There are some video game systems sought after by collectors now for being huge failures. There are many, but I’m going to focus on the 3 that I’ve had the most contact with. So let’s get right down to it with…
The Sega Saturn:
This system made its debut back in 1995, and was discontinued 3 short, disappointing years later. It was hugely popular in Japan, but never reached anything substantial in America because of the debut of the Sony Playstation, and one of my personal all time favorites, the Nintendo 64. It came out as a 32-bit system, which was pretty cool at the time, I guess, but it took too long to develop, and Nintendo’s N64 was released in 1996 with DOUBLE THE BITS! Therefore twice the graphics. I mean, the Sony Playstation was released a year before the Saturn as a 32-bit system and somehow that even looked a lot better on screen. not to mention the controls were more fluid, and the games were a lot more enjoyable. Speaking of controls…
I bought my Saturn on eBay for $3.24 with $3.00 shipping. It came with all the hook-ups, a controller, and a game. And I still believe to this day I got ripped off. The games are shoddy at best, and it just makes me want to play something that at least has some semblance of a video game.
Rating: -3 Stars. Horrible.
The Sega 32x:
How do you turn a 16-bit system into a 32-bit system? You build an add on for it that makes no sense whatsoever! The 32x plugs into the top of a Sega Genesis as if it were a game. Then you have to run a special cable from the back of the Genesis to the back of the 32x. THEN you have to run an a/v cable from the 32x to the TV, and STILL the 32x has it’s own ac adapter that has to be plugged into the wall. The Genesis also has to be plugged in. Why so many cables? This should have been its own system. I think James Rolfe explains it best, please give this video a watch:
Rating: One half star. There may have been one or two cool games.
The Sega Dreamcast:
Okay, this one wasn’t really a flop. In fact it has its own cult-like following and is getting more and more home made or “homebrewed” games on it every week. Check out http://www.dcisozone.com to see if I’m lying. I love this system and the many, many games it has on it. It’s fabulous, and worth every penny of the $20 (or so) you’ll spend on it. And the games that you download and burn are perfectly legal to (or so I’ve heard, I am not liable for what you do) burn. Sega isn’t making any money on it.. no one is making any money on it anymore, so why would anyone care?
Rating: 4 Stars, shouldn’t have been a flop.
The Sega CD:
Remember this thing? How awful was it? See how fast it takes you to download an emulator for this system in its entirety, and tell me it isn’t a pile of poop. At the time, it was innovative and made it able to have movies segway from one scene in the game to the next instead of a series of text boxes. That didn’t make the games any better though. Like all of the other Sega flops, namely the Saturn, the controls were crappy, and it made you want to maim yourself with your controller… or at the very least strangle someone else with the cord.
Rating: -1 Star… it doubled as a CD player!
Overall though, Sega is still a widely successful company, even if Nintendo had to put them in their place back around 1999 or so. It remains to be the biggest 3rd party contractor to Nintendo and comes up with almost half of the 3rd party designed games. Way to go Sega… I hope you jump back into the hardware market soon!
There will be another installment of flops, next week.
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