The Top 5 Worst Games Console Names Of All Time

Gaming, for some it acts as a portal into magical worlds, a form of escapism, for others, an alternative reality in which they strive to be the best. Whatever your perspective upon gaming is, gaming itself has endured a deep, twisted road to reach the point it is at today. Throughout this period, we have seen successful consoles, failed consoles and in-between all of this, the games that drive the consoles on towards success. However, regardless of how great a console may be, their names don't always reflect the degree of grandeur each console has seen. So, grab yourself a hot drink, sit back, and enjoy the top 5 worst games console names of all time.


5: Fairchild Channel F

Released in 1976 by Fairchild Semiconductor as a second generation video games console, the Fairchild Channel F (originally called the Fairchild VES, or Video Entertainment System) offered a rich colour palette containing a whopping 8 colours! Furthermore, the Fairchild Channel F also issued gamers with the ability to play a human friend - a first for home consoles! The success of the Fairchild was huge due to the array of features the Channel F introduced us to, however, it was the precursor to its successor, the Fairchild Channel F System II which competed with the Atari VCS but had a debatable degree of success. In addition, the Channel F was the first home console to include detachable controllers and cartridge based video games - two features that have survived to this day, amazing! What helped really make the FCF shine was how it stood out in comparison to it's competition; during a time in which the market was flooded with Pong clones, the FCF dared to be different and succeeded in doing so. By the time Atari released the Atari 2600, the FCF began to look fairly dated so to counteract this, Fairchild Semiconductor released upgraded editions of the console which were seen with mixed opinions. Despite being phased out by newer technology, the Channel F motivated Atari to produce the Atari 2600, a revolutionary console at the time. Although this name seems more intellectual than some other console names on this list, it sounds terrible and sounds like a music player rather than a games console.
The FairChild Channel F with it's classy wood finish.



4) APF TV FUN

Manufactured by APF Electronics, the APF TV FUN was a generic Pong clone that aimed to steal some of the glory from Atari's Home Pong. What came with 2 dials for control, the APF TV FUN was preloaded with 4 games upon launch (Tennis, Hockey, Squash and Single Handball). As an interesting bit of trivia, this console was named by 11 year old, Stuart Lipper who received a measly $1 for his efforts despite the console initially selling for $125 at launch. Marking the introduction of APF Electronics into the console market, it can be called a success as it prompted APF to release the successor - the 8 bit MP 1000.
The APF TV FUN's name sounds terrible, even laughable, however, what can we expect when it was named by an 11 year old who only received $1 for doing so? I guess the developers of this console really believed in children for them to have one name their work.
As you can see, the APF TV FUN came with 2 knobs, or dials,  for games to be played with.



3) Wii U

Released in 2012, the Wii U was the successor to 2006's explosively popular console, the Nintendo Wii. Upon launch the Wii U performed at a sustainable pace; however, the name probably puts people off it due to the similarities it has with it's predecessor which may prompt feelings confusion and perturbation. Furthermore, by simply adding a 'U' to the end of the predecessor's name Nintendo have succeeded in making the Wii U sound like a mere attachment for the Wii. For example, most people that I've spoken to didn't know what the Wii U was when it released and this led to me telling them that it wasn't the Wii, but a new Wii with a completely new controller to define the two. Not only does the Wii U sound fairly comical (with it being a single, seemingly random letter "U"), but it also possibly affected the sales of the Wii U due to confusion between the Wii and Wii U. Nevertheless, the Wii U has a good lineup of future games which should help attract more attention towards the blossoming console.
The Wii U beside it's controller. You can see why people see it to be an optional addition to the Wii because this image  focuses on the controller rather than the console.


2) Bandai Pippin


Few people actually know that this was a console produced by Apple, yes, that's right, the same people who produce the "I" devices (Ipod, IPhone, IPad etc...). Running on Apple's own Mac OS, the Bandai Pippin aimed to deliver a cheap, user-friendly CD experience but at that it failed because after launching in 1995, it was discoutinued a stark 2 years later. The name itself doesn't even sound like a console, nor an Apple product; however, the Pippin reportedly sold 42,000 systems before it's ultimate demise, despite the low numbers, Apple produced just below 100,000 of them which were predominantly shipped back to Japan after the American market responded negatively to Apple's failed gaming console. Will we be seeing Apple hit the console market again? It's possible but with the success of the "I" devices, it seems very unlikely for them to move their focus from such a successful business model that contributed to Apple's unprecedented level of prestige they have today.




Most people probably don't even know what this is.



1) APF IMAGINATION MACHINE

Released by APF Electronics in 1979, the APF Imagination Machine sported a full typewriter-keyboard and a tape drive which were specifically added to give the APF Imagination Machine a chance against it's competitor, the Atari 2600. What really defined the APF Imagination Machine was the way in which the user had the freedom to connect it to any television they liked; thus, the APF Imagination Machine is one of, if not the first, affordable PCs that had the ability to connect to the user's TV. When launched, the system retailed for a whopping $700, this far exceeds the price of any recent console's launch price. A few features that really defined the APF Imagination machine came in the form of APF Basic, a unique coder that allowed anyone to create their own game considering they had the knowledge to do so; the dual sided cassette drive which allowed  the user to program their games onto, or simply record their voice onto it; and finally, the accessories available for the APF Imagination Machine ranged from storage cartridges, floppy disc storage, additional RAM cartridges, mini floppy disc storage and the ability for it to be hooked up to a telephone modem. Unfortunately for the Imagination Machine series, the company behind it, APF Electronics, went out of business before the planned APF Imagination Machine 2 was released. Although no official specifications have ever been released, there are rumours that state the system would've had the same core as it's predecessor. With regards to the name, the APF Imagination Machine sounds comical far beyond anything else on this list which grants it the #1 spot on the top 5 worst games console names of all time.
Check out that keyboard! You don't see built in features like that on current-gen consoles.


So, there you have it, the top 5 worst names for video game consoles. Feel free to conduct your own research on these systems and leave a comment if you have anything in particular you'd like to discuss. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.

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EDIT: At the time of this article's inception the XBOX ONE was merely an idea of a name; however, after the reveal the almost laughable, non-chronological name was shunned. I believe the XBOX ONE's name deserves a place on this list.



9 comments:

  1. Putting the Wii U in this list is just stupid, it has not been out long enough to rate, it may be a bust in the end but it also could have an upturn with Zelda, Mario or Metroid games that take advantage of the controller.

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    1. its not worst console. just stupidest name/ and yes the wii u sounds retarted

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  2. So Wii U is worse than 3DO, Jaguar, Atari XE? LOL Obviously not much of a gamer if you think that is the case but pat yourself on the back for making yourself look clueless in order to take a cheap shot at a console you most likely never played. Oh and keep using the same tired BS most fanboys use as an excuse to hate on it. Yeah everyone thought the SNES was just a NES...Great games don't matter what matters most is casuals might be confused so that makes it a bad console.lol

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    1. He's not taking a shot at the Wii U, and calling him a fanboy is hypocrisy if I've ever seen it. There most definitely have been worse consoles (I'd say something like the Atari 5200 takes the cake); he's simply saying the name of the Wii U is confusing, and the way Nintendo has been marketing the console has been rather lackluster. Don't get me wrong, I most definitely look forward to the Wii U's upcoming titles and have been a longtime Nintendo fan, but I do understand his point. That said, this could also be argued for consoles such as the PS2, 3, and 4, as well as the Xbox 360 and 720, but the thing is they have a following that Nintendo has unfortunately lost before the end of the Wii's lifespan. This was mainly due to poor decisions on Nintendo's part to make the Wii seem like a viable console with good games, as opposed to a hub for casual 3rd party games. If Nintendo hadn't gone in the direction they did, perhaps the Wii U wouldn't be on this list.

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  3. I've heard worst names than Wii U, this article is just another bash at Nintendo. Saying the Wii U is confusing but yet you didn't put the Xbox one...

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