Rip into the R-Zone! Or ... not.

John Bardinelli
J. Bardinelli|04.27.07

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John Bardinelli
April 27, 2007 8:57 PM
Rip into the R-Zone! Or ... not.

Tiger Electronics, creator of inexpensive handheld games like Electronic Bowling (admit it, you hid one in your Trapper Keeper), have had plenty of hits and misses with their products over the years. One of their flops was the R-Zone X.P.G. Xtreme Pocket Game, a handheld gaming machine released in 1995. The games were craptastic, the design a little too clunky, and the red-on-black graphics were tolerable only if you closed your eyes and jabbed the corner of your sockets with your pinky. But hey, gotta try and oust the Game Boy, right?

The R-Zone was released in three versions during its lifespan: one with a traditional layout pictured above, a souped-up (and enlarged) model with a color screen, and a version with a headset and flip-down screen for your right eye that just-so-happened to hit store shelves a year after the Virtual Boy. And we thought hardware ganking was unique to this century!

Take a look at the original R-Zone Headset commercial after the break. Ready to rip into the R-Zone?

Neither are we.
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