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Being a devout Turbografx fanboy, I am naturally an admirer of Hudson’s Takahashi Meijin. The inspiration for Adventure Island’s protagonist Master Higgins, Takahashi is somewhat of a legend in Japanese gaming, famous not only for Adventure Island, but also for his uncanny gamings skill. In addition to being Hudson’s spokesperson, Takahashi is known for his ability to press a controller button sixteen times in one second. That’s right: 16 times.
What, that doesn’t impress you? You think you can do better? Well, chump, prove it with Hudson’s Shooting Watch.
Available from NCSX.com for just over $20, this little controller-like device will measure your shooting speed, allowing you to compare yourself to the master. After opening the package, I was eager to see how I stacked up. Being a drummer in a former life, and having played a lot of hand and finger percussion, I thought I might have a decent chance of at least coming close to 16 shots-per-second. Sadly, after hours of frantic pressing, I was only able to reach nine shots-per-second. Check it out:
See, how the Shooting Watch works is it lets you blast away for ten seconds and tracks your button presses. Try as I might, I just couldn’t seem to crack 90 presses. I tried different techniques, different fingers, and holding the Shooting Watch in different positions. Still, only 90. Apparently I need better muscle and nerve control.
Here’s a video of Takahashi Meijin kicking my ass.
The Shooting Watch includes different modes such as stopwatch, clock, and two secret game modes that seem to need to be unlocked. The first “?” mode has you attempt to stop three spinning numbers so they match (ex: 333 or 555). Because I can’t read the Japanese manual and haven’t unlocked it yet, I’m not sure what the second “?” mode does.
Hudson’s Shooting Watch is a fun little gadget that would make a cool gift for gaming nerds and hardcore shmup fans. Hit the NCSX link above and give it a go. Can you beat my paltry score?