SNES Multitap

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The Super Nintendo Entertainment System had several multitaps, the first one being Hudson Soft's Super Multitap which was released in 1993[1] and featured four controller ports. With one of these devices plugged into the Super Nintendo's controller port #2, the Super Multitap added multiplayer support for up to five players. It came bundled with the game Super Bomberman or could be purchased separately. Hudson Soft's Super Multitap 2 was released in the shape of Bomberman's face. It also featured four controller ports. Another version of the multitap was the Naki Tribal Tap which featured five controller ports. However, it has been shown that the fifth port on these units is not actually functional.[2] If two multitaps were used simultaneously, one in each of the Super Nintendo's controller ports, up to eight controllers could theoretically be used. However, no commercially released games for the Super Nintendo ever offered multiplayer compatibility beyond five players, although at least one homebrew game has been made which offers 8-player gameplay.[3] As the N-Warp Daisakusen developer stated,[3] every game licensed by Nintendo expected that the multitap would be attached to the #2 port, thus so far N-Warp Daisakusen is the only game that allows two multitaps on the SNES console and therefore has support for more than 5 players.[4]

Multi-Player Adaptors[edit]

Tribal Tap by Naki
  • 3 Way Multiplay Adaptor (Gamester LMP) (with only 3 sockets)
  • 5 Player Game Plug (Laing) (same polygonal case as SN-5)
  • HORI Multitap HSM-07 (HORI) (4 "top-loading" connectors)
  • HORI Super Tetris 3 (HORI) (red case, otherwise same as HORI HSM-07)
  • Multi Adaptor Auto (Partyroom21)
  • Multi Adaptor Auto (OPTEC) (same case as Multi Adaptor Auto, but without the Super Famicom Logo and words "Partyroom21")
  • Multi Player Adaptor (unknown manufacturer) (roughly PS1 shaped)
  • Multi-Player Adaptor (Super Power) (same case as Multiplay Adaptor from LMP)
  • Multiplay Adaptor (Gamester LMP) (square gray case, "crown" shaped LMP logo)
  • SN-5 Multitap (Phase 9) (same polygonal case as Super 5 QJ/Super 5-Play)
  • SNES MultiPlayer 5 Schematic Diagram (1 May 1992) (Nintendo) (book2.pdf)
  • Super 5 QJ (same polygonal case as SN-5)
  • Super 5 Multi-Player Adapter by Innovation (same polygonal case as SN-5)
  • Super 5-Play (Performance) (same polygonal case as SN-5)
  • Super Link by BPS (Bullet-Proof Software) (same case as HORI HSM-07)
  • Super Multitap (noname) (polyshaped, but different than the SN-5 case)
  • Super Multitap (Hudson) (long slim device with 4 connectors on front panel)
  • Super Multitap 2 (Hudson) (square device with yellow Bomberman face)
  • Super Multitap Honest (same polygonal case as SN-5)
  • Tribal-Tap 5 (Nakitek) (same case as Multiplay Adaptor from LMP)
  • Tribal Tap, 6 Player Adaptor (Naki) (this adaptor actually has support for 5 players like the other multitaps[2])
  • Tribal Tap, 6 Player Adaptor (Fire) (same as Naki, but without Naki logo) (this adaptor actually has support for 5 players like the other multitaps[2])

Compatible games[edit]

There are more than 100 games which support the Super Multitap:[5]

Game Languages Players
Bakukyuu Renpatsu!! Super B-Daman Japanese  ?
Bakutou Dochers: Bumps-jima wa Oosawagi Japanese  ?
Barkley Shut Up and Jam! / Barkey no Power Dunk English, Japanese 4
Battle Cross (allows to select 6 human players, but supports only 5 joypads, so the 6th player is always inactive) Japanese 5
Battle Jockey Japanese 4
Bill Walsh College Football English 4
Capcom's Soccer Shootout / J.League Excite Stage '94 / Soccer Shootout English, Japanese 4
Chibi Maruko-chan: Mezase! Minami no Island!! Japanese 4
College Slam English 4
Crystal Beans From Dungeon Explorer Japanese 3
Dino Dini's Soccer! English, French, German  ?
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story English 3
Dream Basketball: Dunk & Hoop Japanese 5
Dynamic Stadium Japanese  ?
Elite Soccer / World Cup Striker English, French, German, Japanese 4
ESPN National Hockey Night English  ?
FIFA 98: Road to World Cup English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish  ?
FIFA International Soccer English, Japanese 4
FIFA Soccer 96 English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish 4
FIFA Soccer 97: Gold Edition / FIFA 97: Gold Edition English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish  ?
Finalset Japanese  ?
Firestriker / Holy Striker English, Japanese 4
Fever Pitch Soccer / Head-On Soccer English, French, German, Italian, Spanish 4
From TV Animation Slam Dunk: SD Heat Up!! Japanese 5
Go! Go! Dodge League Japanese  ?
HammerLock Wrestling / Tenryuu Genichirou no Pro Wrestling Revolution English, Japanese 4
Hanna Barbera's Turbo Toons English 5
Hat Trick Hero 2 Japanese  ?
Hebereke no Oishii Puzzle wa Irimasenka Japanese  ?
Human Grand Prix III: F1 Triple Battle Japanese  ?
Human Grand Prix IV: F1 Dream Battle Japanese  ?
Hungry Dinosaurs / Harapeko Bakka English, Japanese  ?
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe / Jikkyou World Soccer 2: Fighting Eleven English, Japanese 4
J.League Excite Stage '95 Japanese  ?
J.League Excite Stage '96 Japanese  ?
J.League Soccer Prime Goal Japanese  ?
J.League Super Soccer '95 Jikkyō Stadium Japanese  ?
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Volume 1 / J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: Volume One English, German 5
Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling '96: Max Voltage Japanese  ?
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour English, French, German, Japanese  ?
JWP Joshi Pro Wrestling: Pure Wrestle Queens Japanese  ?
Kunio-kun no Dodge Ball Da yo Zenin Shuugou! Japanese  ?
Kingyo Chuuihou! Tobidase! Game Gakuen Japanese 3
Looney Tunes B-Ball / Looney Tunes Basketball English 4
Madden NFL '94 / NFL Pro Football '94 English, Japanese 4
Madden NFL 95 English 4
Madden NFL 96 English 5
Madden NFL 97 English 4
Madden NFL 98 English  ?
Micro Machines English 4
Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament English 4 (or 8 via "pad sharing")
Mizuki Shigeru no Youkai Hyakkiyakou Japanese  ?
Multi Play Volleyball Japanese  ?
N-Warp Daisakusen (homebrew) (requires two multitaps) English 8
Natsume Championship Wrestling English 4
NBA Give 'n Go / NBA Jikkyou Basket: Winning Dunk English, Japanese 4
NBA Hang Time English 4
NBA Jam English, Japanese 4
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition English, Japanese 4
NBA Live 95 English, Japanese 5
NBA Live 96 English 5
NBA Live 97 English 5
NBA Live 98 English 5
NCAA Final Four Basketball English 4
NCAA Football English 4
NFL Quarterback Club / NFL Quarterback Club '95 English, Japanese  ?
NFL Quarterback Club 96 English, Japanese  ?
NHL '94 / NHL Pro Hockey '94 English, Japanese 5
NHL '95 English  ?
NHL '96 English  ?
NHL '97 English  ?
NHL '98 English 5
Olympic Summer Games English 5
Pazurun Desu!(Puzzle'n Desu!) (ぱずるんです!) Ultimate Cool Puzzle Game Japanese 4
Peace Keepers, The / Rushing Beat Shura English, Japanese 4
Pieces / Jigsaw Party English, Japanese 5
Rap Jam: Volume One English, French, Spanish 4
Saturday Night Slam Masters / Muscle Bomber: The Body Explosion English, Japanese 4
Secret of Mana / Seiken Densetsu 2 English, French, German, Japanese 3
Seiken Densetsu 3 (3-player patch) Japanese, English Translation Patch 3
Shijou Saikyou no Quiz Ou Ketteisen Super (8-player mode requires four Twin Taps attached to a Multitap) Japanese 8
Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling: Chou Senshi in Tokyo Dome - Fantastic Story Japanese  ?
Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Kounin: '94 Battlefield in Tokyo Dome Japanese  ?
Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Kounin: '95 Tokyo Dome Battle 7 Japanese  ?
Smash Tennis / Super Family Tennis English, Japanese 4
Sporting News Power Baseball, The English 4
Sterling Sharpe: End 2 End English 4
Street Hockey '95 English 4
Street Racer English, Japanese 4
Sugoi Hebereke Japanese 4
Sugoro Quest++: Dicenics Japanese 4
Super Bomberman English, Japanese 4
Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W Japanese 4
Super Bomberman 2 English, Japanese 4
Super Bomberman 3 English, Japanese 5
Super Bomberman 4 Japanese 5
Super Bomberman 5 Japanese 5
Super F1 Circus 3[citation needed] Japanese 4
Super Final Match Tennis Japanese 4
Super Fire Pro Wrestling: Queen's Special Japanese  ?
Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special Japanese  ?
Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Japanese  ?
Super Formation Soccer 94: World Cup Edition Japanese  ?
Super Formation Soccer 95: della Serie A Japanese  ?
Super Formation Soccer 96: World Club Edition Japanese  ?
Super Formation Soccer II Japanese  ?
Super Ice Hockey / Super Hockey '94 English, Japanese  ?
Super Kyousouba: Kaze no Sylphid Japanese  ?
Super Power League Japanese  ?
Super Puyo Puyo Tsu: Remix Japanese 4
Super Slam Dunk / Magic Johnson no Super Slam Dunk! English, Japanese  ?
Super Tekkyuu Fight! Japanese  ?
Super Tetris 3 Japanese 4
Syndicate English, French, German, Japanese 4
Takeda Nobuhiro no Super League Soccer Japanese 4
Tiny Toon Adventures: Wacky Sports Challenge / Tiny Toon Adventures: Wild & Wacky Sports / Tiny Toon Adventures: Dotabata Daiundoukai English, Japanese 4
Top Gear 3000 / Planet's Champ TG 3000, The English, Japanese 4
Vegas Stakes / Las Vegas Dream in Golden Paradise English, Japanese 4
Virtual Soccer / J.League Super Soccer English, Japanese 5
Vs. Collection Japanese  ?
Wedding Peach Japanese 3
WWF Raw English 4
Yuujin no Furi Furi Girls Japanese  ?
Zero 4 Champ RR Japanese  ?
Zero 4 Champ RR-Z Japanese  ?