Glove Pilot is a cancelled NES game that was in development since late ‘80s by Mattel for their classic Power Glove motion controller. Players would move their hand to use on-screen levers and buttons, flying a space fighter, fighting enemies and analyzing the environments of alien planets.
The game was originally listed alongside with other Power Glove titles (Super Glove Ball, The Terror of Tech Town) in a Mattel promotional booklet, then talked about in a few gaming magazines (such as Electronic Gaming Monthly issue 2), but later quietly vanished with no more information than a short description and a single screenshot:
“The instrument panel is displayed on the video screen. It is a complex cluster of dials, gauges and switches. And you are in control. Activate the Power Glove and you actually “reach” into the game screen to control your interplanetary fighter. Every motion of the Glove is transmitted directly to the control panel, as you are in command of a mission that will test your skill to the limit.
You will salvage wrecked fighters by accessing their control panels through your own. You will take soil and atmospheric samples, analyzing for hazardous material. You will scan rock formations for precious metals. And, of course, you will pilot your fighter into battle, with advanced weapons systems at your fingertips. Six exciting worlds await the pilot with speed and skill to meet the challenge of Glove Pilot.”
In the end only two games created specifically for the Power Glove were ever released by Mattel: Super Glove Ball and Bad Street Brawler. The other 3 games announced (Glove Pilot, Manipulator Glove Adventure and Tech Town) vanished forever after the company and the market lost faith in the accessory.
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