The HyperScan console is a game system introduced by Mattel at the San Diego Comic Con in July 2006. At least initially, HyperScan can fairly be described as a cross between trading card games (TCGs) and video games. It's the first console to use RFID technology. It was marked towards kids between the ages of five to nine who were not ready for high-end video games in terms of maturity or expense, though ironically the included game was rated "T" (Teen, not suitable for under age 13) and the remaining titles were rated "E10+" (not suitable for under age 10) by the ESRB.
The HyperScan has two controller ports, as well as a RFID scanner that reads and writes to "cards" which, in turn, activate features in and save data from the game. Players were able to enhance the abilities of their characters by scanning cards. Games retailed for $19.99 and the console itself for $69.99 at launch, around $95 in today's money (2021), but at the end of its short lifespan, prices of the system were down to $9.99, the games $1.99 and booster packs $0.99.
The system was sold in two varieties:
The cube box version was the version sold in stores. It included the system, controller, X-Men game disc, and 5 X-Men cards. Two player value packs were sold online and included an extra controller and 5 additional X-Men cards.
The games for the system were sold as $20 "Game Packs", which consisted of a game disc accompanied by six game cards (seven for Spider-Man). Five games are known to be released for the HyperScan:
A sixth game called "Avatar the Last Airbender" was announced and may have been released in small quantities. "Nickelodeon Sports" was also announced, but never released.
The "X-Men" game is a fighting game in which two characters face off against each other in self-contained matches. "Marvel Heroes", which includes some X-Men characters, is a side-scroller, adventure quest.
The HyperScan was not very successful, and it received largely negative reviews from critics and audiences for its games, design, and controls. However, nowadays the console is more and more collectible, and could be a good investment.
Watch HyperScan gameplays, homebrews and walkthroughs on YouTube.
What's your Mattel HyperScan worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Mattel Hyperscan X Men Console Game Pack||01/2022||$100|
|Mattel Hyperscan X Men Bundle Booster||11/2021||$100|
|Mattel Hyperscan X Men Bundle Ben 10 Two||10/2021||$100|
|Hyper Scan Marvel Heroes Hyperscan Game||10/2021||$100|
|Hyperscan Video Game Pack Toys R Us||12/2021||$85|
|See all sold items on eBay for more prices||01/2022||-.--|