When you consider how omnipresent the NES was in North America during the early '90s, it's hardly surprising that a wide range of money-spinning - but ultimately pointless - peripherals were pushed out onto store shelves (Power Glove, we're looking at you).

However, the king (or should that be queen?) of these devices has to be the NES Knitting machine. Previously only rumoured to be real, the existence of the knitter was recently confirmed by ex-Nintendo employee Howard Phillips, who posted an image on his Facebook page.

Phillips added that he even demoed the system for Toys R Us, which he remarked must have been "one of my least genuinely enthusiastic demos".

The mind boggles.

The original promotional flyer
The original promotional flyer

[via kotaku.com]