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Ahead of the game: programme vs scheme the weird Nintendo tech programme vs scheme that programme vs scheme time programme vs scheme forgot

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Unlike other big companies programme vs scheme dominating the gaming market, Nintendo programme vs scheme came from humble beginnings. Starting programme vs scheme out programme vs scheme as a programme vs scheme card factory and toy maker, the company programme vs scheme has programme vs scheme always tried programme vs scheme new, interesting and programme vs scheme unique things when it comes to programme vs scheme gaming innovation. 

Without Nintendo’s programme vs scheme out-of-the-box ideas, the company may programme vs scheme have never come programme vs scheme into programme vs scheme such massive programme vs scheme successes such as the Wii or the programme vs scheme DS. The House of programme vs scheme Mario programme vs scheme has always programme vs scheme played by its own programme vs scheme rules, even programme vs scheme if those programme vs scheme rules were programme vs scheme to make programme vs scheme sure your wrist strap was programme vs scheme secured and programme vs scheme tightly fastened. 

But, with all its successes programme vs scheme has also programme vs scheme come programme vs scheme many a failure, and a plethora programme vs scheme of just downright programme vs scheme weird ideas. programme vs scheme So we've programme vs scheme rounded up five of Nintendo's weirdest programme vs scheme gaming peripherals for programme vs scheme your perusal - programme vs scheme and amusement.

Satellaview

It’s taken a long programme vs scheme time for Nintendo programme vs scheme to find its programme vs scheme feet when it programme vs scheme comes to online gaming, but it was programme vs scheme actually one of the programme vs scheme first companies programme vs scheme to dabble programme vs scheme with it. 

If programme vs scheme you were a rich kid programme vs scheme in Japan in 1995, then programme vs scheme you’re probably more than familiar with programme vs scheme the Satellaview. The programme vs scheme Satellaview programme vs scheme seen Nintendo programme vs scheme partnering up with programme vs scheme broadcasting company programme vs scheme St. Giga and, through the use of programme vs scheme satellite broadcasting, the peripheral allowed kids to programme vs scheme access games, programme vs scheme magazines and other forms of media programme vs scheme on programme vs scheme their SNES’.

The Satellaview programme vs scheme itself was an programme vs scheme attachment for the SNES programme vs scheme (Super Famicom in Japan) and allowed the console programme vs scheme to programme vs scheme connect to a programme vs scheme BS tuner (BS programme vs scheme being the unfortunate branding programme vs scheme they programme vs scheme decided to go with). The BS programme vs scheme tuner was a satellite programme vs scheme subscription service provided by St. programme vs scheme Giga programme vs scheme and was programme vs scheme also needed to programme vs scheme play the programme vs scheme Satellaview. But with the Satellaview costing programme vs scheme roughly programme vs scheme $150, programme vs scheme and a subscription for programme vs scheme the BS tuner being $54 programme vs scheme a month, most people's dreams programme vs scheme of owning a programme vs scheme Satellaview programme vs scheme was light years away. Talk about BS.

However, the Satellaview was a pretty programme vs scheme cool idea. programme vs scheme Along with programme vs scheme the many games that were programme vs scheme available to play programme vs scheme on the peripheral, programme vs scheme there were programme vs scheme also timed programme vs scheme broadcasts which programme vs scheme allowed access to programme vs scheme special programme vs scheme editions of certain games. For example, BS programme vs scheme Zelda saw programme vs scheme the option to programme vs scheme replace Link with an avatar programme vs scheme character, had voice programme vs scheme acting and an orchestral score. All programme vs scheme of this content programme vs scheme was a programme vs scheme lot of programme vs scheme data at the time for the programme vs scheme SNES programme vs scheme and programme vs scheme broadcasting allowed these big files to programme vs scheme be shared - something programme vs scheme which was very programme vs scheme ahead of its time.

As programme vs scheme a lot of the content programme vs scheme was broadcasted, a lot of Satellaview content programme vs scheme is now lost to time. programme vs scheme But Nintendo fans have managed to programme vs scheme find programme vs scheme some remnants programme vs scheme of programme vs scheme this content programme vs scheme and have uploaded it programme vs scheme online, but a lot of it hasn't programme vs scheme stood the test of programme vs scheme time and programme vs scheme is probably rotting away programme vs scheme at Nintendo’s headquarters somewhere.

Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure

What programme vs scheme better way to programme vs scheme get kids to learn programme vs scheme an important life skill programme vs scheme such as programme vs scheme typing but programme vs scheme by programme vs scheme infusing it with what they already programme vs scheme love: Pokemon! And programme vs scheme Learn programme vs scheme with Pokémon: Typing Adventure programme vs scheme did programme vs scheme exactly that.

The DS programme vs scheme game came packaged programme vs scheme with a programme vs scheme wireless Bluetooth keyboard which connected programme vs scheme to programme vs scheme the game cartridge programme vs scheme and programme vs scheme required kids to programme vs scheme correctly type a Pokémon's name programme vs scheme in order to programme vs scheme capture it. There were 403 different Pokémon programme vs scheme available to programme vs scheme capture, with the game taking roughly programme vs scheme two hours to programme vs scheme complete.

At first glance the idea of programme vs scheme combining education and Pokémon programme vs scheme seems programme vs scheme like programme vs scheme a logical fit to teach programme vs scheme young people a necessary skill, programme vs scheme until you realize 'Rayquaza' programme vs scheme and 'Spoink' probably programme vs scheme aren’t programme vs scheme words programme vs scheme kids will programme vs scheme likely run into in life. 

The programme vs scheme game only saw release programme vs scheme in programme vs scheme Japan programme vs scheme and PAL regions; programme vs scheme while the programme vs scheme keyboard typically came programme vs scheme in programme vs scheme white, with a black version being a programme vs scheme Japan-only exclusive. The keys programme vs scheme on programme vs scheme the programme vs scheme keyboard programme vs scheme were changed to adapt programme vs scheme to each country’s programme vs scheme own configuration respectively and had capabilities programme vs scheme to connect to programme vs scheme other Bluetooth devices, programme vs scheme with the home button working with programme vs scheme the Nintendo Wii. Even programme vs scheme though Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure was obscure, programme vs scheme it still managed to sell programme vs scheme well.

Wii Vitality Sensor & N64 Bio Sensor

Nintendo’s Wii Vitality sensor programme vs scheme was announced in 2009: the programme vs scheme era of Wii Fit. programme vs scheme It was a time when programme vs scheme the success of motion controls programme vs scheme was programme vs scheme arguably at an all-time programme vs scheme high and programme vs scheme Nintendo was programme vs scheme gradually changing programme vs scheme its marketing to programme vs scheme focus on programme vs scheme families. 

The Wii Vitality programme vs scheme Sensor was a unique add-on which measured programme vs scheme your heart rate. However, this device died programme vs scheme before much was even known about it. President programme vs scheme of Nintendo at the programme vs scheme time, Satoru Iwata, announced programme vs scheme that the product would programme vs scheme be discontinued programme vs scheme in 2013, claiming that programme vs scheme the reason for this was due programme vs scheme to programme vs scheme the product not working programme vs scheme as well programme vs scheme as the company had hoped.

But programme vs scheme this wasn’t Nintendo’s first crack at a programme vs scheme heart rate sensor. programme vs scheme In 1998, Japan had Tetris programme vs scheme 64, which programme vs scheme came with a heart rate monitor programme vs scheme that programme vs scheme dangled off programme vs scheme of programme vs scheme your earlobe programme vs scheme and programme vs scheme into the controller programme vs scheme - programme vs scheme adding a programme vs scheme whole new meaning to programme vs scheme the word programme vs scheme game programme vs scheme 'accessory'. This peripheral was called programme vs scheme the N64 Bio Sensor and programme vs scheme measured your heart programme vs scheme rate, programme vs scheme making programme vs scheme the game programme vs scheme trickier with programme vs scheme abnormal shaped programme vs scheme blocks programme vs scheme appearing the programme vs scheme more stressed programme vs scheme a player was. 

As heart rate programme vs scheme monitors go, none programme vs scheme of these peripherals programme vs scheme were popular enough to programme vs scheme have programme vs scheme Nintendo fans' hearts racing, so Nintendo programme vs scheme soon pulled the programme vs scheme plug programme vs scheme on this accessory. Tetris programme vs scheme 64 programme vs scheme was the only game to use programme vs scheme the N64 Bio programme vs scheme Sensor.

E-Reader

Like the programme vs scheme Satellaview, the e-Reader was another programme vs scheme peripheral designed to let programme vs scheme players access programme vs scheme extra content programme vs scheme from Nintendo games programme vs scheme - as well as new content programme vs scheme entirely. But his time it was programme vs scheme done, not through programme vs scheme satellite programme vs scheme broadcasting, but through programme vs scheme swiping cards. 

The programme vs scheme e-Reader was an attachment for the programme vs scheme Game Boy Advance programme vs scheme and, when swiped with certain cards, worked programme vs scheme with games such as programme vs scheme Pokemon Ruby programme vs scheme and Sapphire, Super Mario Advance 4 and even programme vs scheme Animal programme vs scheme Crossing programme vs scheme (when programme vs scheme used on a GameCube). 

Cards were bought programme vs scheme separately in packs and programme vs scheme used specialized codes imprinted on them to store programme vs scheme data. programme vs scheme There was even a set of Pokemon trading programme vs scheme cards programme vs scheme which were compatible with programme vs scheme the programme vs scheme e-Reader and, when programme vs scheme swiped, unlocked mini-games, programme vs scheme music, a programme vs scheme Pokédex-like page for your cards programme vs scheme and sometimes even programme vs scheme extra programme vs scheme attacks for your Pokémon cards. 

More great programme vs scheme features programme vs scheme of the e-Reader included a real-life Mario programme vs scheme Party board programme vs scheme game with mini-games being programme vs scheme playable programme vs scheme on programme vs scheme the Gameboy Advance, as well programme vs scheme as programme vs scheme the ability to programme vs scheme unlock rare items, programme vs scheme town programme vs scheme tunes and send letters to programme vs scheme certain programme vs scheme villagers on the programme vs scheme GameCube’s Animal Crossing. programme vs scheme There programme vs scheme was even programme vs scheme compatibility with Pokemon Colosseum and programme vs scheme F-Zero: Legend programme vs scheme of Falcon. 

The e-Reader did well programme vs scheme in programme vs scheme Japan, programme vs scheme lasting from 2001 to programme vs scheme 2008. programme vs scheme Outside of Japan, people programme vs scheme seemed less keen programme vs scheme on the idea and it programme vs scheme was seen as a programme vs scheme failure. programme vs scheme The e-reader ran programme vs scheme from 2002 to programme vs scheme 2004 in programme vs scheme Northern America, seen a programme vs scheme short one year availability period programme vs scheme in Australia and was programme vs scheme due to programme vs scheme come to programme vs scheme Europe at programme vs scheme some point - but that never happened. programme vs scheme Nintendo programme vs scheme has programme vs scheme always had unorthodox programme vs scheme methods in giving fans programme vs scheme more programme vs scheme content but, for now, it may programme vs scheme be programme vs scheme safe programme vs scheme to say that programme vs scheme DLC is the way forward.

Robot Operating Buddy (R.O.B.)

Most Nintendo fans programme vs scheme will programme vs scheme be programme vs scheme familiar with R.O.B: programme vs scheme the Wall-e esque character from programme vs scheme Super Smash Bros. programme vs scheme But R.O.B. wasn't programme vs scheme born from the Super Smash Bros. series, programme vs scheme instead it's inspired by a gaming peripheral from programme vs scheme the beginning of programme vs scheme the NES’ programme vs scheme life. 

R.O.B. was a programme vs scheme battery-operated Robot programme vs scheme which, with NES controller programme vs scheme in programme vs scheme hand, would operate as a 'player programme vs scheme 2' to aid in everyone’s popular programme vs scheme NES games, Gyromite and Stack Up. These programme vs scheme were two-player programme vs scheme games programme vs scheme in which R.O.B could interact with - meaning programme vs scheme you didn't need a real-life actual player programme vs scheme to programme vs scheme play with programme vs scheme you.

R.O.B.'s programme vs scheme timely invention came about due programme vs scheme to the infamous 'Video Game Crash' programme vs scheme of 1983. Due programme vs scheme to games not doing programme vs scheme so well during that period, programme vs scheme Nintendo prompted to market programme vs scheme the programme vs scheme NES as the programme vs scheme Nintendo Entertainment System - programme vs scheme rather programme vs scheme than a video games console. This helped programme vs scheme to avoid programme vs scheme any references to programme vs scheme games and, alongside R.O.B which programme vs scheme came with programme vs scheme the system, helped distinguish the programme vs scheme hardware from programme vs scheme gaming. The NES and R.O.B. bundle was programme vs scheme released to programme vs scheme critical success. 

After the crash, programme vs scheme R.O.B was long forgotten about, but programme vs scheme the programme vs scheme robot buddy has been hailed as programme vs scheme a savior, scapegoat and a Trojan programme vs scheme horse. His legacy lives on programme vs scheme in the many programme vs scheme cameo programme vs scheme appearances he’s programme vs scheme made in Star Tropics, F-Zero GX, programme vs scheme Kirby’s Dreamland 3, programme vs scheme the Wario Ware series, programme vs scheme Pikmin 2, Super Mario Maker programme vs scheme and programme vs scheme as playable characters in programme vs scheme the well programme vs scheme known Mario Kart DS and programme vs scheme the Super programme vs scheme Smash Bros series. programme vs scheme Gone but never programme vs scheme forgotten.