BT's Long Lost Super Nintendo ‘Interactive TV’ Service Trial Cartridge Discovered

BT-Super-Nintendo-Digital-Download-Interactive-TV-Cartridge-UncoveredAlthough there seems to be little mention of BT’s involvement with Nintendo in the mid-nineties, it would appear the tele-communications company was trialling a United Kingdom equivalent of Japan’s Satellaview service. Despite little record of BT's testing, one retro gamer has uncovered the Super Nintendo cartridge which would have served a digital-download based service for the 16-bit system and is looking for answers.

According to several sources online dug up by others researching the topic, BT trialled their interactive TV service to around 2,500 homes across two British towns around 1996. Using a mini-din port on the back of the accompanying cartridge, the console could connect up to a Voyager 2000 set-top box to provide a range of services. This would consist of various games, quizzes, advertising, and supposedly on-demand video content.

While it’s yet to be known how this service worked, or how the Super Nintendo instructed the set-box to play chosen video clips, it’s rumoured that the idea was scrapped in favour of the Open TV platform instead. Although it’s a shame to hear of yet another ahead-of-its-time idea being lost to time, we’re once again amazed to see yet another piece of missing retro gaming history uncovered.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the on-going discussions around this cartridge, all with the hope that the software will soon be demonstrated running on the original hardware.

Link: BT’s Interactive TV Super Nintendo Cartridge Discovery


 

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(Link to this comment) KThxsBy 2016-07-15 18:22
I found this fascinating, a few years ago I was reading about this TV box in Super Play, cant wait to see how this story pans out.
(Link to this comment) Botaurus 2017-03-04 11:36
I was fortunate enough to be living in Ipswich at the time and had one of these as part of the BT Interactive TV trial.

If I remember rightly there were about 20 games which could be downloaded onto the Snes cart via the Interactive TV box. I remember playing Super Mario All Stars and F-zero via download.

I'm happy to provide any further information on this.
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