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The U-Force (Uforce) is a controller that came out in 1989 for the NES by Broderbund. It was based on infrared technology that allowed the gamer to use hand and body motions (think of a 1980’s version of the Nintendo Wii only glitchy and problematic) to play games.
It was touted as:
A new dimension in video game excitement! The amazing U-Force controller is simply the most realistic, most responsive controller ever created for Nintendo games. U-Force uses exclusive, breakthrough technology to sens the auction motion and position of your hands and body. You can actually be a part of every game you play.
When you purchased the U-Force it came bundled with the unit itself, a “Power-Bar”, T-Bar, and Hand Grips. The Power-Bar was for Mike Tyson’s Punchout and “future games”.
The U-Force unit could be setup in 3 different “positions”. The “Upright” position which looked like a conventional laptop, the “Upright position with accessories” (such as using the Power Bar to play Mike Tyson’s Punch-out) and the “Flat” position.
Some games played semi-tolerably with the U-Force but most were unplayable or they were immensely harder than using the standard NES controller. With this being the case it was hard to justify purchasing the U-Force unless you wanted to deal with the quirkiness of it.
I hated the U-Force back in the day and I still don’t enjoy it even for “nostalgic sake”. It’s flaky and doesn’t live up to the promises stated. If you want to try it out on a game you’ve already mastered it might be fun for a few minutes but after that I’m sure you’ll get sick of it.
I had been posting some wanted to buy/trade ads on Craigslist looking for Atari 2600 games and a TurboGrafx16 console.
Someone responded to my ad saying they had both a TurboGrafx16 and some Atari games so we ended up making a deal.
I didn’t get any controller or an a/c adapter for the TurboGrafx16 but from what I’ve read you can use a Sega Genesis a/c adapter so I’m good on that since I already have a few. I plan on buying a controller off of eBay or locally if possible. As for games I know I want Devil’s Crush, Splatterhouse and Bonk’s Adventure to get started.
There’s a nice variety of classic Atari 2600 games in this lot. The labels for the Activision games aren’t in the best shape but from what I’ve seen that’s fairly common. I was happy to get the Superman and Asteroids games complete in box including the Atari game catalogs.
This was a nice Craigslist pick up considering it didn’t cost me any money, just duplicate games I had laying around the house collecting dust. I always try to use what I already have in terms of my game collection to acquire new items for my game collection.
The Atari 2600 games aren’t worth that much money but it was a nice way to get a good chunk of quality games (and the complete in boxed games) at no cost. The Turbografx console from what I’ve seen online goes for about $40.00 in working condition. I still need to pick up a controller for it but it’s nice that I can use the Sega A/C adapter for it and the Nintendo or Sega RF Box. I’ve been wanting a Turbografx16 for a while so I’m glad I was able to make the deal.
I found this in a pawn shop recently while looking for NES games. It was broken in two places and the only part that would light up was the word “Nintendo”.
As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it. I asked if it was for sale and was told “No, it’s for display purposes and it’s not for sale”. I was pretty discouraged and disappointed.
Since this pawn shop is one that I frequent when searching for retro games I ended up stopping in there a month later and figured I would ask again. This time I was told “Yes, we can sell it to you but it’s partially broken”.
Needless to say I purchased it and now my mission was to get it fixed. I found a local neon shop that fixed the broken neon tubes and recharged it with the gas.
I haven’t seen too many of these online and I’m not sure how much it’s worth but I plan on keeping it for a long time.
Here’s a photo of my Nintendo NES CIB (complete in box) collection. The games I have are as follows:
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Adventure of Link
Adventures of Bayou Billy
Back to the Future
Blades of Steel
Code name Viper
Donkey Kong Classics
Double Dragon 2
Dragon Warrior 2
Dragon Warrior 3
Friday the 13
Ghosts and Goblins
Loony Toon 2
Low G Man
Mario is Missing
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
NES Cleaning Kit 1
NES Cleaning Kit 2
Nightmare on Elm Street
Skate or Die
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3 Challenge Set Box
Super Mario Bros 3
Ultima Quest for the Avatar
WWF Wrestling Challenge