In late 1995, just before the industry was revolutionized by the Nintendo 64’s 3D polygon video games, the company Casio he made his own strange proposal for a desktop console.
Named as Casio Loopythe console was focused on the Japanese market, so it is a very rare collector’s item in the West, which had another additional component: it was promoted entirely for girls, so its proposal was inevitably marked by outdated concepts about what interested a female audience.
This bet was materialized not only by the type of video games that were part of the small library of 10 titles that the console managed to have, but also by the type of accessories for the device. For example, the Loopy included a color thermal printer that could be used to create stickers from in-game screenshots. In other words, a proposal ahead of its time that would be all the rage in the days of memes.
In that sense, one of the console video games was called Anime Land, a title that allowed you to create anime-style characters, customize elements such as eyes and hair, adding backgrounds to decorate the settings. From there, you could create a result that was printed by the console.
Unfortunately the level of design and graphics was very low, as was the case in the rest of the Loopy titles, but the whole proposal was driven by the idea of providing a space for the creation of the personalized decal.
The following video presents how this impression was materialized:
Beyond that proposal, most of Loopy’s video games corresponded to the genre “otome”, which are story-focused offerings and are generally framed as dating sims. The following 1990s commercial promoted a video game of that line called Ritoru Romansu (Little Romance).
The console had a single joystick, so it was focused on a single player experience, although it was also sold separately. a mouse that was sold in a pack together with games like Lupiton’s Wonder Palette (A style game mario painting very rustic) and the miscellaneous game Pasokon Korekushon (PC Collection).
The above was not the only thing that marked the device, since the Casio Loopy also had an accessory called Majikaru Shoppu (Magic Store), a video capture device that allowed obtaining images from VHS and DVD players. From there, the software allowed to include text to the images to create stickers with the printer. Other devices could be connected to these options, since, for example, a Youtube user uploaded 11 years ago a video in which he presents how he captured a video game image of the Pioneer LaserActive console.
In the long run, it is only enough to add that the life of the Casio Loopy was quite limited, since the development of software for the console ended only one year after its launch and the device stopped being produced as of December 1998, leaving as a legacy the strange proposal that was clearly a precedent for what Nintendo later ended up doing with its own thermal printer: the Game Boy Printer.
To finish, it is enough to leave the initial screen of the console for the memory.