I stumbled across this introduction video for Nintendo’s Satellaview, which for those who don’t know is a Super Famicom peripheral that allowed users in Japan to download exclusive games and content from scheduled satellite radio broadcasts, provided by a company called St.GIGA.
There were a number of reasons I thought this video was worth sharing, even if it’s a little late to be introducing potential consumers to Nintendo and St.GIGA’s revolutionary service (Nintendo-related satellite broadcasts concluded in 2000). It shows off a nice selection of Satellaview-exclusive software, including BS: Marvelous: Time Athletics, a Satellaview version of Eiji Aonuma’s overlooked contemporary adventure game Marvelous, and BS The Legend of Zelda, a remake of the original Zelda with new 16-bit graphics and the use of SoundLink, a service that provided sound data streaming that enabled live voice-overs to guide players through the game. Also briefly featured is the Satellaview’s interactive menu software BS-X: Sore wa Namae o Nusumareta Machi no Monogatari (BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen), which creatively divided the hardware’s broadcast-receiving functionality into a top-down, RPG-style overworld visually reminiscent of EarthBound.
That’s all well and good, of course, but really the main reason you should watch this video is because it features a blend of 90s 3D animation and live-action segments featuring what I assume is supposed to be a space-age ‘woman of the future’ wearing metallic silver trousers. Are all satellites this spacious?
The Satellaview clearly isn’t your standard Nintendo affair, and that’s a big part of what makes it so wonderful.