Nintendo PowerFest 94 SNES Super Nintendo Cartridge

nintendo powerfest 94 150x150Overnight this went from $600 to $10,000. That escalated quickly.

The Powerfest 94 competition was an attempt at Nintendo to replicate the success of the Nintendo World Championship held in 1990. For whatever reason, this competition never reached the notoriety of the original competition. Perhaps it is because they did not distribute the competition carts, giving a certain mystique over Nintendo fans that the NWC did. Or perhaps it was because of the competition of the Genesis at the time that sort of dried up the hype that Nintendo produced when it was the only player during the 8-bit era. Regardless, very little of the Powerfest 94 competition was known except for an article on an obscure website written several years ago. That page gives an excellent account of the competition from someone who competed at it.

Nintendo PowerFest 94 1 150x150Back in mid 2006, jollyrancher acquired the Powerfest 94 cart (as well as the Campus Challenge cart and uncovered this long forgotten gem. The odd shape of the cart was used for Campus Challenge cart, as well as the PlayStation CD ROM prototype. The cart is a bit of a monster, containing several eproms (one for each game, as well as the front-end) and a DSP chip (for Mario Kart). According to d4s, each ROM chip was loaded separately into the snes when it was accessed, and the score data kept on the ram. There are 8 Dip switches that work to change the amount of time you get to play the cart.

Nintendo PowerFest 94 2 150x150There are three games included in the competition cart. In the first section, you played level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. In the second section, you play the first track of the Mushroom Cup in Super Mario Kart. The final part was the home run derby in Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Much like the NWC, the most points were made in the final game, so finishing the first two games as quickly as possible was key to victory. In the Powerfest competition, the home runs counted for 10,000 points at in the regionals, but in the finals, the value was upped to 1 million points. It is interesting to note that the Dip switches do not change the score you get in Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball, so there perhaps were different versions of the competition cart. The score in Mario Kart is based on how you place in the race, and how many coins you collect. In the competition, you were given 6 minutes to score as many points as possible.

To qualify for the Powerfest tournament, you had to get a high score on the Powerfest cart during Nintendo sponsored events throughout the United States. Regional qualifying events went from May to November. At the events, there were four systems set up, and whoever won on each go got a hat. The top qualifier for each event got a trip to San Diego to participate at the championships. The runner up got a Starfox jacket (presumably) left over from the Starfox Super Weekend Competition.

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Info via SNESCentral.

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5 Responses to “Nintendo PowerFest 94 SNES Super Nintendo Cartridge”

  1. the USB standard wasn’t finalized until 1996 and no OS at the time could take advantage of it.

    The chances of that multitap SNES to computer adapter being legit are zero. It may be a prototype, but it has to date to 2003ish.

    There is no possible way something like that would have been anything other than parallel.

    Fake.

  2. First thing I noticed as well.
    I was thinking maybe it has a parallel port on the back and the guy just made some kind of adapter for usb? Though it doesn’t mention that in the auction so i’m inclined to call fake as well.

  3. Quick note, as someone who participated in Powerfest ’94 in a Target lot in the Chicago suburbs, if you won the 4 person round you got a special Powerfest t-shirt (Pat Contri has one, I used to have 2). Everyone who participated got a hat. Hopefully someone releases a repro cart commercially someday…

    • I sure hope not! I am sick of all these repros, homebrews and ROM dumps existing making the real games themselves less desireable to collectors/gamers…

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