The Sega Mega Drive Light Gun sank fast. Let’s see how the Menacer went so wrong.
Between the excitement of Light Guns during the 8-Bit era (Duck Hunt, Operation W.O.L.F, Rescue Mission) and it’s return to grace in the mid-to-late 90’s (with games like House of the Dead, Virtua Cop, Time Crisis and Point Blank) the Sega Menacer marks one of the lowest points in history for the humble Light Gun.
Needless to say, even at the time of release, the Sega Menacer wasn’t received well and the lack of titles ensured it never had the chance to gain traction with gamers.
I’ve got a soft spot for the Menacer; as a kid, I remember my mother letting me pick whatever I wanted (within a limit) at Cash Converters as a treat. This was basically the coolest thing I saw and even with the pack-in, it was fun setting it up if we could manage to find the batteries required.