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February 2015 Retro Gaming Article

February 7, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The “strangest Nintendo accessory” has no relation to any gaming company

Not long ago, I saw the Pedisedate device online with a comment about it being the "strangest Nintendo accessory ever". It certainly appears so, when seen connected to a Nintendo GameBoy. The context of the article I read made it immediately clear it was a medical device - not a Nintendo accessory!

My Retro Game Box However, a quick image search reveals that the Pedisedate is most commonly pictured attached to a GameBoy. The truth is this odd device will work just as well with the tape recorder your Dad bought in the early 70's. It simply needs a headphone port.

The device was a way to distract children while being sedated for minor surgeries and dental work. This explains why a device that looks like headphones covers the wearer's mouth. It also delivered sedation while the child listened to the game (or music) and drifted off.

The gaming communities interest in this odd device apparently stems from a 2009 Technologizer article as part of the 20th anniversary of the GameBoy.

As it turns out, this device was never intended to be any form or video game accessory. It's a medical device - of sorts - used to distract kids from the situation at hand giving them something familiar to listen to while being prepped for a medical procedure.

Twenty years from now, lets agree not to confuse the Virtual Boy as a cure for blindness or a telescope :)

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