Launch date: August 14, 1995
Fatal flaw(s): Poor design, poor graphics
Hopefully future gadget designers will realize that people aren't yet ready to enjoy a world fully contained within a headset. Nintendo's Virtual Boy was designed by Gunpei Yokoi, the legendary engineer that designed the Gameboy. According to Game Over magazine, Yokoi never intended the Virtual Boy to be released in the form that it was, but Nintendo pushed ahead anyway. That cost the company dearly. The reviews came back bashing the aesthetics of the machine, along with the graphics. Nintendo dropped the price many times but still saw no spike in interest. Nintendo discontinued Virtual Boy in 1996 with only 800,000 shipped worldwide.