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Vita. Still love the hardware but the games didn't impress me and I soon realised I have zero interest in portable gaming

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The original DS. Probably because I got my DS secondhand just a year before I got my 3DS. I was a big Pokemon fan, but Pokemon Platinum just failed to grab my attention like Emerald had. It ended up being forgetable, I still use my Gameboy Advance SP for my gameboy games and my New 3DS for DS and 3DS titles.

Probably Wii. Played some party games with my family/friends..which prompted me to buy one but I couldn't get over the default controls and low-fi hardware. Got rid of it fast.

For me, it was the Wii U. I had NSMBU on it and didn't really like it.

The only games I played on it were Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and a few eShop games like Art Academy U.

I sold it after 3 years when I could still get a bit of money from it.

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Dreamcast, because it was EOL too soon. That said, it was great for what games did come out for it. Still have it.
Wii U for the more standard reasons of being disappointed.

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The PSP kinda by default. It was still a good handheld, but I've never been that big on handhelds and since I've liked all my other consoles more it's the least good out of the group I guess.

Cerebralbore101 said:

What's the most disappointing game system you've ever owned? Did you keep it? Did you trade it in? What games did you have on it?

I hate to say this but Nintendo 64. I owned one as a kid and loved it. Then I bought one to collect for six years ago. The system just has not held up well over the years. Many games on the system like Goldeneye, and Turok aren't classics. They're just old. I can't get over the N64 fog when playing games like Rogue Squadron. True classics for the system like Zelda, or Starfox were remade for another system ages ago. Collectathon platformers just kind of all feel the same. IMO it was a revolutionary system for it's time, but N64 just has not aged all that well.

I wound up trading it in eventually.

I had...

Perfect Dark
Turok 2
Banjo Kazooie (The best collectathon platformer IMO)
Banjo Tooie
Conker's Bad Fur Day
Super Mario 64
DK 64
Rogue Squadron
Resident Evil 2
Ocarina of Time (20 FPS has not aged well. Get the 3DS version!)
Majora's Mask
Excitebike 64
Starfox 64
Battletanks 2

Did you have the N64 Expansion Pak in the system?  I remember a huge improvement in the graphical detail of Rogue Squadron after getting the Expansion Pak.

The Atari 7800 by far was my most disappointing system.  The system released around the same time as the NES, but felt like a dinosaur by comparison.  I remember having Pole Position 2, but not much else.  The following Christmas, my family bought an NES and The Legend of Zelda and never looked back.  Here's side by side comparisons of Double Dragon, Ikari Warriors, and Rampage on the Atari 7800 (left) and the NES (right):

For me, it's a bit complicated when it comes to the Wii U.

On the one hand, I can't honestly say I didn't get my money's worth out of it, as in spite of its awful droughts I did thoroughly enjoy games like BOTW, Bayonetta 2, Mario Kart 8, Tropical Freeze, and Splatoon.

However, had I known then what I know now, I could have skipped it entirely and played almost all its worthwhile games on the Switch.

And coming after the Wii, which is my #2 best system of all time, it was a massive step down.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Probably the Nintendo Wii after the first couple of years. 2006 and 2007 was amazing, but after that I hated the line up of games. It did help me stay away from the Wii U. The dreamcast was pretty shitty too to be honest. All the games came to other platforms and the console only lasted a few years.

For me Wii U. I only really had Mario 3d world and Pikmin for it.

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