Worst Video Game Consoles Ever Released

While there are a lot of things to complain about in modern gaming, such as buggy software and hardware, with the internet one can remedy most of issues on their consoles.

Today, "release date" = "beginning of beta testing."

Today, “release date” = “beginning of beta testing.”

In the history of video games there have been some consoles were either spectacularly buggy, ridiculously expensive, full of worthless titles, or in most cases all of these things.  Here are a few consoles that were more than likely to be a massive disappointment to anyone who received them from Santa during 90s Christmas.

Bill: "Look honey, I got you a computer and it does this thing called email."  Hillary: "I've never heard of that before but I just got a feeling that this will be important, for some reason."

Bill: “Look honey, I got you a computer and it does this thing called email.” Hillary: “I’ve never heard of that before but I just got a feeling that this will be important, for some reason.”

3DO

3do

At the start of this list is the ill-fated 3DO, which did have some good things going for it, but ultimately was a failure.  The console fell into a trap that the later mentioned CDi was notorious for, awful full motion video games.  Still as one of the first CD based home consoles, the 3DO was able to bring some games that had been limited to arcades into the homes of gamers.  This was, of course, at a high price, as the console was sold for almost 700 dollars until the mid-90’s when Nintendo, Sega, and Sony began clobbering it with their superior and cheaper hardware.  Full of terrible titles, and only a few worth really playing, the 3DO is one of those failure-to-launch type systems that really did have potential but never took off in a meaningful way.

Atari Jaguar

atari jaguar

Atari was the king of the 80s, and then Nintendo came along and stole all of Atari’s thunder.  What could the former giant do?  Their attempt at an answer came with the Jaguar, and offering 64-bit processing at a time where 16-bit was standard could have been seen as a bold move.  Despite playing up its technical specs, the Jaguar released few titles that took advantage of the superior hardware, and ultimately most games looked even worse than their 16-bit cousins.

Philips CDi

new-cdi video games

The CDi, short for “Compact Disc Interactive” was another super-expensive console that had potential but was executed poorly.  With a massive pricetag, the system was, in addition to being one of the first CD based consoles, also capable of surfing the web.  Unfortunately, almost all of the CDi’s titles were garbage.  Full of grainy full motion video, titles like Night TrapPlumbers Don’t Wear Ties, and anything licensed by Nintendo, were the worst of the worst.  If nothing else, the console should be reviled for creating three terrible Zelda titles and one bad Mario game.

            

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