Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

How the Nintendo Power Glove Worked


Author's Note: How the Nintendo Power Glove Worked

My first gaming console was the Atari 5200. This system had the dubious distinction of premiering one of the worst controllers ever — a rectangular plastic box with a joystick that never remained centered and sloppy, unresponsive buttons. In spite of that, we still managed to have an amazing amount of fun with that Atari. Sadly, most Power Glove owners can't say the same.

Related Articles

More Great Links

Sources

  • Abrams Gentile Entertainment. "Power Glove." (March 13, 2015) http://www.ageinc.com/tech/index.html
  • Australia ABC 2. "Backwards Compatible — the Power Glove." May 19, 2008. (March 13, 2015) http://www.abc.net.au/tv/goodgame/stories/s2248843.htm
  • Burton, Bonnie. "Today's Teens Unimpressed by Nintendo's Retro Power Glove Controller." CNET.com. Feb. 9, 2015. (March 13, 2015) http://www.cnet.com/news/teens-try-out-retro-gaming-power-glove/
  • Diver, Mike. "A Brief Look at the Worst Gadgets Video Gaming History." Vice. Feb. 10, 2015. (March 13, 2015) http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-power-glove-sucked-but-its-not-the-worst-gaming-gadget-514
  • Gardener, Dana L. "The Power Glove." Design News. Dec. 4, 1989. (March 13, 2015) http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/bibuxton/buxtoncollection/a/pdf/powerglove%20design%20news%20%20article.pdf
  • Harris, Craig. "Top 10 Tuesday: Worst Game Controllers." IGN. Feb. 21, 2006. (March 13, 2015) http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/02/22/top-10-tuesday-worst-game-controllers
  • Higgins, Chris. "This Guy Uses a Nintendo Power Glove for Work." Mental Floss. Jan. 15, 2014. (March 13, 2015) http://mentalfloss.com/uk/technology/26923/this-guy-uses-a-nintendo-power-glove-for-work
  • Higgins, Chris. "The Wizard, the Power Glove and Children in Peril." Mental Floss. Oct. 28, 2011. (March 13, 2015) http://mentalfloss.com/article/29101/wizard-power-glove-and-children-peril
  • Makuch, Eddie. "Power Glove Documentary on the Way." Gamespot. July 10, 2013. (March 13, 2015) http://www.gamespot.com/articles/power-glove-documentary-on-the-way/1100-6411244/
  • Minton, Turner. "Animator Transforms Nintendo Power Glove into Stop-Motion Animation Tool." Paste Magazine. Jan. 15, 2015. (March 13, 2015) http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/01/animator-transforms-nintendo-power-glove-into-stop.html
  • Vanhemert, Kyle. "This Guy Hacked an NES Power Glove into a Sweet Animation Tool." Wired. Jan. 16, 2015. (March 13, 2015) http://www.wired.com/2015/01/guy-hacked-nes-power-glove-sweet-animation-tool/
  • Wolbe, Trent. "Status Symbols: Nintendo Power Glove." The Verge. Jan. 14, 2014. (March 13, 2015) http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/14/5307370/status-symbols-nintendo-power-glove

More to Explore