Throwback Thursday - The Weirdest Accessories Volume 1
Companies love to make video game accessories to cash in on a system's popularity at a particular given time. Today we take a look at a few of these such anomalies in volume 1 of our "Weirdest Accessories" series.
1. The Aura Interactor
Essentially a vest with speakers, this product launched in the early 1990s at the height of the 16-bit era. Marketed directly to Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis users, players could "feel the action" while wearing this. I picked one of these up at a garage sale a few years ago, it is beyond bizarre. Works best with Mortal Kombat. The speaker essentially amplifies parts of the sound effects channel from the game system and the vibrations rock your body throughout. Really it feels like you were standing too close to a speaker at that one concert you went to in college.
2. Blob Light for Game Boy Color
The Game Boy color system brought Nintendo portable gaming out of the monochrome world but for got to include the one thing that the Sega Game Gear did right, a back light. A cost cutting and battery saving measure for sure, this still required gamers to play in adequate lighting. Many different accesories solved this problem with magnifiers, or "Worm Lights" which resembled book lights for reading. Another approach was to target the 6-12 male demographic with the gross looking Blob light. Nothing screams cooler than a slime monster growing on your Game Boy Color.
3. Lara Croft Memory Card for PlayStation
Sony and Nintendo were all about the memory card add on for their systems in the late 90's. Everyone had to have a memory card to save your season in Madden or mark your place in Resident Evil 2. Tomb Raider had three successful games on the system when this oddity was released, the official Lara Croft memory card. Someone thought that Lara was so popular that they should recreate her from the waist up in memory card form. It's also a "Collector's Edition" and only 200,000 were made. Fun Fact, this should still work in your PlayStation 3 today with your PS1 Classic games.