Nintendo used to make cute, RC vacuum cleaners.

If it wasn’t for Mario, if people actually thought vacuuming could be fun, then Nintendo might still be making these tiny guys from 1979. The dimpled and curved lump called the Nintendo Chiritorie (“dustpan”) could only turn left and clean up toy spills. What, the sticker set wasn’t enough to sell it, despite it taking the whole day to vacuum a carpet?

[via Daniel Rehn] [Before Mario]