AVGN: The Power Glove

Mike Matei / November 22nd, 2006

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Episode Notes by Mike Matei:
– For episode 14 the Nerd reviews The Power Glove!
– I believe the Power Glove, the sensors for the TV and most of the stack of games were mine. I remember telling James about how the sensors worked. (Not well! Thats how they worked!)
– Around this time I gave James a large amount of my gaming stuff to use in the videos. Such as the Atari 5200 which appears a few episodes later. This was before fans began donating games. (Thanks by the way!)

Funny Quotes:
I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad. …And I mean baaad.



    April 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    yes it is indeed cocka-doodle-shit

    • June 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      you will laugh but in our country there is a very popular drink named COCKTA … yeah i know. But it tastes so good. IT’s black and bubbly,made from natural ingredients and has an awesome taste. Sadly the name of the drink is totaly not feasible in an english speaking country 😀

  • mchaza

    April 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

    i love the power glove its so bad

    nice review and is a classic

  • killteck

    April 20, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    qhdg,ajhgcvajy td

  • killteck

    April 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    power glove doesn’t work on keyboards ether

  • trentnirvanafan01

    May 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    all of cinemassacre’s stuff is just awesome, epic, and really freaking funny. This video is no different.

  • trentnirvanafan01

    May 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    My personal favorite episode. Really. I m serious. Dead serious.

  • May 16, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I thought it was way funny when he landed the jet in Top Gun useing the power glove. Just the look he gave the glove was priceless.

  • trentnirvanafan01

    May 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    best trilogy ever. Friday the 13, Nightmare on elm st., and The power glove. awesome.Oh, and i agree with the person above me.

  • mexdelta

    May 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Pure AWESOME!!!!

  • June 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Here goes to Huey Lewis&the News:
    The Power Glove is a curious thing
    makes one man weep “what did they think!?”
    change controls to a nonworking glove
    more than just bullshit, thats the Power Glove

    and it don’t take skills, takes pure luck
    gotta be an idiot to play (with) this fuck
    the control’s erratic, it gets cruel sometimes
    and you might lose all your lifes
    thats the Power Glove
    The Poooower Glove!….

    I got more but its not complete yet, anyway I’m too lazy to make a music video.

    This is definitely one of the best episodes. When I introduce the Nerd to my friends, this is the episode I usually show them first.

    Did you know a fellow student of mine quoted this episode in his final exam (which was about alternate input methods, especially gesture recognition)?

  • shipman96

    June 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    did you have the power glove from your chieldhood or did you by it

  • Havecapewilltravel

    July 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Heh, I never had this piece of crap growing up but I was way into punch out so I remember really REALLY wanting it, I mean, you saw the commercials, what could of possibly been more badass that being able to beat punch the shit out of balled bull. Anyway, glad I never got to let this thing plague my childhood with bad memorys, good review.

  • kamakazi geek

    July 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

    i hated the power glove too
    it fucked me up my ass and you can’t do dick with it !!!!!!!!

  • hell

    July 13, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    because the power Glove is not a game really :/ i dont have a gift for you but that power Glove ep was awsome.

  • JT84

    July 15, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Don’t know how this ever got off the ground. It’s designed so badly. You can’t even play Super Mario Bros with it. I never had one my folks knew that was a bad idea. Mattel was just trying to capitulate on the awe of it. Smart gamers knew that was way out of the nes’s league due to it’s limitations. Just a quick money making scam like the atari headband, which was supposed to allow you to control your atari games with your head.

  • C27boss

    July 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Who needs a power glove it was just launched than faded away so it should be called a weeky glove

  • ponyboy556

    July 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

    and despite tht i bought one on ebay with rad racer and super glove ball lol

  • peachdaisy22

    July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    It’s so bad it sucks! It so fucken sucks it sucks fucken… Wait… What?

  • Zombies

    August 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I love your Dawn of the Dead reference. Great vid.

  • jlmanbm1

    August 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    You have to go watch this on you tube: “Gameplayer’s Gametapes Vol 1 no. 9 part 4 of 5 ” I was looking on you tube to see if anybody could actually really even use the power glove and this video has an announcer in the backround just pimping the powerglove and the video itself just shows how bad it is!!!!!

  • DarkNeonRain

    August 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I love that Life force part, it´s like you´re trying to give directions to a dog.

  • Lario

    September 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Could you explain the waynes world game in your SNES in the backround 10:38 -> ? 😀

  • Olli

    September 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

    most epic episode (epicsode?) EVAR!!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    In speaking of the Power Glove, I read that Sony made a similar glove acsesory for the PlayStation, and it suffered the same fate. James, do you think it would be possible to find one of these things and do a review on it? ‘Cause, I’m curious on how afful it really is.

    10:56- You’ll always be cool in my book, James. T)

  • Phattony

    October 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    i noticed that when you showed clips of rad racer you werent acutally playing because its said presents and stuff like that at the bottom

  • Jaquio Ylze

    January 24, 2011 at 2:16 am

    i asked for this piece of shit for xmas the first year it was out. when i got it i was so happy that none of my other presents mattered. then i remember exchanging it for a couple of games a few days later (it was like 100 bucks!).
    i also remember the sticky velcro things that attached the sensors to the tv and never being able to get them off of the tv. a constant reminder of this abomination of gaming.

  • Izak80

    March 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    To defile games like Castlevania, Punch out and Zelda 2 with the Power Glove is a criminal act in some countries. This is where the Wii controller was born.

  • March 29, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Despite how BAD they are…I kinda want one….

  • chrono2

    April 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Ah~…. the first episode I watched… The episode that started it all for me…

  • Jakethesnake99

    April 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    ………………………………… -_- THE POWER GLOVE F**KING SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Link31254

    August 5, 2011 at 12:58 am

    My favorite episode, although tough it pick. Never had a power glove as a kid. I want one now

  • phoenix252005

    August 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    lol this is one of my fav episodes. I laughed for days when I saw when you landed the plane on top gun,and looked at it like,”WHAT THE FUCK!!” lol I love it,good times 😉

  • August 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    propably the best avgn video so far released.
    best wishes from finland.. hope we can see more videos soon. ive been sharing links to this site a lot at facebook. lets hope i made at least somebody ur fan. then my mission is done… lol

  • August 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    for the record. im amiga and commode 64 fan. i own both of those machines. i would so much like to see some amiga reviews.but as hard as i zoom at your collection. i dont see amiga´s anywhere there…. 🙂

  • viJilance

    August 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    come on james, i want you to analfist me with this

  • FredrikPersson

    September 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    one of my all time favourites

  • NeXter

    September 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Definitely one of my top 5 favorites.

  • _Slashser_

    September 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I think that the power glove is awesome for the NES times, its kinda the Wiimote grandfather…

  • jamez243

    September 17, 2011 at 3:37 am

    I seriously can’t believe we fell for this as kids.

  • KeithEllwood

    September 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I knew one spoiled shit head growing up that had that piece of shit. I can’t remember it much cause when I went over to his house … He never wanted to play it. I see why.

  • Gamingnerd

    October 20, 2011 at 11:03 am


  • yeismeload

    October 31, 2011 at 4:52 am

    James you’re the man, and the power gloves sucks donkey scrote. Oh and to the last two commenters about male strippers and jogos or whatever, keep that spam bullshit off of avgn you douchebags.

  • Daniel_Fox1989

    November 1, 2011 at 6:15 am

    He just seems like some cool dude to hang out and chill with over on the weekends with mike and goof off and talk about “the old days”

    • LukasSprehn

      January 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      @Daniel_Fox1989 I feel the exact same 🙂 I want to meet them so badly haha. Not to sound weird, but they are some of the peolple that means most to me in my life. Hear me James, Kevin, Mike, you inspire

  • Gabrielle

    November 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t know much about technology, new or old, but why does this thing need three sensors, if it has a wire connecting it to the console lol?

    • senna4ever

      December 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

      The wire was for the buttons/d-pad on the glove itself…yes you can use it as a normal controller.

      The sensors are for the movement of the glove itself.

    • Shidow1123

      December 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

      It works by sending out signals, the sensors are to tell where the glove is for steering.

  • gamenerd2700

    November 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Am i the only one who senses fakery in this video? It looks to me like this video was intentionally sabotaged to make the power glove look shitty. Firstly he didn’t bother to properly position the sensors. They’re taped like six inches back from the edge of the tv. Hell the first two times the sensors weren’t even upright. The he tries to control the game from like 5 inches from the screen and wonders why he can’t get a good response, not to mention he keeps pulling his hand at least a foot and a half ABOVE the sensors. And what is with the piss poor editing of this video? The constant perspective changes every few seconds does not give much believability to this video. The view keeps switching from inches to the screen, then over to the couch that’s at least five feet away from the tv every few seconds. All the while the glove is moving in both shots trying to make us believe he is still trying to control the game in both shots. Ive never seen someone jump all around the room every few seconds while trying to play a game! Not in the span of 3 seconds!

    • ShutTheFuck_Up

      November 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      [Cough] HOMO

      • LysanderTheevilmonkey

        January 2, 2012 at 3:31 am



    • GreatSoren

      November 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Don’t forget it’s only meant for entertainment and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

    • LicaWolf

      November 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

      The AVGN videos are scripted. There’s no fakery, because this was never meant to be a completely thruthful review, he focuses on and exaggerate the bad aspects of the stuff he reviews for the sake of entertainment.

    • Shidow1123

      December 6, 2011 at 4:16 am

      Like anyone would need to do all that to show that the power glovesucks.

    • Colonel Kyon

      December 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      *facepalm* trust me, if you played using the power glove, you would know this isn’t faked…scripted? Yes. But James isn’t going to sit there for hours trying to find the sweet spot for the sensors to pick up his movement just so he can have slightly better response…

      1/10, simply for making me respond

    • arazgriz25

      December 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Actually, It’s true. Even Wikipedia says that the Power Glove was Known for it’s Unreliability

    • kdcomics

      January 2, 2012 at 4:41 am

      so you want him to not show the game at all, or not show his reactions? also poorly edited? its not constantly switching from angle to angle in 5 seconds. now, stop trying to troll.

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      January 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

      As others have pointed out, James Rolfe purposely exaggerates most of the time for comedic effect (something he has admitted many times). But it always stems from truth, I believe.

    • Fuzzzzzie

      January 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      You realize the point of these videos is SATIRE and not an accurate demonstration of the pros and cons right???

    • lw135814

      January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      ever hear of opinion? and why did you watch it anyway

  • n3

    November 20, 2011 at 12:36 am

    My first AVGN episode. It’s been almost a year since I watched this for the first time and it is still hilarious. I think the video would have gone a bit better if you weren’t so close to the TV. That probably affected sensitivity.

    • SycoMantis91

      December 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      @n3 if it went better it wouldn’t be half as funny

  • Uncle_Jemima

    December 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Easier to do a hand stand while taking a shit. might as well just use the controller

  • leeratsin

    January 3, 2012 at 1:16 am

    when he shows the nintendo in this review why isnt the little red led on?? hmm. ps i don care if this is scripted or their to show how bad this thing is. i watch it simply to kill time. and how many of you have actually used this hunk of plastic? it should have never been made. just like that virtual boy. blah.

    • AdamBettcher

      January 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      @leeratsin if you are referring to the part when he is setting up the power glove about a minute and ten seconds in then its because he isn’t using that NES. In almost all the videos he has he uses one of the other NES systems like the Nin-toaster or such. That is why the LED isn’t on while the game is playing.

      • rush86

        January 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        @[email protected] ok but he is not using the toaster in this one so why bring it up. U clearly see him putting games into the original nintendo so hes using that one . The original poster is right the red light is not on when hes playing the games.

  • LucianoDiNino

    January 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This inspired me to buy my own power glove. Sadly it actually works relatively well, in terms of old school stuff like this, hahaha

  • MudBone

    January 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    This Glove Is Fucking Horrible

  • TerryFGM

    January 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    sexy casual wear for the kids of today

  • 100moneys

    January 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    it’s amazing how much motion control has…remained horrible actually. the kinect is so glitchy i’d have better luck beating Dr jekyll and mr. hyde with my eyes closed and drunk. the wii is a little bit better, but it’s still a challange to get anything to work while pointing at the screen.

    • LordMoe

      January 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      @100moneys trust me, the wii is no where near as bad as the power glove. light years of difference.

      • NeillGreathouse

        February 2, 2012 at 1:13 am

        @LordMoe @100moneys Wii surprised the crap out of me with the design, kinda felt like the console may finally have it’s answer to the mouse. I like it better than Kinect and PS Move

    • BryceMoore

      January 9, 2012 at 2:17 am

      @100moneys Really it depends on the game. Dance Central shows that there’s hope for motion control and works beautifully. Sonic Free Riders…not so much.

  • JohnRose

    January 10, 2012 at 1:33 am

    i have the feeling that james didnt know how to use the power glove at this point in time. theres more programming after the program codes, and most things lead me to believe me he left turbo on the entire time

  • Jordanv78

    January 27, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I remember giving into the hype as a child and wanting this so bad…until that Christmas when I got one, plugged it into my NES, and was probably the most disappointed I ever remember being as a child. Even the games that were made for it sucked

  • NeillGreathouse

    February 2, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I agree with JohnRose the powerglove sucks but it is more responsive than in this video I had one and it worked great for a few games just not so much platformers

  • NeillGreathouse

    February 2, 2012 at 1:17 am

    “Good luck is RIGHT – I’m usin’ the fuckin’ POWERGLOVE.”

  • February 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    i like how you handle the television screen.

  • Elvenking

    February 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    This is definitely one of my favs! Now yer playing with dogshit! Landing the Top Gun jet…classic a all hell!

  • LysanderTheevilmonkey

    February 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    According to Lucus (The Wizard) the Powerglove is so bad. YEAH SO BAD IT FUCKIN SUCKS ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      February 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

      @LysanderTheevilmonkey *facepalm*

  • DerekShort

    February 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Power Horse Cocks

  • StephenKing

    February 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    And people said that the Wii was inventive and new when it came to the controls etc.

    Well look at this then you understand where some of the ideas to the Wii remote and sensor bar came from.

    Thank goodness the Wii and Nintendo is way better than this Power glow stuff.

  • StephenKing

    February 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Here we have some of the stuff that was used for the inspiration for the Wii sensor bar and Wii remotes etc.

    Thank the LORD we got better controls than that Glove thing these days 😉

    • SeanAshmead

      February 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

      @StephenKing I’m so glad motion control got better, even though i don’t play those games.

  • JaysonGeronca

    February 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Fortunately this was phased out when I was a kid. I could have loved the advertisements and convinced my parents to buy one.

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  • JaysonGeronca

    February 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Should have been named suck gloves!

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  • StAlphonso

    February 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

    We got this man….we got this by the ASS!best line from a great movie!

  • StAlphonso

    February 15, 2012 at 1:29 am

    We got this man….we got this by the ASS!

  • AVGN in training

    February 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I just received My Power glove today. My training is progressing well, Mr. Rolfe.

  • MegamanXZero

    February 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Squeeze fingers for the A button, twitch your index finger for the B button, move hand in directions for up on D-Pad. I think… :

  • AznBoiZ

    March 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I found that using A to jump isn’t that bad…but you will have difficulties trying to switch after you been playing Mario for 3 hours.

  • EliJeannineDirkx

    March 9, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Lipsynch is kind of off here, I’m afraid.

  • supersheamus

    March 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    get over the pipe ya fuckin asshole

  • derherbehdrbert

    March 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    there a new episode of thge regular show, guess what its featuring the powerglove… thats awsome

  • derherbehdrbert

    March 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    there is a new episode of the regular show, guess what its featuring the powerglove… now thats awsome

  • woayumi

    March 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    powerglowe failed, because it is unsuitable with McDonalds.

  • woayumi

    March 30, 2012 at 12:05 am

    “Try to enter the Contra code with this fucking thing”Epic… I laughed so loud. 

  • likalaruku

    April 5, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Remember when we were all thinking that the Wii would be as awful as the Power Glove? Well, I never played the Wii, but is it?

  • Einheriar

    May 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    the part when you tried to get Samus up there when she dident wana jump up, they did a dick move on the game, you have to go find the super jump orb i think or maybe it was the orb that allowes you to cram yourself breaking your spine and every bone in your body to turn into a little red spining ball to go under it, i did that when i really hade the game and boy were i pissed when i found out.

  • Aaron1375

    June 25, 2012 at 12:55 am

    The power glove is so bad…that it causes you to get your ass handed to you by Glass Joe and get killed by Goombas.

  • waxon

    August 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    u had auto-fire on, dincha?

  • HeavyIsPie

    September 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    using brothers laptop w/ filtering software cause my laptop w/out it broke… cant watch 80% of avgn… FUCK THIS SHIT!!

  • kidcudi890

    November 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    now your playing with power NOW YOUR PLAYING WITH FUCKING SHIT

  • David Whitton

    December 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

    The Power Glove is so bad, it’s bad.

  • Mark Walton

    January 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    another epic vid

  • Carl secretpowashit

    March 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    heebuz Christ full of shiznit coming out of its eyeballz. I wanted that glove so bad when I was a kid ….. shitnit on a stick that is lol

    thank you for showing me the truth haha

    • July 29, 2013 at 5:33 am


  • April 27, 2013 at 3:39 am

    The original Wii

  • Brennan Martinez

    June 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I just couldn’t believe it when the AVGN said that you have to input a code for every single game that you play. Imagine if you had to do that with the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox Kinect, or the PlayStation Move. To quote AVGN himself, “What a shitload of fuck, and, “What were they thinking!!!???”

  • July 29, 2013 at 5:32 am

    The Power Glove… I got that thing in Christmas 1989 and wanted it so bad. I’m never going to forget plugging that thing in right after I unwrapped it and felt like what was supposed to be my dream Christmas was fucked. Or as you’d say, “WHAT A SHITLOAD OF FUCKS!”

  • Rafael The Angel

    November 14, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Why do you play so close to the tv? Derp no wonder it fails

  • FanFrag

    January 18, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Favorite episode by far. Every time i think it’s about to end, it adds more and more. Love it.

  • Frank Terzo

    April 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    awesome episode

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  • niboRasooR

    August 7, 2016 at 5:48 am

    “I didn’t even know you could jump backwards!” Ha ha ha! You got me there! It is those little subtleties that sometimes make these episodes so good! I love coming back to watch old episodes. By the way… I did not know you can jump backwards either. That’s the power of the glove!

  • November 21, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    🙂 awesome

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