The HyperScan was a game console released by Mattel in 2006 and discontinued in 2007. In an attempt to cash in on the trading card game craze, Mattel sold trading cards with an RFID chip for the HyperScan to scan to load new characters and abilities into the game.
Why it Flopped
- Long loading times (20 sec.), rivaled only by Commodore 64 and Neo Geo CD.
- The RFID reader was flaky, making it hard to scan cards, and you need to constantly scan cards.
- Only 5 games were released for the system, with the sixth game believed to be in limited quantities and the release of a seventh game cancelled.
- This console was poorly designed (You have to scan a card to play.)
- Cards are sold separately and each game had a very large amount of cards, which quickly increased the cost to play them.
- X-Men (Came with the system)
- Ben 10
- Interstellar Wrestling League
- Marvel Heroes
- Spiderman (Toys "R" Us exclusive)
- Avatar: the Last Airbender (Believed to be in limited quantities)
- Nick Extreme Sports (Cancelled)