You might only know the love tester machine from it’s appearances in Moe’s Tavern in The Simpsons, but there was a real Love Tester machine that was an arcade hit in the days long before the internet.
You would enter a coin, grab a handle and wait for the machine to tell you what kind or romantic you were. You could be clammy, harmless, passionate or hot stuff and all in between. The idea was the machine could measure your heat or energy and reveal a result, of course the truth is it was more of a random generated result.
More interestingly though is that Nintendo, before their famous Entertainment System, produced their version of a ‘Love Tester’. To use their version, two ‘lovers’ would each grip a metal ball, hold hands, then see what their relationship status was on a display that rated them from 0 to 100.
It was one of the first devices that Nintendo made that was sold outside of Japan. The Nintendo love tester was invented by the same person who invented the Game & Watch toys and the original Game Boy.
It is one of the most sought after Nintendo products from its early years because it is so unusual.
Nintendo love tester image courtesy of www.beforemario.com