What Were They Thinking: The Super Scope

Let’s see what mistake the video game world has brought to us today in the next entry of our ongoing series entitled What Were They Thinking. If anybody out there is unsure about what’s going on here, please check out our previous article for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that wanted to take a step forward for shooting games, but had too many problems with it in order to make that dream come true. What am I talking about you might ask? Read on to find out.

The third item that we are going to talk about today came out during the Super Nintendo’s lifespan in the 90’s. With the zapper already being a huge success for the NES, Nintendo wanted to try something different for their new system, and that’s where the Super Scope comes in. It was an ambitious idea that tried to introduce new technology using a sensor instead of light to make firing a gun onscreen more accurate. This was a nice idea in theory, but it was met with mixed results, and here’s why.

First things first, the gun itself was shaped more like a bazooka instead of a pistol, which made handling the device for long play sessions uncomfortable to say the least. Another issue was the fact that this thing needed somewhere around six batteries or so in order to make it work, and when they only last for a couple of hours or so, things can get pricey. Finally, and this is most important, the actual sensor that came with the gun didn’t work either. The targeting reticule never got anywhere close to an enemy,  and when the whole point of a game is to have accurate shots to take down your foes, not being able to do so can be a serious problem.

The reason why I brought this to your attention is a strange one, so just bare with me here ok? My girlfriend and I were having a discussion recently about what we considered the worst movies of all time to be, and I told her mine was Super Mario Bros.. Despite how awful it was, there was a scene where Koopa took out a Super Scope and turned somebody into a monkey, and that is what encouraged me to write this article. Yes, I know that’s strange and all, but the point I’m making is that if the only thing an accessory is remembered for is having a moment in a critically panned film, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

The Super Scope was a nice idea and all,  but it proved to be more of an ambitious idea than a functional one in the long run.

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Marc Villa
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What's up guys. My name is Marc and I am the Editor-in-Chief here @ PlayStation Insider. I have been writing about video games and tech since 2010. I have a strong passion for video game trends and all things buzzing in the gaming industry. Add me on Playstation Network "illmaticcrook"