The best NES accessories that failed big time
When it comes to Nintendo video game consoles, the most popular would have to be the original NES. Officially called the Nintendo Entertainment System, it was considered the best when it comes to 16-bit video games in the 1980s and early 1990s. Back then, if you have a Nintendo, kids would flock to your house to trade games. with you. But like I said, that was a long time ago. My original NES is safely stored in my cabinet, along with its many accessories. Oh yeah, the NES had a lot of accessories too, as did Nintendo’s Wii, Sony’s Playstation 3, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. And let me also tell you that the NES probably has the most accessories ever made for a single video game console. . Unfortunately, there are only a few accessories that I consider successful, such as the NES Max and NES Advantage controllers. The others are obvious failures.
So since I’m feeling nostalgic, let’s take a look at the best NES accessories that failed. Big moment.
1. The glove of power
Surprisingly, Nintendo didn’t actually make the Power Glove. It was designed and manufactured by Grant Goddard and Cooper Davis and Mattel brought it to life. It resembles a glove with a mini NES controller on the wrist. Supposedly, the Power Glove allows you to grab objects or move the cursor on the screen. Only two games were released for this accessory, Super Glove Ball and Bad Street Brawler. Out of curiosity (and the TV commercial looked amazing!), I actually saved all my lunch money to buy the Power Glove. The only game I got was the Super Glove Ball; It’s basically just a game that allows me to use the Power Glove to catch and throw balls on the game screen. Regardless, the glove doesn’t work all the time and has been considered the worst Nintendo console accessory in history.
2. The Roll & Rocker
If you look at LJN’s Roll & Rocker, it’s the predecessor to Wii Fit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work the way it does with the Wii. I personally haven’t had one since my parents, although it was ridiculous. Also, they couldn’t bear to have their only daughter playing video games instead of Barbie dolls! Regardless, I’ve seen a friend wear this on a Saturday night and boy was she disappointed. The thing does not work at all. Although I am not surprised; The LJNs have had a reputation for making bad games, so I’m not surprised by Roll & Rocker’s performance.
3. The Konami laser sight
The Konami laser sight is what my brothers hated the most. Hated because it destroyed his childhood dreams of experiencing what it feels like to be a fighter jet pilot. Well, the Laser Scope looks like a kind of pilot’s helmet, so you probably want to wear it while playing fighter jet games. The only bad thing is the way he shoots; you literally say (or yell) “FIRE!” which is really annoying, especially if you are trying to play your NES at night. Imagine a Sunday night where you are stealthily playing with your laser sight and yelling “Fire!” A surefire way to get in trouble with your parents!
4. The Light Zapper
Hope for? The Light Zapper? How did this get on the list? Well, you would be surprised to know that I have five Light Zappers in my cabinet and all of them used to work for a few days or months only until I literally gave up when the fifth broke. The Light Zapper uses a light system that freezes your TV screen to black with a white lens. When light reflects off the Zapper, it connects to the target on the screen. But this comes out completely random; which means that you could lose your target even if you aim the Zapper close to the target. However, I’m not sure if it has something to do with the model of the TV.