Launch date: October 29, 2009
Fatal flaw(s): Features gave no incentive for users to upgrade, bulky
This pick is more of a personal one for us. We love the DSi. We think it's a great portable gaming console, replete with two screens that provide an experience unlike any other platform on the market. The DSi XL? Eh, not so much. The idea of having two larger screens sounds cool in concept, but in reality it didn't provide a vastly different experience. Satoru Iwata argued that the DSi XL gave users a new method of playing the Gameboy by becoming a "portable system that can be enjoyed with people surrounding the gamer." We're sorry, we thought that's what the Wii was for.