The Power Glove is an iconic NES controller accessory that was originally released in 1989. For Nintendo fans, it is a love and hate relationship, helping to establish Nintendo within pop culture, paving the way for future technology, but also becoming the butt of jokes. It was most prominently known for its role within the Nintendo-produced film released in the same year, The Wizard.
With such a prestigious status, what happens when you place the Nintendo relic of yesteryear in the hands of a bunch of teenagers?
Enter the Teens React YouTube Channel. With the testers labelling it as the “Wii before the Wii”, claiming they feel more powerful when wearing the glove and making comparisons to various other modern devices such as the Oculus Rift.
The play session results are far from stunning, with the teenagers having classic control troubles whilst playing an array of games including Punch-Out!!. The general verdict amongst the group is that it was an idea ahead of its time, but a poorly executed one at that – with technology standards being the ultimate setback.
In saying that, the teenagers did admit it obviously went onto pioneer an entire sub-industry and culture within modern gaming, and finished off with the famous quote from The Wizard turned meme:
I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.
Take a look at the videos below and let us know in the comments if you’ve had the honour of using the almighty Power Glove.