Famous safety innovations, infamous recalls

Nov 12, 2007

In honour of those new rubbery flotation devices for Wii remotes, here’s our fave gaming safety innovations and product recalls.

1) Warning
Every game manual comes with a seldom-heeded warning to take regular breaks during play. The agonising Virtual Boy was the only console that actually enforced the rule, activating a pause screen every few minutes so users could rest their aching eyes.

2) Blister glove
Nintendo famously offered special gloves to protect against shredded hands caused by energetic rotation in some of the original Mario Party minigames, but we’ve never actually seen one of these rare gaming collectables. Did they too get shredded?

3) Danger! Egg!
Delicious Nintendo ‘jelly pops’ crafted in the shape of Mario. That’s our idea of a wholesome snack, and if they happen to contain bonus egg protein then surely it’s a good thing in terms of nutritional value. Unfortunately said egg protein wasn’t declared on the label, so the poor old jelly pops were gathered up, melted down and flushed into the sea.

4) Games ‘n’ music ‘n’ oh my!
Datel makes a cart called Games ‘n’ Music - a collection of 25 homebrew games on your DS. Earlier this year, they recalled the whole lot after Doublons, a freebie game bundled with the cart, was found to contain loads of erotic fantasy art. Including, we noticed in our research, the image from the Game Over ad for C64, which caused a big fuss in the late ’80s. And a turtle.


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