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DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN AND SUPER STAR WARS

My new book, The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M), is finally available, so I decided to focus this month’s column on Nintendo’s famous 16-bit console. Since the theme of the issue revolves around pop culture, I wanted to spotlight two of my favorite media tie-ins for the SNES: The Death and Return of Superman and Super Star Wars.

The Death and Return of Superman game will set you back approximately $40 to $50 for a loose copy, which, admittedly, isn’t all that cheap (it’s gone way up in value over the past few years), but Super Star Wars is an absolute steal for its typical asking price of around $10 to $12.

The Death and Return of Superman

Publisher: Sunsoft of America. Developer: Blizzard Entertainment /
Sunsoft of America. Side-Scrolling Combat, 1 player. 1994.

When Superman #75, featuring the death of The Man of Steel, was published in 1993, I was the co-owner of Fantastic Comics & Cards in North Richland Hills, Texas (a suburb of Fort Worth). It was a huge event garnering tons of press coverage, but unfortunately, the day before the issue came out, I had totaled my car and was out looking for a new vehicle. This left the lone employee working the store all day by himself, fielding phone calls and taking advance orders.

Fortunately, I did report for work the next day when the issue was on the stands. Like most every other store in the country, we quickly sold
out. The video game tie-in arrived later with far less fanfare, but I enjoyed it and still break it out from time to time. There aren’t many good Superman video games (Superman for the NES and Superman for the Nintendo 64 are two of the worst games I’ve had the displeasure of playing), so The Death and Return of Superman stands out as being distinctly playable.

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Brett Weiss Brett Weiss (18 Posts)

A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at www.brettweisswords.com