JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 04:  Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 1992. Computer games console with 'Alien 3' game cartridge and one hand-held controller made by Nintendo, Japan.  (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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Only These Three SNES Games Got The Color Cartridge Treatment
In the '90s, Nintendo's stranglehold on the industry became challenged for the first time by Sega Genesis, and the company had to step up its game in a major way. One strategy Nintendo employed to make its games stand apart was to release special edition colored cartridges for its Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
Only three SNES games received the color treatment, though: "Killer Instinct" got a black cartridge, while "Doom” and "Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage" had red cartridges. Each of these games were edgier than the system's other family friendly fare, which may have contributed to Nintendo's decision to set them apart from the standard gray cartridge.
Although the exact reasons for why these games came in colored cartridges may never be known, the fact that there were only three titles made them feel particularly special. They were all released within a year of each other, and subsequent runs of "Spider-Man" and "Doom" were then put on gray cartridges, making the colored editions feel even more like collector's pieces.