Nintendo Knitting Machine prototyped during NES era

"Now You're Knitting With Power" - Former Nintendo exec Howard Phillips reveals the Nintendo Knitting Machine peripheral for NES.

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"Now You're Knitting With Power"

Former Nintendo of America executive Howard Phillips (better known to Nintendo fans as "Gamemaster Howard") has been treating the Nintendo faithful with scans of brochures from Nintendo's entry into the console gaming space. While his gallery proves to be a fascinating look into the publisher's rise into gaming dominance, one image proved to be the most noteworthy: a scan detailing the Nintendo Knitting Machine.

The Knitting Machine was prototyped in 1987 as a peripheral for the NES. Supposedly, the device would have been able to "crank out a custom sweater in about four hours." The intention of the device was to expand Nintendo's reach to people that didn't want a home computing system. "Home computers were useless because people didn't have any home-oriented use for them... I'm convinced this knitting software will help reintroduce the home computer to the public," John Dvorak reportedly said.

Phillips was less enthused about the product, however. Given 30 minutes notice to demo the peripheral to Toys R Us, Phillips admits that it was "one of my least genuinely enthusiastic demos." Check out his Facebook page to see the scan in full detail.

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    August 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Nintendo Knitting Machine prototyped during NES era.

    "Now You're Knitting With Power" - Former Nintendo exec Howard Phillips reveals the Nintendo Knitting Machine peripheral for NES.

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      August 30, 2012 2:24 PM

      man, great facebook page..brings back a lot of memories as a kid.

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      August 30, 2012 2:50 PM

      wearable power ?

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        August 30, 2012 4:26 PM

        Make your Power Glove into a fashionable winter accessory!

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      August 30, 2012 4:31 PM

      This isn't too out of the blue for them - back in 2000 or so Singer came out with a sewing machine that you programmed using a Game Boy

      http://www.retrothing.com/2006/04/izek_sewing_mac.html

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      August 30, 2012 4:31 PM

      Finally, a game for women.

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        August 30, 2012 4:47 PM

        Already exists. It's called Cooking Mama.

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      August 30, 2012 4:56 PM

      It's nice to read that John Dvorak was just as clueless in 1987 as he is in recent years. Yeah, hindsight is 20/20 but whatever.

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      August 31, 2012 8:25 AM

      I just want one sweater that was knitted by a NES just as a conversation starter, It would start like this "so you know how I got this sweater? From an actual old 80's NES. Yep thats right I unplugged the controller and plugged in a Knitting machine and 4 hours later this beauty was there".

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