BS-X Broadcasting System
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|BS-X Broadcasting System|
|Type||Console add-on hardware|
|Release date|| November 21, 1990|
|Media|| Downloadable Content, rewritable ROM cartridge
One could access the BS-X service via the St. GIGA satellite station between 4:00-7:00 PM. The user was required to have a subscription to the St. GIGA station as well as a BS tuner in order to operate the BS-X. During this time, a player could download and play games. The BS-X system broadcasted for 5 years, up until June 2000. A very large catalog of games previously released in cartridge format as well as a few new games was made available for download through the service. A deluxe package came with a rewritable 8-megabit memory card that plugged into a slot on the top of the boot cartridge. Without such a cartridge, the BS-X saves downloaded content to its 512 KB of built-in memory " .
A feature called SoundLink allowed the use of streaming music or voice clips (most famously used in BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets) while playing a game.
Along with other and earlier game download services, the BS-X service paved the way for modern downloadable content distribution, which allows the purchase and download of full retail games as well as original download-only titles, much as the BS-X allowed.
- Each of the eight dungeons in the first BS Zelda quest are in the shape of a letter. When put together, it spells out STGIGA (St. GIGA), the company that provided satellite service for the BS-X.
- Similarly, the Second Quest's dungeons spell "NiNtENDO".