The first console system to embrace RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, Mattel's HyperScan derives its name from its ability to scan data stored on RFID tags embedded in cards. After inserting a game in the system's CD-ROM drive, players can pause the action at any time to scan in one or more cards. Six cards were included with each game disc. Game-specific booster packs, each containing six random cards, were sold separately. One game supports a total of 100 cards.
The cards modify games in various ways. New characters, attributes, and powers could be added to enhance each title, with the scanning process taking approximately 20 seconds per card. Targeted toward children ages 8-12, Mattel's HyperScan debuted in October 2006 at an MSRP of $69.95. Included in the package were the system, one controller, one game (X-Men), and six cards. Games retailed for $19.95 and booster card packs initially sold for $9.95. A total of five games were released for the HyperScan before it officially ceased production in 2008 due to anemic sales. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide