10 Totally Pointless Gaming Accessories

With video game developers forever trying to innovative their craft, be it with more cinematic storytelling and outstanding graphics, there’s…

Shaun Munro

Contributor

With video game developers forever trying to innovative their craft, be it with more cinematic storytelling and outstanding graphics, there’s the other side of the coin, the attempt to wow players with an array of hardware peripherals, accessories and gimmicks, some of which work – light guns, the Nintendo Wii’s motion control, Microsoft Kinnect, PlayStation Move, Hell, even Sega Bass Fishing’s rod works – and others which just seem head-smackingly pointless in their conception.

Sometimes it’s clear that a third-party developer has attempted to cash-in on what they perceive to be a gap or niche in the market, but the result is something so mind-bogglingly misguided that the only logical response is laughter, as gamers the world over did when looking at the following products.

Here are 10 totally pointless gaming accessories…

 

10. N64 Controller Glove

Ah, the Nintendo Power Supplies Catalogue, offering us the newest innovations from the boffins at Nintendo. Here’s one product that doesn’t have the get-out clause of being developed independently; it was fully created and endorsed by Nintendo, making its status as one of the most pointless money-grabbing schemes in video game history seem all that more embarrassing. In the case of a hormonal imbalance in which your young, teenage hands are just uncontrollably greasy despite multiple washes, fear no more, for the Nintendo 64 Controller Glove is hear to soak it all in! This glove purportedly proves greater grip and therefore easier controls, but really, who has ever had trouble using an N64 controller?

Though the foam padding actually feels pretty nice – and that’s the sole reason it’s not higher on the list – there’s really no point to this peripheral beyond giving the controllers a different, more unique look for when your friends come around. But Nintendo didn’t even have the good sense to manufacture Zelda or Mario-branded gloves, so, really, it’s no wonder these things quickly faded into obscurity.