Sometimes it isn’t a surprise to see a product fail miserably…
Recently, there hasn’t been too much to complain about within the video game world of accessories. The biggest addition to gaming world right now is of course, ‘Virtual Reality’. But, we are not here to talk about the good bits and bats.. O no! Here are the top 10 worst video game accessories of all time!
10. Resident Evil Chainsaw Controller
Number 10 may be quite a controversial choice. In fact, it may even be the ultimate collector’s item for some… However, I don’t think I have ever come across such an awkward controller. I mean why make it a controller?… Unless… It was actually designed by leather-face himself!?
I don’t know, take a look at it, let us know what you think in the comments section when it comes to this one!
9. Nintendo Power Glove
The POWER GLOVE!!!… Pre-release the Power Glove gained a lot of public attention due to its early virtual reality mechanics and extravagant marketing. It was the accessory every kid wanted.. Hell, I still want one now just because they look cool.
However, there is a reason the power glove hits this list. Although it is ‘compatible with many games’ the two games that were made specifically for it (that’s right just two) did not sell well and the Power Glove was not packaged with a game.
Back to the Power Glove’s compatibility… Even though it could be used for many games chances are it would not work as well as you would expect it to. It was criticized for its imprecise and difficult-to-use controls as well as it just not working properly in general. Don’t worry Nintendo… The Power Glove will always be remember in the movie, or commercial ‘The Wizard’.
8. Alphagrip AG-5
Have you ever sat and thought to yourself while playing a game on your PC… ‘You know what I need, a controller that has 30,000 buttons and a trackball, surely that would make things easier?’
If this sounds like you then you are in for a treat with this one. The Alphagrip AG-5 is a ‘tooth shaped’ controller with who knows how many buttons. Supposedly if you get the hang of it you can type up to 50 words per minute with this thing… I still can’t think of a reason to actually want it but hey at least it works.
7. Konami Laser Scope
‘Fire! Fire! Fire!’ If you ever wanted to sound like a children’s Space toy this is the product for you.
The idea is you plug this in port 2 along with the zapper in port 1 (of course) and you get a little laser sight via the HUD. Interestingly you would need to shout “fire!” to get it to emulate pulling the trigger and shoot the target.
Upon release, the artwork and advertising of the product make it look awesome. I remember one advertisement in particular targeting parents that stated something like… ‘sit in peace as your child listens to the game through the headset’… While shouting FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!… Real peaceful.
I’ve got to say the hardware did work which is one thing but, it was unnecessary and uncomfortable. Hard plastic and constant moving of the head is not a good combination. Sorry Konami.
6. Nintendo R.O.B (Robotic Operating Buddy)
Surprisingly, the Nintendo R.O.B. shipped with the Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set for 2 whole years between 1985 to 1987… It is not an understatement however to say that’s about all it did.
Unfortunately, No matter how cool having a robot might sound, the R.O.B. quickly found itself in the cupboard… where it stayed. This is due to multiple reasons… It came with lots of easily lost, small parts, it required its own set of four AA batteries, it was tricky to set up properly, like the power glove it only worked with two games, and it added very little to the actual video game experience.
Nintendo, while trying to sell the NES in the US, included the robot as a gimmick but, shortly after sales of the NES took off, Nintendo binned R.O.B. from its NES set.
5. Wii Sports Pack
There isn’t much that can be said about these but, I am sure we have all seen them… With the Wii motion controllers sports like golf, tennis, and baseball were very popular. After the wii’s release, multiple manufacturers rushed to create flimsy plastic Wii Remote add-ons that made the controller more closely resemble a tennis racket, baseball bat, or golf club (among other things). Though the plastic bits did look ‘sporty’? they provided no benefit to game play.
4. Handy Boy
The ‘Handy Boy’ is an official “all in one accessory” for the original Game Boy. If you ever owned the original Game Boy and thought ‘I need to make this more bulky’ then you must have owned the Handy Boy.
This ‘accessory’ features two amplified external speakers that are positioned on each side of the screen (which don’t work very well), a square magnifier which has simple light for illumination (Which doesn’t work very well) and a thumb joystick can be clipped onto the Game Boy with or without the speakers and magnifier (pointless). Even with the option to ‘fold up’ the accessory there is no way this could fit in any normal pocket.
There is no screwing around with this STD product.
3. Sega Activator
During the height of fighting games like Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat, Sega released a ‘controller’ that let players control video game characters with real punches and kicks instead of sitting down pressing a button. This controller, the Activator, was an octagonal ring with eight different infrared zones.
The idea was, to play players would stand in the center of the ring and interrupt the invisible infrared beams bouncing off the ceiling by using their limbs. personally , I believe this to be a fairly good idea, pair this with something like modern VR and a seriously good fighting game could come of it… Unfortunately, the Sega Activator had a number of issues. It was complicated to set up, the controls were imprecise, it was very expensive… $80.00 to be exact and this was back in 1993. Not only this but, it was also cumbersome to use.
2. LJN Roll and Rocker
Do you remember ever thinking, ‘you know what would be great? Balancing on a ball and tilting my body to move the character on screen!’… No? Me neither.
Long before the days of ‘Wii Fit’ LJN (The bane of the retro gaming world) released the Roll & Rocker for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Instead of burdening the player with the quick and easy directional pad on the NES controller, a movable stand-on platform allowed players to shift their body weight to control a character on the screen… Imagine playing any game with this and you’ll understand why it failed miserably.
Stick Station (Atari) + Speed Board (NES)
At number one we have two very similar products, both about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
I’ll start with the Skywriter Stick Station, a $15 piece of solid wood for your Atari 2600 joystick. Simply put, it turned the handheld and easily portable Atari joystick into a huge, heavy non handheld one. I presume this was to simulate an arcade cabinet?… Honestly, I have no idea, it looks terrible and it seems everyone else thought the same… Wasn’t long before this product was taken from the shelves and used to make pool tables or something.
Now, The Speed Board, yes that is right a NES accessory that was designed to hold a controller so the user didn’t have to. The idea was that it would allow the player to press buttons faster. But in reality it is just a piece of plastic… another poorly received product. Production was halted very shortly after its release.
Dishonourable mention – Kinect
I could go on about the Kinect for some time but i’ll save that for another day.
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