Super Nintendo makes its comeback – but where are the classic casino titles?

  • The Super NES Classic Edition System will bring back some of the best-known, most popular Super Nintendo titles from the 1990s
  • Unfortunately, memorable casino titles, such as Vegas Stakes and Super Caesars Palace do not appear to be part of relaunch

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), one of the most popular video gaming consoles of the 1990s, won the hearts of a generation for its memorable characters, gameplay and highly addictive titles like Super Mario Kart and Donkey Kong.

Now, back by popular demand, the little plastic grey gaming box returns as the Super NES Classic Edition System.

The super small console brings the original Super Nintendo feel and it comes with 20 classic pre-programmed games, as well as a brand new title – Star Fox 2.

But the console also dabbled in some classic casino gaming action too – but unfortunately, these games don’t seem to have made the cut.

Super Caesars Palace for the SNES offered the full gamut of casino action.
Super Caesars Palace for the SNES offered the full gamut of casino action.

Super Nintendo and casinos

A quick glance over the list of games released with NES Classic reveals many of the legendary titles some of us grew up with, like Zelda, a Link to the Past, Street Fighter II, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario World, and more.

However, those classic gambling titles were clearly not at the forefront of Nintendo’s mind for the relaunch, in the midst of all the hype accompanying the return of this legendary console.

There were a few very nice gambling-themed games for Super Nintendo, at least by the standards of those days. One of them was Vegas Stakes, also known as Las Vegas Dreams. Released in 1993, the game equips the player with $1,000 and a bunch of friends eager to have a flutter.

The final goal of the game is to turn this initial investment into $10,000,000 playing various casino games such as roulette, blackjack, craps, poker, and, of course, slots.

Super Caesars Palace was another gambling game, based on the legendary Las Vegas casino.

Similar to the previous title, a player starts with $2,000, and the goal is to leave the casino with as much money in your pocket as possible. You could even interact with characters in the game, who were happy to offer their advice on living the life – Las Vegas style.

 

Vegas Stakes, like Super Caesars Palace, was almost like a casino roleplaying game, in that you adopted a character and made choices.
Vegas Stakes, like Super Caesars Palace, was almost like a casino roleplaying game, in that you adopted a character and made choices.

Dash of nostalgia

The Super NES Classic Edition system should become available in a few days, on September 29.

There is no doubt that it will bring back many great memories from the past days, when things seemed so much simpler in every way imaginable.

It’s a pity that we won’t see any of the gambling titles incorporated into the new system, especially since there weren’t that many created. They had a quirky charm of their own which would certainly have replay value today.

It may be that there will be one or two of these games featuring on the new system at some point in the future.

SNES link goes back further

Another link between the Super Nintendo and the modern online casino industry is the founder of reknowned, but now defunct, online poker site PKR.

The site sadly went out of business in May, but its founder Jez San made his name developing the 3D chip that powered the iconic Star Fox game.

Star Fox is being reborn for the console, and meanwhile San is also setting about some new endeavours – this time hoping to disrupt the online casino market with his new project FunFair – a blockchain-based casino platform. Casinopedia interviewed San on the subject this summer.

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