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The Super Famicom was a 16-bit console developed by Nintendo and released in 1990 in Japan, 1991 in North America, and 1992 in Europe. The Famicom was good enough to get Nintendo along for quite a while, even the first few years of the 16-bit generation, but they were slowly losing customers to Sega's revolutionary Mega Drive. Desperate for a new console, Nintendo decided to jump into the 16-bit market with the Super Famicom. The Super Famicom was, in every esscence of the word, Nintendo's Mega Drive. It featured many notable titles, including Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Cart, and Mega Man X. On the technical side, the Super Famicom has a Ricoh 5A22 at 21.47727 MHz, based on another 16-bit core, a custom PPU, an 8-bit Sony SPC700 sound chip, and 128kbs of ram.