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21 Consoles And Handhelds That Crashed And Burned

21 Consoles And Handhelds That Crashed And Burned
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Ouya: Hope For The Future

The history of video games is littered with consoles that were epic fiascoes. Most were just bad platforms that either lacked in performance, compelling software, or a true market niche. But some had a good chance at success that was spoiled by management issues, marketing gaffes, or a lack of relationships in the software development community.

This year was a historic one for consoles, with the second-most-popular Kickstarter project, Ouya, becoming the world’s first console financed by Internet users (to the tune of $8.5 million). It uses Google's Android 4.2 operating system, a Tegra 3 SoC, and a heavily free-to-play philosophy. Square Enix announced that it will port Final Fantasy III to the platform.

The console is set to ship early in 2013, but its success is far from guaranteed. We decided to dredge up a few corpses from the past to quench a little of the excitement surrounding this project. We present 20 console failures that have left their marks on history.

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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 11, 2013 4:30 AM
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    I would say the PSVITA is a bit of a troll - comparing the sales of a handheld that is essentially new vs. the 3DS which has been around now for at least 4 or 5 years now
    3DS has only been around for just under 2 years...
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    kryzzay , January 11, 2013 3:31 AM
    Hahha N-Gage that wasn't that bad I think. I knew quite a few people that had one.
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    anxiousinfusion , January 11, 2013 3:25 AM
    Gizmondo (2005) It's probably a typo but what is GoForce 3D 4500? GOForce?
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    kryzzay , January 11, 2013 3:31 AM
    Hahha N-Gage that wasn't that bad I think. I knew quite a few people that had one.
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    trumpeter1994 , January 11, 2013 3:48 AM
    Lol at the Vita, what about the PSPGO?
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    suture , January 11, 2013 3:48 AM
    kryzzayHahha N-Gage that wasn't that bad I think. I knew quite a few people that had one.


    True facts, i had one for years, hek i still have it, but the battery's dead.
    My first "smartphone" with serious multitasking.
    I could listen to radio, have msn running, and play worms ONLINE simultaneusly

    Well the drawback, everyone maked fun of me when i was on the phone =D
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2013 4:18 AM
    I would say the PSVITA is a bit of a troll - comparing the sales of a handheld that is essentially new vs. the 3DS which has been around now for at least 4 or 5 years now - however it seems to be a foregone conclusion that handheld consoles in general are dying and Sony is fighting a losing battle with this one. That said, the PSVITA really is a very, very nice handheld. I was quite impressed with the graphics and speed when I played with one but like most people I doubt I'd actually buy one.
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    Nintendo Maniac 64 , January 11, 2013 4:30 AM
    Quote:
    I would say the PSVITA is a bit of a troll - comparing the sales of a handheld that is essentially new vs. the 3DS which has been around now for at least 4 or 5 years now
    3DS has only been around for just under 2 years...
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    Orion1024 , January 11, 2013 4:38 AM
    What...no NUON? That's one of the biggest failures in gaming history (but one of the favorites in my collection). It's not strictly a console, but games were a major selling point. Jaguar was a decent system with some great games that rarely get mentioned, like Rayman or Power Drive Rally. The only real stinker in this list (from what I've owned) is the Game.com. It's OS would crash frequently and the games sucked. However, the final revision of this handheld was smaller and did feature a built-in LED light for the screen...FWIW.
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    amuffin , January 11, 2013 4:46 AM
    All those knockoff ones too!
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    Hellbound , January 11, 2013 5:01 AM
    Funny thing is I have most of those consoles..lol
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    silverblue , January 11, 2013 5:20 AM
    Anybody remember the Barcode Battler or the Watara/Quickshot Supervision? :) 
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    retrophe , January 11, 2013 5:55 AM
    LOL I still have my Atari 7800 and LYNX and they still work. The Lynx used to have an add on you could buy that used 6 D cells for longer playing time.
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    shikamaru31789 , January 11, 2013 6:12 AM
    Surprised to not see the Sega Saturn or Dreamcast. Both got destroyed by their competetion in terms of sales and the Dreamcast took Sega out of the console business altogether. I'm a Sega fan and while I personally like both systems, even I have to admit they both failed.
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    silverblue , January 11, 2013 6:59 AM
    They both sold about 10 million apiece, which, whilst paling in comparison to the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 respectively, still makes for Sega's third and second best selling consoles... and it's not as if neither had any popular or notable games. However, had they made this a top 30, I think one of them would probably have been in there.
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    Th-z , January 11, 2013 7:44 AM
    I wouldn't put PC Engine/TurboGrafx in there. It may not sell well in North America, but it was very popular in Asia, far from crashed and burned. The console is known for memorial shoot em up games like Gunhed, and lots games, including arcade ports were produced for the console.
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    giovanni86 , January 11, 2013 8:22 AM
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    Surprised to not see the Sega Saturn or Dreamcast. Both got destroyed by their competetion in terms of sales and the Dreamcast took Sega out of the console business altogether. I'm a Sega fan and while I personally like both systems, even I have to admit they both failed.


    Now i would say those two did bad, but i believe the saturn did terrible, but the Dreamcast was by far superior to what the saturn was and honestly it was an amazing console. If Sega had waited a tad longer, it probably would of been better. Sega as a whole should of re-entered the console market.. There are quite a few titles i wish were remade or brought back from Sega's DC lineup onto this or next generation. But i don't think the dreamcast would make that list, saturn yes but not the dreamcast.
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    chocostain , January 11, 2013 8:23 AM
    lol. ive never heard about most of the displays here. no wonder
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    chocostain , January 11, 2013 8:31 AM
    PS Vita failed coz its too expensive!
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    abbadon_34 , January 11, 2013 8:41 AM
    I'm surprised the Neo-Geo wasn't there, the home version, since it was essentially the same "console" in the arcade and at home, and thus VERY expensive for a home unit, yet extremely successful at arcades.
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    de5_Roy , January 11, 2013 9:23 AM
    i'd always wondered what happened to gizmondo. thanks for the update. :) 
    ngage was annoying. nokia's idea was decent, but the small screen, the buttons....
    psvita is a failure alright, it just hasn't matured into a failure yet. when tegra 4, krait-based snapdragon 800, samsungs new exynos and apple's new soc come out, it'll become even less relevant... unless sony pulls an hp. ;) 
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    jrharbort , January 11, 2013 9:41 AM
    Those sales number for the PS Vita jumped a considerable amount after a certain event in Japan in August/September. And with a few more games coming out for the platform, I suspect it's well over at LEAST 3 million global units at this point. Still though, Sony needs to stop charging such an insane amount for those damn memory cards. Especially after they decided to lock each card to a specific PSN account.
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