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Ahead of Their Time: Discontinued Game Consoles

Discontinued Game Consoles Way Ahead of Their Time by Andrew Kamal

     Nintendo Mario BrothersMany game companies have vanished, or their ideas have long been forgotten. It is past the age where handhelds where as impressive and SEGA as well as ATARI are way passed any golden years. However one thing is for certain, some game consoles in the past made by different companies were way ahead of its time. For this, I compiled a list:

    1. The Atari Cosmos- Atari was experimenting with holoptics and potentially going to release the first holographic/3D screened game console nearly three decades before the Nintendo 3Ds. This was known as Atari Cosmos. The biggest reason I believe it was never released, was the fact that it was going to go into production at the end of Atari’s popular legacy.
    2. The Sega VR- If Sega continued past its 1991 model, the VR we would have today would be possibly much more advanced than the Oculus Rift of HTC Vive. While it wasn’t the best first release, I believe Sega should have continued building VR headsets or at least experimenting with the technology.
    3. The Nintendo Virtual Boy- Lots of you who are following this blog, probably heard about the Virtual Boy. It is literally Nintendo’s most popular discontinued game console. The problem was that they were trying to do too much at such a short period of time. I believe instead of completely giving up on VR, Nintendo should have continued advancing upon the technology. This was revolutionary considering it was released in 1995.

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  1. Nokia N-Gage & QD- Many people consider the N-Gage, one of Nokia’s biggest failures. However, I consider it something that could have led to a huge development. They introduced cartridge gaming, interactive gaming, and MP3 features to the bar phone world. Keep in mind this could have led something to potentially a higher success than the Playstation Vita if Nokia got back to the drawing board. Considering there was mostly regular bar phones around that time, Nokia did pretty well and was perhaps 3 to 4 years ahead of its time.
  2. The Atari Lynx- The Atari Lynx came out almost around the same time as Nintendo’s gameboy and was at least 5 to 7 years ahead in its compatibility. Cartridge gaming wasn’t as big of a trend, especially in the portable world until around 6 years later. 

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Andrew Kamal is an app developer, programmer, and inventor who loves writing about historical technology and old games. He can be found in his free time hugging pugs and debating people about which pizza topics are better. 

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