AVGN: HyperScan

Mike Matei / December 20th, 2014

HyperScan – Angry Video Game Nerd – Episode 131
“The 12 Days of Shitsmas” 10/12


  • Lozzo

    December 20, 2014 at 2:49 am

    I hope this becomes a new tradition like Monster Madness. Absolutely love it! Great job!

  • December 20, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Loved the movie, but love daily episodes even better! Nice that James has the free time now to make all these new videos.

    • awesome video games

      December 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

      he doesn’t have free time. this is his job. the movie ended so that project no longer takes up his work time. these episodes do. very few adults in the world have free time. we are filled with daily responsibilities, most of us going to a job we hate and dealing with a boss we despise.

      • FullMetalHobbit

        December 20, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        you sound like fun

      • Kane_Magus

        December 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

        Yeah, Fullmetalhobbit, shoot the messenger.

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        December 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        Man, what a smartass. By “free time” he just meant time free from the filmmaking process that was taking up all of it.

      • Radelta

        December 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

        Ive got plenty of free time myself. Sorry your job at McDonalds isnt turning out so great for you

      • Radelta

        December 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        You aren’t really a fan if thats your opinion. Also you must be a total derp since crowd funding isnt the same as begging.
        I guess richard garriott is “begging” for his new game also for not wanting to sink all his personal funds into making something awesome.
        what an ignorant cunt

  • December 20, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Seems like a good console for Hyper Mickey =) Btw it’s really interesting when you guys find some crazy stuff like that,ActionMax etc. Keep it up, J&M.

  • December 20, 2014 at 3:04 am

    crazy, i never heard of this thing… this may sound wierd, but this makes me wanna try that Marvel fighting game.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    December 20, 2014 at 3:05 am

    This came out in 2006? I’m shocked. This seems like something that should’ve been from the 90s. It’s a mess all the way around. Oof.

  • December 20, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Mother Fucking Mike Batman!

  • December 20, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Jeez, I think the 16 bit era was more advanced than what came out on this console.

  • Don Skiver

    December 20, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I have NEVER heard of this fucking thing. It reminds me of Skylanders (and it’s various clones) that are around today. It’s pure genius really. Get kids to not only buy your crappy game and console, but sell them EXTRA shit to make it work!

    I used to have something called the “Barcode Battler” in Jr. High (19 years ago) similar to this except you could buy card packs OR go searching for barcodes on all kinds of shit to make your own custom monsters. Sometimes you got shitty monsters, and sometimes you got these waaaay overpowered monsters. The thrill of the hunt for barcodes was what made it fun for me.

    I really hope you make the 12 days of shitsmas a new cinemassacre tradition like monster madness. 🙂

  • jasonjrf

    December 20, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I just walked 6 blocks home with a loaded 45 1911 super hammered thought I lost my camel keg from the 90’s you can google it but i didn’t it was in my backpak with my Ruger Sr 1911 and i get home to a new AVGN yea best night ever

  • hughjasoul

    December 20, 2014 at 5:11 am

    I feel like I’m watching Ben Stein review something. I get bored. Also, I think this sort of thing built a huge aspect of gaming… including Skylanders etc.

  • December 20, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Not as funny as the other episodes, still entertaining.

  • December 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Loading times are quite long but nothing compared to Soldier of Fortune on Dreamcast, the longest loading times on disc format ever, between 2 minutes and 2 minutes and a half each loading screen, and there are between 4 or 5 every of the 12 levels of the game. If you want to play it through you have to wait a damn hour and a half.

  • taykel

    December 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    HyperScan. Hyper fuckin shit.

  • Shannon Gold

    December 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hyper Scan? More like a rectal scan 😉 Great review… wonder what’s in that big box? I’ll guess we’ll know Monday. Can’t believe Shitsmas is almost over.

  • Pablo1989

    December 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hyperscan Hyperspeed NOOOOOT! 😀

  • Larry Hood

    December 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

    At least the Marvel game had Omega Red in it. That in itself deserves a bit of a nod card….. get it? Nod card? Mod card?

  • December 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    You can’t judge the hyperscan too harshly because you have to remember it was released at the height of the “plug n play tv games” craze. It was just a cheap tie-in similar to the star wars, spiderman and spongebob, pnp games released at the time.

    Actually those are making a comeback. They recently released intellivision and colecovision pnp units. Too bad nobody has clued them in on the fact that mono composite out is NOT acceptable in 2014. Seriously where are the hdmi versions?

  • December 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

    holy shit is that a talking turd announcer in that wrestling game? and then the turd starts fighting. yeah. sums up the whole game.

  • Elie Arama

    December 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Can’t wait to see what is that last fat ass box for day 12 !

  • December 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Tiger Electronics did this for their handhelds too. The “Tiger Barcodzz” lineup. The only game I know of is Mortal Kombat. You would scan cards into your Tiger to play as the characters i believe.

    I have the E-Reader for Gameboy Advance/SP, I like that thing.

  • GameCom

    December 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Haha wow what a mess of a system.

  • Paul Sendell

    December 20, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Best episode in ages!
    The references to old episodes made me crease up, perfectly executed comedy 🙂

  • Mike E

    December 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    5 games? Well it’s tied with the SuperGrafx then as the smallest library.
    (though DSi only got four exclusive retail games, but it also had DLC games and “enhanced” modes for non-exclusive original DS games, so it’s tough to decide)

  • Night-X

    December 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I remember seeing one of these at used place for about $2-3. Almost got it but found something better for the same price.

  • fcabanski

    December 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I wonder why they never made Hyper Thumb Wrestling.

  • ToadRoad

    December 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I like these kinds of episodes when the NERD aspect of the character gets a chance to shine rather than the angry side. It was an objective and informative look at something obscure. For most of crapmas, the games he’s been playing aren’t that bad, so a lot of times he seems to be going out of his way to exaggerate minor flaws and the anger feels forced at times.

  • greedo

    December 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Wow, never even heard of this console. Sounds like an epic waste of time.

  • greedo

    December 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    BTW, has anyone noticed that the episodes have been getting progressively longer since the start of this series? A good thing, in my book!

    And I dread to know what’s in that large gift package! The horror1

  • teenagewildlife

    December 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    awesome review today, great pacing too.

  • kerorogunsou78

    December 21, 2014 at 1:29 am

    For all their faults in the video game world, LJN also made the Thundercats toys, which were awesome! Just sayin’.

    • kerorogunsou78

      December 21, 2014 at 1:36 am

      Also, hate me for saying it if you want, but Friday the 13th was a fun and innovative game for it’s time if you took the time to get used to the map. It offered a real challenge, and despite the zombies, it was fairly faithful to the source material. I remember having played it as a rental, and actually choosing to buy it with my birthday money soon after. It’s by no means a bad game….just slightly off.

  • JamesFan

    December 21, 2014 at 2:03 am

    I was the person who sent James the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde t-shirt! Thank you for featuring it in the episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JamesFan

      December 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      You’re going to look like a complete idiot after you read the next sentence. He paid for it.


    • JamesFan

      December 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm


    • JamesFan

      December 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

      You still haven’t recovered from looking like a complete idiot… Sorry! Keep trying though troll

  • gluserty

    December 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Didn’t James demonstrate bits of this system in a previous episode? It matters little, as I felt this episode was excellent. Too bad the same can’t be said for Hyperscan, which seems like a system that isn’t worth anyone’s time (especially when the games featured have been done better on older syatems, as James stated, and are definitely less cumbersome and tedious to use. This console is about as intuitive as using a pool skimmer to catch a swarm of bees).

  • Tross

    December 21, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Wow, I had no idea that this exists. No wonder it flopped.

  • Jcr3ws

    December 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Just a mere pixel from xmen children of atom destroys this xmen fighting game,.. and what the hell is this thing anyway, a cd-I reattempt. If you placed a game card on the scan and could play that certain game without any loading or a cd reader of any sort it might be interesting but no, it dont do that..

  • Joey Desrochers

    December 21, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I wanted to see that review by AVGN ever since I watched the Classic Game Room of this 🙂

  • VV

    December 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I really LOVE the part where you get bored by the loading-screen, James. Take a look around your amazing room with all it historic events. Sweet episode, bro! Kepp up the amazing work! <3

  • January 6, 2015 at 6:43 am

    They released this game WHEN? Looks like something from the 90s (Guess the Nerd made that observation). I think this was just a desperate attempt to cash in on the collective cards hype back then. But they were even too late for that..

  • skwij

    January 20, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This was the prototype for Skylanders and Infinity! Thanks!

  • Light Dauksa

    January 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

    i own a video game store and i used to have nintendo world champion ships a rich guy bought it off me for $500

  • March 16, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    LoL new games like this are a big success!!!.

  • Aaron1375

    March 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    The graphics look very underwhelming for a system released in the 2000’s. Granted, it was a concept system that tried to combine trading cards and gaming it kind of was a precursor to games like Skylanders, Disney Infinity and the Amiibo. Of course, I feel about those games like you said about this one, “Why not have a select screen?” Because making you shell out money for overpriced characters is more fun for the gaming companies.

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