Unique 16-Bit Apparel Celebrates an Obscure Chapter in Nintendo’s Hardware History


From Elude Visibility (the online store of the archive of prototype and unreleased game ROMs of the same name, curated by Matthew Callis of superfamicom.org) comes some video game-inspired apparel that pays homage to Nintendo’s fascinating hardware history, reaching into the most obscure and under-appreciated depths of its colossal game catalogue for inspiration.

This unique pair of printed leggings (pictured above, centre) feature graphics from BS-X: Sore wa Namae o Nusumareta Machi no Monogatari (BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen), the colourful, EarthBound-like interactive menu used by the Super Famicom‘s Satellaview add-on. BS-X served as an interface for the unconventional SNES expansion that allowed Japanese players in the late 90s to receive regular satellite broadcasts of games, digital magazines and even live audio commentary straight to their systems.


Whilst it’s unlikely many will recognise the software that inspired this eye-catching design, it provides a previously unavailable outlet for appreciators of the overlooked curios amongst the SNES’s library who long to express their passion in how they dress. With later this month marking twenty-six years since the satellite that broadcast Nintendo’s Satellaview data was launched into space, this piece of fan-made merchandise can also serve as a unique celebration of an oft-forgotten chapter in Nintendo’s rich history.

This post shared on the Elude Visibility Instagram page suggests that other pieces of Satellaview-inspired clothing were also in the works at some point. Whilst I couldn’t possibly comment on the stylishness of donning full BS-X getup, I can recommend visiting the Elude Visibility store if you’re looking to order a pair of the leggings, or simply want to browse the other original designs and accessories on offer.

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