Sharp Famicom Titler Nintendo

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The Famicom Titler is basically a Nintendo-licensed Famicom-compatible device produced by the Sharp Corporation, and first released in 1989 exclusively in Japan at a retail price of 43,000 yen ($356). The system was the only consumer-level Famicom to internally generate RGB video, the only Famicom system with S-Video output, and it has been noted for its crisp clarity of image. The system also functioned as a subtitle-generator and it could be used in combination with a RF-video camera to create gameplay videos and demos. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

With the flip of a switch, the Famicom Titler could be used to produce intertitles or subtitles for video footage. According to the system manual, the resulting demos were intended to allow the addition of narration in the form of subtitles to create video invitations to parties, holiday events, children’s athletic events, weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Character input was made upon a small touch-sensitive tablet mounted into the console. A stylus was included as attached to the body, and audio additions to the demo could be made using the included microphone. Flipping the switch back would superimpose the video and subtitles on the console.