A Satellaview research blog.

On the Prizes the Satellaview gave out.

Recently on this BS Zelda thread we’ve been trying to figure out info on the prizes St. Giga distributed as rewards for Satellaview players. I decided to put up some of the info here as well for reference.

Most the information comes from the Satellaview History Museum, SFC MANIA, and Satellaview Heaven which I linked on the right.

From what I read, a lot of the games had certificates of victory for the high-scoring players. I haven’t seen any of them with my own eyes but the SFC MANIA article on BS Fuurai no Shiren seems to have a low-res picture of it’s specific one. These are likely highly collectible.

On the note of non-certificate prizes, Calling cards were common. For those who don’t remember the days before the cell phone boom, calling cards were cards that were used to pay for phone calls. Satellaview Heaven has up a picture of a BS Shin Onigashima one, and on Yahoo Japan Auctions I saw descriptors for a Satellaview Tsushin calling card and a Samurai Spirits calling card.

St. Giga also gave out a lot of self-branded items. A watch and a purse were featured on Satellaview Heaven and descriptions of a purse were noted. The “Pin Badge” is also likely such.

Other than that, though, I am uncertain of what the others would be… either way, these prizes seem like little trinkets produced on the cheap. No trips to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, sorry.

(pictures are linked in the forum thread.)

EDITING THIS due to updates, thanks MadHatter:
First off, on Yahoo Japan Auctions (last I saw it) is a Satellaview Tsushin Parka. Anyone wanna buy it for me? 😉
But besides that, Madhatter’s been translating the list of news articles from “Ge-mu Toranoana” (I’ll need to update the articles I have that previously referenced this for the proper name – it’s apparently based on Comic Toranoana.) listings on Kameb’s Satellaview History Museum.

Along with what I mentioned, he’s noted some of the more interesting items that were being given – apparently Golden Mario Statues, the imfamous Nintendo collectible prize, were distributed at some point – likely for BS Super Mario USA.
Game Paks were also distributed – nothing too collectible mind you, but Super Mario RPG and Kirby Super Deluxe were good games, don’t you think? Already the prizes sounds a lot more interesting.

Magazine Articles.

Excuse the long absence. This time, an actual crisis came up. I’m not gonna babble my personal stories here though. Instead, I shall thank MadHatter at the BS Zelda forum for picking up my pace in researching. I’m gonna have a few interesting articles to put up now. Let me start with this one.

For a while now I’ve been trying to nab old documents on the Satellaview – thanks to Madhatter I actually have some excellent little articles. I unfortunately am not the Master of French, but I can already see some news. 😀

These have all been thumbnail’d so they don’t actually clutter up the page too much…
(Mirrored on my own webspace for convenience.)

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Machine Translations are still (not) fun – But these are important links.

You may have seen a few of these JP site links on the list of links to the right.

Tonight I’ve decided to try using excite to translate them. Here’s some results. In the meantime, I will describe each site’s contents.

SFC MANIA – This blog has some neat pictures of Satellaview games, as well as links to zoome videos of BS Kirby on Omachahako. These videos are great to watch, as they show more of the simple Kirby games.

SATELLAVIEW HISTORY MUSEUM
– A website which has a list of the Satellaview’s “Soundlink” broadcasts as well as schedules for a lot of the months the Satellaview was functioning.

SATELLAVIEW HEAVEN – Another blog. This has info on games like BS Simcity and SatellaQ, and it has pictures of Satellaview merchandise; likely, prizes from the game contests.


Machine Translations are (not) fun.

I’ve decided to try to sue Excite’s Machine translation to translate the Japanese Wikipedia article on the Satellaview. I hope it’s good for something!

EDIT: I’ve now alos looked inot the RANDnet Article.

There’s also a set of articles about some of the Satellaview broadcastings.


Download Games: Rehashity.

I’m sure a few of you have noted my links, right?

I’ve been digging into the Satellaview History Museum And I saw on there a schedule showing a lot of game titles, I decided to look a few of them up, and it turns out a decent amount match a lot of common Super Famicom releases. I will post some videos of some specific ones here.

Note that these probably aren’t from the Satellaview-downloaded versions – I’m just going with gut instinct in believing these specific ones are the same as they are on cartridges. These ones I downloaded are apparently Tool-Assisted Speedruns.

アクトレイザー

Actraiser. This should be a well-known one to you guys.

スーパーボンバーマン2

Super Bomberman 2. Oddly enough, I didn’t note other “Super Bomberman” entries.

スーパー桃太郎電鉄2

“Super Momotarou Densetsu 2”. Apparently this is a series of party-style board games themed around the ol’ Japanese story.

キッドクラウンの クレイジーチェイス

“Kidd Clown’s Crazy Chase”. A peculiar Super Nintendo game.

NicoNicoDouga URLs:
【TAS】 アクトレイザーSPノーダメージ
TAS スーパーボンバーマン2 クリアまで 256×224 22m54s
[TAS] SFC スーパー桃太郎電鉄2 岡山行ってきた
ヌルゲーマーによる『キッドクラウンのクレイジーチェイス』 2周目(HARD)