The most common media forms for games in the 1980s was the cartridge, but developers conceived the idea of using VHS video cassettes
as a new form of game media.
A company called Worlds of Wonder first introduced the "VHS Console" in 1987 with their system named the Action Max. TakaraTomy (now simply Tomy) followed suite with their own version calling it the Video Challenger. Like the Action Max, this system required the owner to own a VCR.
All games were shooters that took advantage of the console's light gun, called the Challenge Blaster. The light gun fired an infrared beam that gave off the impression that you were shooting the onscreen characters (like the Decpticons from the Transformers). Likewise the onscreen characters could return fire (registered by a sensor on the light gun). The more of the villains you hit, the higher your score. Get clipped by a baddie, your score would decrease. The results were displayed on a register on the Challenge Blaster.
A total of seven (7) games were released for the Video Challenger:
Godzilla Challenge 1 & 2
Turtle Challenge (UK exclusive)
|The Video Challenger was distributed by TakaraTomy (Japan), Bandai (Japan and the UK), GiG (Brazil) and Irwin Toy (Canada). This console was marketed as a toy (and rightly so), but nonetheless is a system that is rather rare and should be considered by console collectors.|