.
In complete agreement with you there.

All of my carts went right back into their boxes back in the day, so I never had that issue. And all of my stuff now is emulated on my PC, phone, and set top boxes, so I still don't have that issue.

But if the PAL/NTSC-J carts had the titles labeled on top as well, they'd be superior.
 

RedGator

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Nov 7, 2017
261
American one is gross. Looks like an ugly dev kit. EU Snes to U.S. Snes is what Genesis 2 is to Genesis: aesthetically superior by kilomet... er, miles.

Lol at people saying otherwise, though. Every now and then some crazy bias will attempt to vault reason, logic and sense to validate itself.

"In retrospect 'Joey' is actually a much better show than 'Friends.'"