Nintendo dropped some serious knowledge about their upcoming Switch console last night. It’s out March 3rd, and will only cost about $300. They next-gen portability and hi-tech “Joy Con” controllers look like they’ll be changing the game with some seriously clever Nintendo innovation. But the new gaming ideas haven’t all been winners over the decades. Here are just some of the more bizarre accessories and peripherals for Nintendo systems.
The Donkey Kong Bongos. Designed for one game, though they were compatible with others. How do you play Smash Bros with bongos though?
With a total of 9 games compatible and only released in Japan, it’s the N64 Disc Drive.
It’s an iconic image now, but originally the R.O.B. robot only worked with 2 games and did a better job at scaring pets.
This Gameboy… thing was designed with comfort in mind. It might not look comfortable, but imagine playing games and getting knocked out with gas just before a dental procedure. Come to think of it, I’d use this as an adult.
The WorkBoy was a desperate attempt to legitimize the GameBoy to people who think games are just for kids. It didn’t do well, but at the time it was quite an accomplishment. Now we have iPhones..
The HandyBoy doubled the weight and bulked up the profile of your GameBoy to add speakers, bigger buttons, lights, a magnifying glass, and presumably a swiss army knife. It took even more batteries that would be dead after one session, and I totally had one. Completely unnecessary.
Pocket Sonar… So you can use your GameBoy to.. find… fish…..
SINGER actually made a sewing machine that worked with GameBoy Colour. For real.
Pop this into your GameBoy and you’ve got a radio! But you probably already had a WalkMan at the time this came out.
This was about as good as the quality could get for the 8bit GameBoy Camera..
The GameBoy Camera and Printer. So you can take awful 8bit photos and keep them forever on receipt paper.