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20 Years On, The Power Glove is Still Awesomely Bad

Posted by Damien McFerran

“I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.”

When Lucas Barton uttered those immortal words in the 1989 movie The Wizard it made every single Nintendo fan on the face of the planet want one.

The reality was a little less impressive, but thankfully modder Matt Mechtley is ensuring that this iconic peripheral isn’t forgotten; he’s tinkered around with it to add additional functionality, although he’s yet to actually code any programs that take advantage of it.

Matt had this to say:

It's been 20 years now since Mattel released the Power Glove, in 1989. Especially in the last few years, the availability of sophisticated sensing equipment to hardware hackers has grown by leaps and bounds. Technology like programmable microcontrollers, accelerometers, and Bluetooth are readily available - and cheap. In short, the time is ripe to re-make the Power Glove - and make it right.

Amen to that. Nintendo fandom salutes you, Matt!


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User Comments (14)



Corbs said:

I dug mine out a few months back and you're right, it's as bad now as it ever was. What piece of junk.



TwilightV said:

They should make commercials for VC games. They could use the slogan: Now Your Playing With Power: Old School Power! I can almost guarantee downloads will increase. XD



antdickens said:

Pretty much the most iconic hardware in the entire gaming history, how on earth did it ever get released?!



Big_A2 said:

"They should make commercials for VC games. They could use the slogan: Now Your Playing With Power: Old School Power! I can almost guarantee downloads will increase."

Not like it'll ever happen. However, I once mentioned somewhere on the interent that the slogon should be "Now your playing with power, AGAIN!"



goldwyvern said:

@4 because they knew the best speed metal/video game cover band ever would take the product's name. look up the band powerglove now



Chunky_Droid said:

The Power Glove is like the only NES peripheral that evades me, I'll have to look up E-Bay now



Ren said:

interesting how it basically could do what it was supposed to now with a wii remote strapped to it - especially one with Motion +. It'll be cool to get one and embed a remote in it just for the nostalgia.



thewiirocks said:

The funny part is that it's not that the Power Glove was such a horrible idea. In fact, it was very popular in VR circles of the time. (I still have my parallel port converter that I built!) The biggest problem with the Power Glove was that it was a 3D input device trying to make a go of it in a 2D world. When playing games in 2D, the device simply wasn't that useful. (Ok, so point left to go left, right to go right, twitch your fingers for buttons... GAH! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?! Center, center, center...)

If there had been more games designed with the Power Glove in mind, it might have been a more interesting peripheral. Unfortunately, the library pretty much started and ended at Super Glove Ball. Which was exceedingly boring. Worse yet, it proved that the NES just wasn't a powerful enough system to be contemplating 3D. That would have to wait until at least the next generation and something called the SuperFX chip...



Kawaiipikachu said:

I have heard of it a few years ago but only recently I learns that it uses simaluar priciple to the Wii Remotes sensor technology.



Kid_A said:

I still don't really know what it did, exactly. But it sure looks pretty badass!




The power glove looked cool with it's old school sleek design but just could not perform to save it's life (as mine sits in a box) but then again the U-FORCE was no better! but nintendo was way ahead of time and everybody else with their crazy designs and peripherals! who ever played a game with a robot back then but us and nintendo? (rob) i still play with my rob the robot and gyromite because i just do not see that game coming to vc without rob......rob should make a come back.



Mike1 said:

A complete piece of junk. I tried it at friends house once, and wow was it a pain to use. Love the Angry Video Game Nerd's review of it.

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