6. Gakken TV BoyYear released:
In 1983, Japan experienced a boomlet in home-grown game consoles, among which was this oddity, the Gakken TV Boy. Not too long after the TV Boy's brief flowering, the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/148391/inside_nintendos_classic_game_console.html|Nintendo Famicom|Inside Nintendo's Classic Game Console]] (the Japanese NES, also released in 1983) became a stunning success and swept most of its competitors out of the marketplace. Signature problems:
Awkward, T-shaped joystick built into main unit (the handle on the left side was not detachable; it was designed for the user to grip while playing, to help stabilize the system). Small library of bad games.Redeeming features:
Its quirky design has plenty of charm.