Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Super Famicom Satellaview

Nintendo Satellaview Super FamicomThe Satellaview was a satellite modem released for the Japanese Nintendo Super Famicom in the not so distant 1995. It had games broadcast to it episodically (!) and is now considered a quirky little add-on for Nintendo's 16-bit console, that, really, isn't all that common outside Japan. You can find out more about the Satellaview here and here, and then grab one via Play Asia. By the way, what is it with Play Asia retro hardware being so popular?

7 comments:

  1. Fascinating! Thanks for the info.

    Also serving as a great example of hardware that only works within a certain window of time, or games like Warcraft that are useless without external support. I guess that's why I'll always love something like a cartridge based game system - since as long as there is 110V coming from the wall and any of my 10 TVs still work, I'm good for the next 50 years :-)

    But still, a neat idea, and a product I'd never heard of!

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  2. ...oh, and of course from a collectible standpoint, which I'm all about, it really rocks.

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  3. Yes, you're quite right dear Charlie. On the other hand I think you could store Satellavision games on memory packs for posterity; not 100% sure though. Oh, and I'd rather have Speccy tapes than carts ;)

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  4. Very cool that they had the storage option! And you'll definitely turn me on to the noble Speccy one of these days.

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  5. That would be wonderful and you would of course thank me. :)

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  6. Of course! And I would start another obsessive, yet poorly realized, collection!

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  7. As long as you don't hope to actually go on and collect over 10,000 games you'll be okay. Better start with some classics like Manic Miner, The Hobbit, 3D Deathchase, Sabrewulf, Batman, Lords of Midnight and Jet Set Willy.

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