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At the end of November, Nintendo announced the existence and Canadian launch of the new Wii Mini (pictured above). Console redesigns are nothing new, as they've been frequent occurrences for most popular systems. Take a look below to see the second (and sometimes third and fourth) comings of several consoles.
If you grew up playing NES, you were most likely using the model on the left. Considering that the top loader model (right) didn't debut until 1993, many gamers had already moved on to the 16-bit era of gaming. In addition to the new method of inserting game cartridges, it also introduced a new controller that resembled the shape of the one used for the SNES.
With a size that many compared to a brick, the original Game Boy was technically portable but certainly not ideal for pockets. The aptly named Game Boy Pocket rectified this problem with a drastically reduced size that was far better suited for on-the-go gaming. In addition to being smaller and lighter, it also took less batteries than its big brother.
Sega made several changes to the casing of the Genesis between the first and second versions, from changing the power switch to a button to omitting the volume slider. When the Genesis 3 (far right) was introduced in 1998 (well into the Playstation/Nintendo 64 era), it featured the low price of $49.99 and a dramatically smaller frame. Unfortunately for cheaters, this version was the only one that wasn't compatible with the Game Genie.
Like most of the console redesigns on this list, the SNS-101 model (right) of the Super Nintendo was smaller than its predecessor. It launched in October of 1997 for $99.95, and included either Yoshi's Island, A Link to the Past, Kirby Super Star, or Tetris Attack, depending on which retailer you purchased it from. In addition to the cosmetic changes, the redesign also eliminated the eject button.
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Lol I most of these I have either never heard of the redesign or never heard of the original.:)
I'm proud to say I own a lot of first model consoles. HEll, I never owned the newer PS2, even though my old PS2 has such a thick layer of dust that I was actually scared to blow it off.
I'm also still using an old Xbox 360 Elite. Yes, it's a b*tch to get a hard drive.
I'm still kinda peeved that the 3DS XL doesn't include a second analogue stick.
Hot damn the yanky snes was ugly as sin, my pal one looked sweet, all curves. though you had to keep it away from the window, uv light from the sun made the grey plastic kinda go yellow. also the Mega Drive II is one of the coolest looking consoles, the original looked kinda meh (though i did like a headphone jack, good for plugging directly into sound system) The N64 and Mega Drive II both have a kinda futuristic look to them which i think is awesome. also if you look at a Dreamcast from the side it kinda curves along too. Original PS2 looked kinda crappy but i loved the slim, such a dramatic shrink in size! if they made it slot loading i would have probably had the console hidden amongst all my game cases. oh and launch PS3 ftw, glossy black with chrome!
Wow... Looking at all the remakes, I'm kind of disappointed I still only have a DS Lite..
Ooh a wii mini. A smaller piece of crap.
You forgot the first one (that I know of) - the redesigned Atari 2600. The original was boxy, 70s-style with a faux-woodgrain cabinet and silver trim. The second version (a.k.a 2600 Junior) was smaller, more angular, and (slightly) sleeker. It was released when the NES was the reigning king of game consoles, and advertised for under $50 compared to at least $100 for the NES.
Honestly, It's features like this on the site that make me love GI. Great work Dan!
I miss my Game Boy Pocket, good memories...
I would think that anyone who wanted a Wii would have bought it by now. Apparently I am wrong.
You never really think about all the ones of the past I guess but its cool to see em all in one place.
I had a couple of the ps slim models, and my kid has had a bunch of the ds models since it came out.
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And sad exclusion of earlier redesigns like Atari 2600 6 switch->4 switch->Jr , Intellivision-> Intellivision II, and everything->Ben Heck hack.
I loved the GBA SP.
Man, I still have my Ice Blue SE Pocket and my clear purple GBC... still love Tetris DX on my GBA SP (with the better screen, they didn't mention it but there were multiple versions of the GBA SP...)
i have had the ds lite the gamboy sp and the ps1 mini