Japanese gamers fondly remember the Game Boy Color-connected sewing machine
Couture is getting a lot of attention these days. As masks are hard to come by, many sew face coverings by hand or whip out their dusty sewing machines. Nintendo, a company best known for its video game consoles and games, had also played a role in the sewing industry several years ago.
Japanese Nintendo enthusiasts began sharing memories of the Nintendo game on Twitter that had been used with an embroidery machine since the turn of the century. In the early 2000s, tailoring company Jaguar released the JN-100. Gamers used a lanyard to connect the machine and their Game Boy Color.
The design depended on the game Mario familywhich was released in 2001. The title was developed by Jaguar and published by Natsume, which gamers might remember from harvest moon franchise.
Gamers needed a Game Boy Color handheld and the Mario family cartridge to use the embroidery machine. Players could then choose their designs and choose the colors to include in the embroidered design.
—ホームズ (@drivingmario127) April 30, 2020
Years later, Jaguar released a more advanced version of the Nuotto, JN-2000, a sewing and embroidery machine used with the Gameboy color. The machine was unique because there was a docking station inside the sewing machine to download designs into the machine.
There were a variety of patterns on the small cartouche. There were 32 models, and many of them had color options to customize. The main stars of the series were included but also several enemies and objects from the game, such as the Super Mushroom and the Warp Pipe.
Unfortunately, Nintendo’s Stitching Enterprises have never been released outside of Japan. Some players in Japan still have their sewing machines, and there may be a few floating around on the second-hand or third-hand market.
Outside of Japan, the machine was released as the Singer IZEK, but not with a translated version of Mario family. Throughout the Twitter chat, players shared images of their sewing machines or advertisements for the product.
Although the machine was long discontinued, it sparked an interesting discussion on Twitter about the products Nintendo used to release outside of video games. If players are able to find a decade later, it’s likely the machine could still be working to create some interesting Mario-themed designs.