21 Consoles And Handhelds That Crashed And Burned

From Tom's Hardware

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.

We present 20 console failures that have left their marks on history.

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Belking1955d ago

Why is the vita on that Do they know something we don't.What about PSPgo?

MikeMyers1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

The PSP Go will have crashed and burned more than Vita. Vita has already sold about 2 million and it's only been less than a year. Give it time. I just don't see it being as adopted as the PSP and it's not because of the system. I think it has been poorly marketed and because it is seen as a higher end device it has to compete more with other gadgets. Still a far cry from viewing it as crashing and burning.

2013 will have to be a big year for Sony and Vita. They cannot afford for the system to be forgotten. It also needs real 3rd party commitment. Not rushed projects like Call of Duty or watered down existing ips.

360ICE1955d ago

PSPgo crashed and burned for sure. But it's a re-release. And yeah, I would hold PS Vita. It hasn't been around long enough to be talked about in the past tense.

Btw. No console that has Gravity Rush will ever be a complete failure. Look it up in the Geneva convention.

tubers1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

"2013 will have to be a big year for Sony and Vita. They cannot afford for the system to be forgotten. It also needs real 3rd party commitment. Not rushed projects like Call of Duty or watered down existing ips."


*looks forward to Feb. 25 Destination Playstation Even LEAKS (retail event) and E3*

XB1_PS41954d ago

I love my vita, and the tons of games I have on it.

SilentNegotiator1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

What pitiful trolling for hits. Making a list of 20 and then tacking on a ~1 year old system?

Reported as lame.

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aceitman1955d ago

the vita has sold 4 million so far.

rbailey1955d ago

Vita sold 4 million units but where are the GAMES? In my opinion that right there is the exact reason why its in this article.

Ult iMate1955d ago

I didn't know such ignorant gamers still left...

Games for 3DS on its first year
Games for PSV on its first year

MmaFan-Qc1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

yeah right, ps vita has no games.... excepted

Uncharted Golden Abyss
Touch My Katamari(aww yeah, TOUCH IT!)
Ragnarock Odyssey
DJMAX:Technika Tune
Lumines:Electronic Symphony
Mutant Blobs Attack
ZEN Pinball 2(perfect for handheld)
Sonic&All Stars Racing Transformed(even better than MK7)
(MortalKombat and SFxTekken, fighting games on the go? ...CMON!thats awesome!)
shit load of great psp games
ps1 classics
and now with the cross-buy fonction, even more games on the go.

so honestly if you dont see games, ..then its simply because you can't see further than the end of your nose.

what's next? the "PsTripple has no games" bullshit again?

...yep, no games.

Aceman181954d ago


i just checked both lists and it seems the vita games are rated better in its first year so there are games for it like most people have so, but i also noticed that most users are stupid because they rated uncharted card game higher than the actual action games wth is that about lol.

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InTheLab1955d ago

The PspGo is just a PSP. Much like the DSlite or PS Slim.

The author also acknowledges the trolling so...yeah.

Also, the Ouya isnt even out yet and it's on the obnoxious 20 page clickathon list.

CommonSenseGamer1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

Even though I owned a Go I'm not afraid to admit it tanked. I'm just surprised it tanked worse than the last PSP model that didn't include WiFi.

What if the Vita does fail, what might that mean for the PS4 and garnering developer support and consumer appeal.

iamnsuperman1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

Alright, so we're trolling a bit. But there's a kernel of truth to our jest.

You right. This way people have to click next 21 times to get to what you say about the vita. Come on those console that have crashed and burned mean they have not done well and so it has to cease production (a.k.a psp go). The Vita isnt over yet with some quality titles this year. Wait till Sony announce the cease in production before it can be considered

amaguli1955d ago

21 consoles, 21-pages. I suffered through it so you didn't have to.

Atari 7800
PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16
Atari Lynx
Amstrad GX4000
Commodore 64GS
PC Engine GT/TurboExpress
Philips CD-i
Commodore CDTV
Atari Jaguar
Pioneer LaserActive
Apple Bandai Pippin
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Neo Geo Pocket Color
The Phantom
PS Vita

There is seriously no need for a 21-page list. Next time consider a 7-page max list if you are going to attempt something like this again.

EddieNX 1955d ago

There is a distinct lack of Sega saturn , Sega CD , 32X and Dreamcast. Whilst all amazing , they ''Crashed and burned'' financialy for Sega.

InTheLab1955d ago

add the N64, Xbox, and Gamecube. Both Nintendo consoles sold less than the NES combined...and the Xbox sold slightly more than the GC...

deafdani1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

The Dreamcast didn't exactly crash and burn... it was actually selling pretty well. The problem was that Sega needed a fucking miracle to get out of their financial troubles, and the Dreamcast sales just weren't enough to put them out of the shithole they dug themselves.

If Sega wasn't already massively broke because of their stupid previous decisions (Saturn, Sega CD, 32X, Nomad and Game Gear), then they could have done well with the Dreamcast, actually. Even with the PS2 destroying everything in the market.

@InTheLab: Nintendo saw a nice profit even with the sales of the N64 and Gamecube, actually.

Whereas Microsoft sustained massive financial losses with the original Xbox, Nintendo apparently only took a pretty slight initial loss per console sold within the first 6 months or so of the Gamecube's life. After that, every Gamecube sold turned a profit for them, so in the end, they did well. Not a massive success, but definitely not a "crash and burn".

And N64 sold more than the Gamecube, and with profit from day one.

And I wouldn't call the Xbox a "crash and burn", exactly, because Microsoft took that massive loss in purpose. It was their intention all along, to establish a brand, and now the Xbox 360 is reaping the benefits from that. It was a pretty long time plan.

ShaunCameron1954d ago

@ deafdani

And let's not forget that $80 000 000 game that exacerbated their financial woes.

RuperttheBear1954d ago


'add the N64, Xbox, and Gamecube.'

They still, each, sold over 20 million units, the n64 sold over 30 million. The N64 and the Gamecube were still profitable for Nintendo, and the Xbox laid the foundation for MS to gain a much bigger market share with the 360.

They certainly didn't 'crash and burn'.

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MultiConsoleGamer1955d ago

Thanks for posting the full list.

The author of this article is an idiot of he thinks the PC Engine "crashed and burned."

And ColecoVision sold something like 3 million units, which for the early 80s was fairly good.

And hilariously enough, he does't have the Atari 5200 on the list. It's one of Atari's most costly disasters.

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Axecution1955d ago

Based off the comments saying that its a 21-page list and the fact that theres a vita on the picture, im not even gonna click this guy's website.

Zhipp1955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

"This guy"? You've never heard of Tom's Hardware?

EDIT: Also, it may be 21 pages, but only the section of the page that contains the content has to be reloaded each time you change the page. It's a lot more bare-able than IGN's system.

Cam9771955d ago (Edited 1955d ago )

I've just got my PS+ Music Unlimited trial and WOW! It is absolutely amazing! I can now play games on my Vita listening to any song I like, I wish I'd bought it at the reduced price a few weeks ago. And PS Vita, I can tell the writer merely dislikes the console because I think it's done better than a few consoles on that lengthy list. DO NOT VIEW THE LINK, THE FOOL GETS REVENUE FROM EVERY CHEAPSKATE SLIDESHOW SCREEN.

CommonSenseGamer1955d ago

Custom playlists, who would have thought /s.

Hicken1954d ago

You just put in way too much effort, but don't have much in the way of results, man.

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