NES Accessories Title Card

As the Nerd said himself, "You have a game, and a controller. That's the way it goes." But sometimes that wasn't enough, as he said. Nintendo was always finding new, creative ways to make and play their games, so they made several accessories, of which the Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed, along with the Super Scope for the SNES. Though the idea of accessories isn't as popular today as it was then, seeing that Nintendo is the only company today making them, such as the Wii-mote Nunchuck, or the Wii-Zapper. There were two other accessories he reviewed, the Power Glove, and R.O.B. the Robot, but each of these had their own individual episode.




Get to the Zappa!

But everyone just called it "The Gun." The most well known of the NES accessories, for it's debut with Duck Hunt, the best known NES shooting game. The gun works like this: after you pull the trigger, the screen will go completely black for a fraction of a second, except for a white box on top of where your target is when the screen is normal. The gun will detect if you hit the box of light, and if so, the target you shot will die, if you missed it, your target will survive, hence the term "light gun."

Super Scope


The fire button isn't on that back handle, no, it's right under the aiming scope.

Actually, this particular accessory was released for the SNES, being the Super Nintendo equivalent to the NES Zapper. Except this is completely wireless, so it doesn't use light detection like it's counterpart. It has a sensor like the Wii, it takes six AA batteries, and it drains them quickly. It also apparently has extremely bad aim. The Nerd said he fired in the same place and the shots just went everywhere. And it's unlikely it's the TV's fault because it uses a sensor, unlike the "Light Gun."

Miracle Piano


"It's a miracle to if I can figure this shit out."

This had only one game for the NES, and there was Sega Genesis version. It's a keyboard/piano lesson where there are two games: play the song right or a robot walking on a conveyor belt dies, or play the song right to blow up a bunch of ducks. Although you can cheat the duck game by randomly mashing the keyboard. This keyboard is actually available for other systems as well.

Power Pad


The two versions of the Power Pad, the one on the right is the one AVGN had.

The present-day equivalent being Dance Dance Revolution, you lay the Power Pad on the ground like Twister, and you use it for running games such as World Class Track Meet. This was made as a family sort of thing, but according to the Nerd, most kids back in the day just played by themselves in their rooms, so their parents would hear stomping, and their pets would piss on it. For some odd reason, this makes the AVGN feel he needs an anal evacuation.



Get'cher worthless piece of plastic, only $39.95!!!

"What is it? It's a piece of fucking plastic." The Speedboard (like the name implies) was made to "put the speed at your fingertips", though it's construction doesn't let you grip the controller, which is a big problem. Though it was made by a third-party company, Pressman, it was actually licensed by Nintendo. "It's like covering a turd in ice cream sprinkles."

Konami LaserScope


Yeah, 'cause i'm gonna look so cool walking around listening to my iPod with this fucking thing on my head!

Though the Nerd loves Konami, he said this thing reeks of ass. The LaserScope is essentially another form of the Zapper, except voice controlled. You shout "Fire!" and it activates, but you can really say anything, which the Nerd uses his dirty mouth to take advantage of. It also advertises on the box that "Parents will love what they don't hear: While the LaserScope surrounds the player with the sounds of exciting gameplay action, non-players can listen to music, read a book, talk on the phone, or have a conversation in the same room." Though that's a blatant lie when the player's always shouting "FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!" Another advertisement is that you can connect it to your Walkman or Game Boy to use as headphones.

Roll N' Rocker


The biggest shit-biscuit you've ever seen.

Modern day equivalent being the Wii Fit, the Roll n' Rocker was made so the player can stand on it and rock around to control the D-pad. And you can plug in the normal controller to use the red buttons, which defeats the purpose of the thing completely. The Nerd said every game reacts to it different, but none of them work, best example being Metal Gear doing absolutely nothing. You also can't be more than 100 lbs., so the Nerd tested it with his cat Boo, but that didn't work either. I don't think Boo liked it a whole lot either. The Nerd said this is the most worthless accessory, and when asking who made this, he found it was LJN, the maker of several terrible licensed games the Nerd had reviewed before. Of course.



You STILL can't land the plane.

The U-force opens up like a laptop and looks like electronic Battleship at first glance. It uses a 3-Dimensional Invisible Power Field, so, for example, if you were to use it with Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (where you have to put a little bar into a slot), you can actually move your hands through the air as if you were punching to attack.

Or, with Top Gun, you stick a joystick thing into the slot (like in the picture) and control it like an actual plane joystick. Every game comes with a specific code, kind of like the Power Glove codes.

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