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10 Failed Consoles You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!



By Kieren Hawken

We all know about the Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Atari 2600, Sony PlayStation, Xbox and many other popular consoles that have appeared in the last 40 odd years of video gaming. But as with any lucrative industry, there’s always somebody else who wants a piece of the profit pie. For every great console out there there’s another one that failed miserably and so I thought it would be great to have a look at some of the most obscure examples.

Most surprisingly this list actually contains machines by huge tech companies such as Bandai, Casio, Apple and Bally/Midway alongside many less famous hopefuls showing that making a great console isn’t just about name renegotiation or the size of your bank balance. You need plenty of great games too and that was something that most of these consoles were definitely lacking.

I hope that this list teaches you something new, offers up a few surprises and it might even make some of you collectors out there want to open your vast wallets and hunt them down for yourself!