LaserScope

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The Konami LaserScope

The Konami LaserScope is a head-mounted light gun used with and licensed for the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. It was originally released in 1990 in Japan for the Famicom under the name Gun Sight.[1]

It was designed for the game Laser Invasion, but works with any game compatible with the NES Zapper.[2][3] In the United States, Laser Invasion came with a coupon for a $5 discount for the LaserScope.[4]

It is voice-activated, firing a shot whenever the wearer says "fire" (although some reviewers criticized its ability to do so[2][5]). The headset also includes an eyepiece with a crosshair that sits in front of the wearer's right eye.[6]

The LaserScope is powered through the audio port of the NES, allowing it to function as headphones for the NES.[6]

Reception[edit]

The LaserScope received negative reviews for its poor microphone technology; users complained that saying anything into the microphone would cause the LaserScope to fire, including background noise.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LaserScope". Retrieved 2011-10-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Ewalt, David M. (May 29, 2012). "The Konami LaserScope". Forbes. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Blizzard of improved products unveiled at electronics show". Observer-Reporter. AP. June 2, 1990. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Link (August 7, 2009). "NES Nintendo Konami Laserscope Headset". gameSniped. Rare Video Game Auctions. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Laserscope". NES Player. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b -RoG-. "The Konami LaserScope!". I-Mockery. Retrieved 15 November 2014.