7 Failed Consoles That Made No Sense Even Then

Published 4 months ago by Jane Douglas

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Whether due to a lack of games, a botched launch, or an unshakeable belief in the monetary potential of edutainment, plenty of games consoles have fallen by the wayside. Here are seven instances that made it pretty clear why for every hugely successful Wii, or PS2, or Nintendo DS, there are a bunch of Bandai Wonderswans. What? Exactly.

During the early 1990s, CD-ROMs were the hottest thing in gaming, with their increased storage capacity allowing for much higher quality music, visuals and, occasionally, full motion video of Jeff Goldblum as Dracula.

Hoping to ride the wave of CD-ROM popularity that would presumably continue for all time, electronics company Philips introduced the CDI, a home console with a CD ROM drive that was considerably cheaper than a PC, thanks to not needing any of the expensive additional things PCs had, like monitors, keyboards or fun games to play.

That wasn't for lack of trying. Philips acquired the rights to make games using Nintendo characters, which meant the CDI was home to a Mario game, which was bad, and three Zelda games, which were worse.

The Philips CDI was discontinued in 1998, having sold only 200,000 units and having lost Philips one billion dollars. No FMV game is worth a billion dollars, Philips. Unless it's got Jeff Goldblum in it as Dracula, obviously.

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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