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The SNES nearly had its own banking software in the 90s

by Joey Davidson | April 30, 2017April 30, 2017 6:00 am PDT

Did you know that a Canadian company named TranDirect almost released banking software back in 1998 on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System? Seriously. There’s even a promo video that stinks of glorious, awful, 90s internet culture.

The problem, as they saw it, was that not enough homes could afford PCs back then. This cartridge would allow users to hook up their SNES consoles to their phone line, connect to the banking system and, can you believe it, receive and respond to email.

The system promised super easy setup and use, affordability and customer benefits that would keep people banking with whichever banks offered the TranDirect Home Banking System.

The video even said Nintendo of America was on board with the idea. If that’s true, this whole thing is wild.

Would you have banked from your SNES?

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...