The original R-Zone Headgear
-"Just when you thought the most sorry, pathetic excuse for a video game was the Tiger Wrist Games; Oh, no! Imagine playing one of [them] up close to your eye in red-and-black."
—The Angry Video Game Nerd
R-Zone is a mostly-forgotten portable game console released in 1995. It is best described as a Shoddy Knockoff Product
of Nintendo's Virtual Boy
, with absolutely everything
The original system, as seen on the page image, consisted of a controller with ten buttons (many of which were difficult to reach while playing
) connected to a headpiece that showed the games' graphics directly in front of your eye. The problems started with the hardware itself... the R-Zone used LCD graphics that worked by projecting light through
the game cartridges, which created a severe limitation on what sort of games could be made, turning it into a glorified Game & Watch
, only with inferior, almost indistinguishable graphics using the beautiful
color scheme of red-and-darker-red. As a result, while the system had several different licensed titles, including Batman Forever
and Star Wars
, and ports of Virtua Fighter
, Panzer Dragoon
, and Mortal Kombat
, there was virtually no
variation in gameplay from game to game.
The R-Zone XPG
Later versions of the system were released, including the Xtreme Pocket Game
, or XPG (which didn't require the headpiece) and the Superscreen, which gave limited color graphics, while sacrificing almost any form of portability. Neither of these sold well enough to redeem the R-Zone, and it ended up dying an undistinguished death.
The Angry Video Game Nerd
is on the record as saying the R-Zone is the absolute worst video game console he's ever played
(at least until he reviewed the LJN Video Art machine, depending on whether a Shoddy Knockoff Product
of MS Paint
can be considered a console). So it has that going for it, at least.