Game Wave Family Entertainment System or simply Game Wave is a home console released by ZAPiT Games in 2005, first in Canada and then in the USA. Game Wave was simultaneously a DVD player also.
In the console's package the owner could find, except the console of course, 1 packed-in game, "The Arc of Trivia, Vol. 1" or later the "Veggie Tales: Veg-Out! Family Tournament", 4 wireless controllers, a controller case, a warranty card, a black and white manual, some AA batteries for the controllers and the RCA and S-Video cables to connect the device with the television.
The controllers of the Game Wave were quite peculiar. They seemed more like television controllers. At the top there are 4 action buttons, "A", "B", "C" and "D", next are the 4-directional navigational buttons with a button in the middle, and below the directional buttons there are some lines with numeric keypads with Menu and Setup buttons at the bottom.
Every Game Wave console supported multi-playing with 6 players to be the limit. Since the package had only 4 controllers, one blue, one yellow, one green and one red controller, two more controllers could be bought for $30 each with purple and orange colors each.
The controller's case could be placed next to the console, having space for 6 controllers in total. The shape of the combination of the console with the controller's case next to it is similar to a wave.
There are 13 games released for Game Wave. As the shape of the controllers indicate, the controllers weren't made for heavy action-based games, so most of them are trivia or puzzle games. One weird fact of the console was that the disc tray couldn't be opened if the device wasn't powered on and booted.
In general, Game Wave is not considered a successful console, commercially speaking. Only 70,000 units sold until 2008, while Game Wave discontinued in 2009.
Below you can watch an introduction of the Game Wave console/DVD