8 FAILED Video Game Consoles That Never Made it to America

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE 8 RARE INTERNATIONAL CONSOLES? While North America has plenty of great game exclusives, Japan is the true capital of video games and has had many consoles released over the years.

This is TheGamer’s list of 8 Game consoles that never made it to America.

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America often gets a lot of the big game console releases, but through the years, there have been multiple times where a console was released exclusively in another country and never made it stateside. A majority of these consoles weren’t very popular while others were just precursors to some of our favorite consoles of all-time.

One of Nintendo’s first ever home consoles was released in Japan and known as the Nintendo Color TV-Game 6. It features one game with multiple variations of the game and was essentially a version of Pong. Casio released a console in Japan catered exclusively to girls. The design was female oriented along with the games and special features. The Bandai Playdia was a home console filled with educational games and released exclusively to Japan. The Amstrad GX4000 was Britain’s answer to the console wars, but it failed miserably due to cheaper computer games at the time. The FM Towns Marty was able to play Cd-Rom games, but lacked the graphics capabilities that made the Playstation a huge hit. The NEC PC-FX has a great look and controller but failed to capitalize on the games and never took off like it should have. Sega’s first console was the SG-1000 and has many differences from the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis we grew to know and love. The Game Boy faced international competition in the form of the Bandai Wonderswan, but the portable console came out just a little too late to make a big impact. Watch to see all 8 consoles that never made it to America!

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50 Comments

  1. JediMind Trix on April 6, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    That FM Marty was actually pretty damn impressive for 1989!



  2. Santhush PlayZ on April 6, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    The Amstrad controller is a rip-off of the NES controller



  3. ThePrufessa on April 6, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Another downfall of infrared controllers is you have to keep them pointed at the receiver. My mini genesis has some and it gets annoying.



  4. Gamer Gear on April 6, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    I want to work for Sega work for Sega so I can convince them so they can make another game console so I can see Nintendo losing the console war



  5. Joseph Flores on April 6, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    You forgot the Gameboy light



  6. Dan TheMan on April 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    the gx4000 sounds like a graphics card



  7. Ș power on April 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Japan is responsible for our childhood consoles



  8. Bianca Rene on April 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    "Learning while playing video games, ew."
    Ubisoft: "is Assassin’s Creed a joke to you"



  9. carrie mena on April 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    All



  10. Corbin Carter on April 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    I think they should add the Sega Mega CD because it was only sold in Japan and Europe. But there IS the Sega CD in America.



  11. LeOn HeLp on April 6, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    The playdia is the prototype of the stadia



  12. ThePrufessa on April 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Why would anybody cater a game SYSTEM to one gender?!



  13. Arachmadi Putra on April 6, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    They are awesome, but why the heck the "Poly" stuff can reach US?



  14. Kathy Talanges on April 6, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    0:01



  15. Diego Romero on April 6, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    the orange and whit nick scheme was not introduced until 1984



  16. John Skellington on April 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    You forgot the Commodore Amiga CD 32 which only got a release in Europe and Canada, but since production and sales were too expensive it never gotten a US release, which doesn’t surprise me cause it’s one of the worst systems out there!



  17. Anthony Kot on April 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I would say, I wish to Try Color TV-Game.



  18. AnneTeun Linsen on April 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    N64dd is weird



  19. Lps Lovebird on April 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    13:00 Lol



  20. Captain Yorkie YT on April 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    How did the Commodore: Amiga cd32 not make the list. It was so bad that before it’s USA release it was already discontinued.
    Only released in Canada and Europe about 100,000 were sold.



  21. Liam Oihan Sadlier Puy on April 6, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Did any of these come to Europe?



  22. Miguel Sanchez on April 6, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Sony PlayStation 1



  23. X-Factor Gaming on April 6, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    This guy’s an idiot. As seen in all his videos. I’ve seen a few of these at conventions.



  24. Reasonable Knievel on April 6, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    The Japanese had DVD players in 1995? Fuckaroo it really IS the future there.



  25. Coco B fan on April 6, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Bandai Playdia sounds more like a disease than a console



  26. ThatGarchomp Guy on April 6, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Wait… did stadia rip off pladia



  27. henry on April 6, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    SG 1000



  28. Fardeen Rabbani on April 6, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Fm towns marty sounds like a guy named marty living in a town while operating a radio



  29. Ushik Singhal on April 6, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    What



  30. loveliest name on April 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I be living in the uk



  31. ThePrufessa on April 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    That gx4000 controller is even smaller than the Nintendo.



  32. StarwarsSammler on April 6, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    The rarest Game Console of the World with cool Story is the BSS01 ( RFT TV Spiel Bildschirmspiel 01 ) of the East Germany Communist Party in 1979. Were Produzed 988 Pieces ! ! ! ! Today Worldwide 200 Pieces ! ! ! !
    Variants of the 988 BSS01
    800 Pieces Black Today 160 Wordwide ! ! ! !
    188 Pieces White Today 40 Worldwide ! ! ! !
    Secret Communist Agents smuggles the American Chip to East Germany



  33. nintendians on April 6, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    1. those are early times, but help make the nes.
    2. sounds cool.
    3. sound like some of the sega cd games and sega cd console does.
    4. it look a nes rip off.
    5. like #2.
    6. looks good but too late when 3d gaming hit.
    7. look like the classic atari.
    8. kind of reminds me of those tiger electronic pocket games.

    my favorite console of all time is the n64.



  34. Jake Alter on April 6, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Never try to challenge Nintendo in the world of hand held consoles, it won’t end well



  35. Simon on April 6, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    title:8 *FAILED* Video Game Consoles That Never Made it to America

    video: number 8 is color tv game which sold 3 million units and was a commercial hit



  36. Neil Dennis on April 6, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    1:21 to be fair, there were like a dozen Pong style consoles on the market in the late 1970s, so the US technically had this.



  37. goodall1bay on April 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    You really don’t like Amstrad , or is it just British people ?



  38. Kafke on April 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    As a girl: The casio loopy is amazing. Too bad we didn’t get that here in the US. It was way ahead of it’s time. Also FM towns and NEC PC-FX ain’t failures lol. JP-exclusive =/= failure. SG-1000 was a decent success to warrant more sega consoles lmao.



  39. Spectrum on April 6, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    *CONSOLES IN A NUTSHELL*
    Nintendo Colour-TV Game (1977 – 1980): Nintendo’s Atari
    Casio Loopy (1995): A "Girly" console with only one port, plus a sticker printer
    Bandai Playdia (1994 – 1996): Only had choose-your-own-adventure titles
    Amstrad GX4000 (1990): A British Genesis knockoff that plays old PC titles
    Fujitsu FM Towns Marty (1989 – 1995): The most innovative console of the 80s. It’s like the PlayStation, but with a ridiculous name and $700 price-tag, equivalent to $1,462 now
    Hudson Soft NEC PC-FX (1994 – 1998): Hudson Soft’s 32-bit game console, which can also play anime and Kodak picture CD roms. It’s backwards compatable with TurboGrafx-16 games too
    SEGA SG-1000 (1983 – 1987): SEGA’s original console, basically the Famicom with a joystick
    Bandai Wonderswan (1997 – 2002): Gunpei Yokoi’s final console before his death, created as revenge for the Watara Supervision. It played games vertically AND horizontally, but failed due to the GBA’s success.



  40. animevocaloidretro 89 on April 6, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I can agree that the FM Towns Marty sounds like a radio station name.



  41. David Lopez Buenrostro on April 6, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Wow



  42. Lee Temple on April 6, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Little knob cheese taking the piss out of england . Your reviews are stupid 😂 you need to work on yourself before disrespecting a whole country. I imagine some of your subscribers are English you silly little pleb tut tut



  43. Popeye Jones on April 6, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    We did get the Casio home calculator.



  44. titan gaming bot on April 6, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    None of these really failed they just didnt come to specific countries



  45. Ushik Singhal on April 6, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    STICKERS



  46. wiiugeorge 64 on April 6, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    What’s the name of this music?



  47. saishowaguu2 on April 6, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    The Dragon Ball Z games were exactly why I imported the Playdia back in the 90s.



  48. joshua orth on April 6, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    I was 10 years old when I got my very 1st gaming console which was a Nintendo 64 at the time was very popular in the video gaming community but what do you expect I got it a year after it was released because I got mine in 1997 and it was originally released in 1996



  49. Beat on April 6, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    The pl



  50. ConnieHedgie642 Productions, Inc. on April 6, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    The Playdia controller looks more like the NES controller than anything else.