M.A.C.S Multi-Purpose Arcade Combat Simulator (SNES)
The M.A.C.S. were designed by the Military to train soldiers in bootcamp back when the Super Nintendo was in its heyday. The gun was essentially a real M16 (actually a J├Ąger AP 74 - a M16A2 clone), only stripped down and modified to work with a specially designed game cartridge. The gun itself┬ is far more accurate than the Super Scope and has an authentic weight and feel. It still has sights for aiming, and the light sensor is within the barrel.
Players/soldiers would have had to be about seven feet back from a 13 inch TV, simulating real life distance . As for the game itself, it consists of nine levels and aims to help a soldier with their postioning, aiming, and breathing skills.
The carts are generic American SNES carts, with a sticker giving the simulator title and version number. There are three differnt versions of the cartridges, and it's been suggested that there are roughly 600 of each produced.
- MACS Multipurpose Arcade Simulator version 1.1e
- MACS Moving Target Simulator
- MACS Basic Rifle Marksmanship Program Version 1994.0
The program was developed by Sculptured Software and can't be played with a regulal controller, but one needs to be hooked into port two so you can access some parts of the program.
Given the military use, I can't imagine many of these made it out into the civilian world. We had a bunch of these hit the market a few years ago as one person got their hands on a several, but there's still only a handful that have popped up for sale.