Nintendo 64 Voice Recognition Unit
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The Nintendo 64 Voice Recognition Unit (VRU for short) is a peripheral for the Nintendo 64.
Why It Flopped
- It was only used for two games on the Nintendo 64, which were Hey You, Pikachu! and Densha de Go! 64.
- It was released at around the end of the Nintendo 64's retail lifespan, which was late 1998 in Japan and late 2000 in the US. This makes it rare to find.
- Because it was only made for two games and expected for only children to play it for Hey You, Pikachu! cases, it only recognizes higher pitched voices; players with deep voices will have a hard time with this thing.
- For the unit to work better, especially the fact that it has a tiny little hole to hear noises, you have to be close to it, which unless if you have a place near you to put it on, makes this hard to do. On top of this, the unit demands that you hold the N64 controller and the microphone at the same time!
- It's possible for background noises to be picked up as the player's audio.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- It was revolutionary and a very solid idea on paper, though it was poorly executed.