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Mattel HyperScan

Published: August 7, 2021
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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.

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Specs

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:
 

  • cube box
  • 2-player value pack

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.

HyperScan games

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:

  • X-Men
  • Ben 10
  • Interstellar Wrestling League
  • Marvel Heroes
  • Spiderman

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.

Hardware

  • SunPlus SPG290 SoC
  • UART, I2C, SPI etc
  • Composite Video Output
  • 16 MB SDRAM System Ram
  • 640x480 Native Resolution
  • 65,535 colors (RGB 565 mode)
  • RFID Scanner (13.56 MHz)

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.

Links

Watch HyperScan gameplays, homebrews and walkthroughs on YouTube.

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Mattel HyperScan value and price guide

What's your Mattel HyperScan worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Mattel Mattel Hyperscan Console Game Mattel Hyperscan Console Game Packs 08/2021 $ 879.00
Mattel NIB Of 47 Hyperscan Video Game NIB Of 47 Hyperscan Video Game System X 06/2021 $ 82.03
Mattel Hyperscan Video Game Pack Toys Hyperscan Video Game Pack Toys R Us 08/2021 $ 99.62
Mattel Hyperscan Video Game Pack Toys Hyperscan Video Game Pack Toys R Us 08/2021 $ 99.62
Mattel Mattel Hyperscan console 56 x Mattel Hyperscan Console 56 X Men Cards 08/2021 $ 58.60
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