While Nintendo may no longer rule the home console world, one thing you can never take away from them is their constant desire to experiment and innovate, especially when it comes to peripherals for their systems. Over many years, and several console generations, Nintendo has released a staggering amount of add-on hardware for everything they make. Some have been massive successes, some have been horrible failures, but many of them are still remembered by gamers everywhere, especially the ones on this list.
10. Zapper (NES)
The good old orange and gray light gun that came with every Nintendo starting with its North American launch in 1985. Sure, most people only used it for Duck Hunt, because that game was also released at the same time the console launched (and in some areas, was a double cartridge along with Super Mario Bros that came with the console) but there were actually a couple dozen games that it was compatible with. such as The Adventures of Bayou Billy and Hogan’s Alley. But for the vast majority, it was screens of randomly flying ducks and the infuriating dog that everyone tried to shoot with the Zapper at least once (yes, you did, don’t lie). Unfortunately, even though many things from the original NES have been ported in some way to current technology, the original Zapper never will be, because it was designed to work on curved CRT screens, and is not compatible with the LCDs, plasma screens, or any other flat panel display methods that have become commonplace in modern TVs, due to an unsolvable display lag issue.