Welcome to the Retroist Famous Nintendo Missteps Podcast. On today’s show I start off by talking about my slow adoption of the NES, then I move onto the 3 most famous Nintendo missteps (R.O.B, The Power Glove and the Virtual Boy). I also do my very first and maybe last Top 5 List (I got new talent incoming). Even though these might have not been great pieces of tech or were marketed poorly, they are really interesting bit of gaming history, so I hope you enjoy hearing about them. After listening to this episode you will definitely need your own copy on of The Wizard from Amazon (at 7 bucks it is like they are virtually giving them away)..
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Like I mentioned in my Sears Catalog NES post, R.O.B really made me want to own an NES. In this classic commercial from the mid 1980s you can see R.O.B doing what he does best, look good and be useless.
My recollection is that this was the first Christmas that the NES was widespread. I wanted one so badly when I saw it and like most dumb kids at that time, I was convinced that R.O.B was going to be my new awesome robo best friend. I never did get R.O.B, by the time I got an NES, it was 1987 and I had seen it fail at all of my friends’ homes.