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Why are American Super Nintendos boxy and less colorful than the Japanese and European ones?
In the original and redesigns, the American Super Nintendo console is sort of boxy and boring, and the first-party controllers have buttons in two shades of purple rather than red, blue, green, and yellow.
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The Snes console was designed by different people when it was released stateside, specifically Lance Barr. Here's his own answer to this question in an interview with Nintendojo.com.
ND: The Super NES design is quite square compared to the Super Famicom. What was your motivation for going in that design direction?
LB: The Super Famicom was maybe okay for the market in Japan. For the US, I felt that it was too soft and had no edge. We were always looking at future modular components (even the NES had a connector on the bottom), so you had to design with the idea of stacking on top of other components. I though the Super Famicom didn't look good when stacked and even by itself, had a kind of "bag of bread" look.
You can read the entire interview here: www.nintendojo.com/archives/interviews/view_item.php?1130801472
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