Five old consoles that time forgot
Old consoles. Brilliant! Memories here we come. Nintendo Entertainment System! Yes! Sega Mega Drive! Yes! Commodore 64! Yes! SG-1000! Yes….what? No……anyone?
We present five old consoles that you may have totally forgot about, never heard of or in some cases, still adore.
Our list of old consoles starts with the Sega SG-1000. The Sega computer video game SG-1000 was the first home console released by the Japanese giant. It was very similar to the Colecovision console in terms of graphics and capabilities. Pushed mainly in Japan, it may have done better had it not launched on the same day as the Nintendo Famicom.
Lots of the old consoles on this list are forgotten mainly due to bad calls, business deals, release dates et al. But it could be argued that the 3DO was just simply way ahead of it’s time.
Conceived by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, the console was supposed to be an all in one platform for games, music and movies. Sounds great huh? It actually was and had some great looking games with a highly futuristic controller. But of course, all that hardware comes at a cost. A whopping $700, it cost more than even the fabled Neo Geo and it was this that sealed its fate.
The second effort from Sega on the list. The 32X was not so much a console but an add on for the Megadrive/Genesis. As the console reached the end of it’s shelf life, the 32X would enhance the old dog, allowing it to play 32 bit cartridges. It came out in the US and Europe just as Sega’s next gen console was released in Japan. As such, it was always a stop gap for another console, the Saturn, that Sega would later admit was a stop gap in itself. Confusing.
If you are a reader from the States, it may be hard to comprehend just how huge the Commodore Amiga was in the UK and Europe. It was at one point on a par with the Megadrive/Genesis and NES in terms of schoolyard ‘What computer you got at home?’ braggery.
Imagine then, the idea of a brand new 32 bit Amiga console with a CD drive added. The concept set many a British playground alight. However, legal battles against the console stopped it in its tracks. This would be the end for Commodore who would be unable to proceed trading and declare bankruptcy.
Another console that could be judged ahead of it’s time, the Phillips CD-i and Panasonic 3DO shared a lot in common. Both were idealised as all in one entertainment devices with the CD-i being a multimedia CD-Rom device that allowed you to play games.
Another thing they shared in common was a huge price tag, but despite this it did manage to gain a cult following and was produced from 1991-1998. However, games have not stood the test of time well.
Side note – One of the most obscure consoles I played while still a child. The bloke over the road was a tech nut and bought one of these back in the day. No idea how he managed to afford it.