Four Consoles That Are Primed For A Comeback
The console market has been big business since the NES burst onto the scene in the 80’s. Over the course of three decades consoles have changed drastically. This is true of both home consoles and portable consoles. As the industry as changed some consoles couldn’t keep up and were left behind, while others simply never found their place. Many of these retired consoles are popular amongst modders and collectors.
In fact, many of these consoles can still be found on the internet and at second hand game stores. Many of these stores specialize in classic gaming. This makes it surprisingly easy for gamers to get their hands-on systems such as the Game Boy, or a Sega Dreamcast. Of course, these systems have all been out of production for years.
What if you could pick four classic consoles to put back into production? Not just put them back into production, but to give them a successor instead. What consoles would you pick, home consoles, portables, or a mix of both? Please note that this list only consists of consoles that we’d like to see get successors, and not anything that is going into production.
Four consoles that we’d bring back from the dead
- The Virtual Boy
You can’t be in the business as long as Nintendo, and not have some missteps along the way. The Virtual Boy was perhaps one of the company’s biggest missteps. I mean let’s not split hairs the Virtual Boy still elicits bad feelings from gamers even now more than 20 years after its release. With virtual reality becoming all the rage nowadays perhaps it’s time for a new Virtual Boy.
When Nintendo focuses on something they deliver more often than not. If VR is going to have long-term success, then it needs games that are more than just cleverly disguised tech demos. Nintendo has always focused more on quality then quantity when it comes to software.
Of course, if Nintendo ever did revisit virtual reality, you can rest assured that Virtual Boy would be nowhere in the devices name. I mean the Virtual Boy name, is forever sullied by the disaster that was the original.
- Playstation Portable
I know what you’re thinking this technically had a successor in the PS Vita. The Vita however has struggled for a variety of reasons, none of which I will get into here. Sony is in a great position to relaunch the Playstation Portable line. The thing about the original PSP is that despite going up against the Nintendo DS it offered gamers a more traditional portable gaming experience.
Sony could go back to that with a new line of Playstation Portable systems. While this is not likely to happen, it would still be nice to get a new version of the PSP that had more power, and offered players a true alternative to the 3DS line of systems. Hey, a guy can dream, plus who would love having access to PS1 and PS2 classics on the go.
- The Sega Dreamcast
The Dreamcast was Sega’s last home console, before moving into software development exclusively. In truth, the Dreamcast was ahead of the curve in many respects one of them being that the console had a built-in modem for online play. The console was also famous for porting games based on Sega’s own NAOMI Arcade System Board.
This could be where a new Dreamcast system would shine. Doing ports of Arcade titles with online multiplayer support. Fact is there’s an entire generation of gamers who’ve never got to experience these types of games. This would be a great way to provide a pseudo-arcade experience to today’s gamers. It would also hit that nostalgia factor for many older gamers who have fond memories of arcades.
- The Game Boy
The Game Boy was a power house in portable gaming. For more than a decade the Game Boy was the gold standard when it came to portable gaming. The system also grew and developed over multiple console generations. Many people were surprised that Sega’s own portable the Game Gear lost out to the simpler Game Boy. Which goes to show you the importance that software plays in the success of consoles even back then.
While it’s unlikely that Nintendo will ever revisit the Game Boy due to the success of the DS line of systems. It would be interesting to see what a modern-day king of portables would look like. Would it involve a gimmick such as the 3DS and Wii, or would it be a straight up portable gaming console like the original? The possibilities are endless sadly, we’ll probably have to settle for Game Boy titles getting virtual console releases.
That’s All Folks
Well there you have it the four consoles that we’d resurrect from the video game cemetery. Sad fact is that has the industry continues to grow these consoles will find themselves in the company of the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One. That’s just the nature of the beast so to speak. What four consoles would you like to see get a successor? Remember there is no wrong answer.
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