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    Here is an interesting article from Yahoo. I still remember the Nintendo Cereal Commercial.

    Top Nine Most Ridiculous Video Game Products

    Nintendo Cereal System
    Released by Ralston in 1989, the Nintendo Cereal System was a limited-edition cereal designed to cash in on the popularity of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The box of cereal was divided into two halves. One half had Super Mario Bros.-inspired fruit-flavored Mario pieces, along with mushrooms, Koopa Troopas, Bowsers, and Goombas. The other half promoted The Legend of Zelda and had berry-flavored cereal shapes of Link, along with other items from the video game like shields, boomerangs, hearts and keys.

    The cereal itself was bland and unexciting, tasting like an even sweeter Trix knockoff, but that wasn't really the main selling point. The back of the box featured Nintendo trading cards, Nintendo stickers and a contest entry to win a Super Mario Bros. cereal bowl, or a Nintendo Power Pad.

    Though the cereal was only produced for one year, the flavor of nostalgia is still strong with the gaming enthusiasts of today. Vintage boxes of the Nintendo Cereal System often reach a hundred dollars or more on Ebay.

    Sony Pocketstation
    Released in 1999 in Japan, the Pocketstation was a memory card for the Sony Playstation console that featured an LCD screen, flash memory and a built-in real-time clock, and could play simple games. It first came to the of US gamers when it was announced that Final Fantasy VIII's US release would retain the Pocketstation mini-game present in the Japanese version.

    Eager gamers who paid exorbitant prices to import one were rewarded with the ability to play a Chocobo-themed mini game... and that was about it. After you had paid more than a Game Boy or a Playstation memory card to get a much tinier screen with games that weren't all that fun, and a memory capacity no better than the cheapest memory card, you can understand why most importers were disappointed.

    Released in 1989 by once-popular publisher Broderbund, the U-Force was a controller for the Nintendo Entertainment system that unfolded like a laptop computer, and used infrared beams and flat panel sensors to translate a player’s motions into button presses. It sounded unbelievably futuristic when it was announced, and television commercials showed clips of gamers unleashing devastating right-left-right punch combinations in Mike Tyson's Punch Out by throwing actual punches.

    In practice, the infrared beams were very weak. The motions required a lot of effort to even register, and in many cases, the U-Force made a video game even more difficult to control. It proved to be a critical flop, even years later when IGN named it one of the 10 Worst Controllers of All Time.

    Wii Hip Street Cheer Pom Poms
    Kobian USA released this Nintendo Wii accessory last year, hoping to ride the popularity of cheerleading games on the Wii. For the low, low price of 20 dollars, the Wii Hip Street Cheer Pom Poms can be strapped onto the end of your Wii Remote and Nunchuck controllers, and... do...

    ...well, that's it. You've now paid 20 dollars for cheaply made pom-poms that dangle off of your Wii controllers and do nothing. And if you bought this set hoping to make the most popular cheerleader series, We Cheer, more fun? Well, you are going to have to buy a second set. The Wii Hip Street Cheer Pom Poms set has one attachment for a Wii Remote and one attachment for the Nunchuck controller, but the We Cheer series uses two Wii Remotes simultaneously.

    Gamer Grub
    It turns out that the 1980s don't have a complete lock on ridiculous video game related food items. Gamer Grub was introduced as a "performance snack formulated especially for gamers" because it was engineered to be grease-free and crumb free so that you wouldn't clog up your keyboards or gunk up your controllers. The Gamer Grub package was designed to be torn open and tilted directly at your open mouth so that you could keep playing with your free hand.

    As if the one-handed junk food that fed into gamer stereotypes (as well as gamer waistlines) wasn't bad enough, the names of the flavors were laughable. With flavors like Action Pizza, Racing Wasabi, Strategy Chocolate, and Sports PB&J, Gamer Grub marketing made the promoters of GoGurt look like geniuses in comparison.

    Wii Party Station
    The Wii Party Station demonstrates why video games and food just don't seem to work well together. It featured a hand fan unit to cool off sweaty palms, a tiny storage tray, and four separate LED screens -- presumably for keeping score. But what drove this accessory from the boring into the ridiculous were its additional features: four plastic cup holders with freezable liners, and a shallow bowl in the center to store chips and dip.

    While storing greasy chips in a chintzy plastic bowl atop a unit that has a hand fan out of a bowling alley might seem to be the key reasons this product idea was sent back to the drawing board after a much-hyped release, its makers reportedly blamed rising prices of oil (and consequently plastic) instead. So the world has been spared this plastic monstrosity...for now.

    Sega Dreamcast Fishing Rod
    Released in 1998 alongside the inexplicably popular Sega Bass Fishing video game, this official Sega accessory attempted to make the typical fishing video game more realistic by releasing a controller shaped like a fishing rod and reel. Unfortunately, since Dreamcast games didn't officially support any sort of controller vibration or motion controls, all this gave you was a more frustrating experience.

    Power Glove
    Released in 1989, the Power Glove was an accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System that attempted to bring a virtual reality-type control to the game console experience. It was a black-and-white glove that fitted over the hand, and contained a joypad and keypad across the forearm. It received prominent product placement in the Nintendo-produced drama-comedy The Wizard, about the adventures of a group of tweens entering a video game contest. The movie's antagonist, Lucas, showed off the Power Glove in what would become an Internet meme two decades later when he uttered the line, "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."

    Only two games were ever released for use specifically with the Power Glove. One, Super Power Ball was packed in with the Power Glove for free. The other game, Bad Street Brawler, was a critical and financial flop. Additionally, both Power Glove designed games could also be played with regular joysticks, making the Power Glove a superfluous purchase at best.

    CTA Wings For The Nintendo Wii
    The CTA Wings are designed to be used for one specific mini-game for Wii Fit Plus game called Bird's-Eye Bull's-Eye. According to The Escapist, the Wings are promised to let you "truly experience what its like to be a bird". How does it accomplish this? It's simple: you take these "wings" that look like over-sized pot holders, slip your hands and arms through the loops, strap on the Wings, and then flap your arms up and down like a bird while holding a Wii Remote.

    That's right, the CTA Wings do nothing except make you look even more ridiculous, and all for the sake of a single minigame on a popular title for the Wii.