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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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also the ps3 slim and the psp 3000
I loved both Game boys!!
Wow, I just realized that, with the exceptions of the 360 and Gameboy Advanced SP, I've never owned a redesigned console, always first-gen.
idk why everyone says the 1st PS3 looks the best. To me it looks like cheap plastic (except for the gloss black, which is a FINGER PRINT MAAAAGNET). I personally think the first slim looks the nicest. It looks the most completed to me. The first PS3 looks like a prototype to me.
The second NES is so ugly !!!
HaHa I really liked this, It is cool too see how they transformed.
Oh yeah, and what about the original playstation with the SNES cartdridge port?
Ughhhh.... I'll never forget when Sony first announced the Slim PS2... At that point I knew the Gamecube was finished.
"...PSP died a slow death here in the states." I'm not sure I understand this one. There are still quality games for the system (being ported many years later, but here nonetheless). I didn't realize the handheld was dead, though.
I personally remember and owned the redesigned Playstation 1 and still have my blessed PS3 Slim. In general, the redesigns always make the consoles better and better.
I'd like to say that the Xbox 360 gets better with each redesign but I'm really not that sure
I have seen all of these before besides the remake to the NES... man that looks weird!
Honestly, I think companies should make home consoles into portables, I know, I know, there was a PSP, but that think is easily CRAP. Wouldn't it be awesome if Nintendo made a Gamecube portable with Gyro-controls and internet connection? You coupd play regular Gamecube games because of its tiny size, but there would be certain games that would take advantage of gyro-controls and the internet. Yeah, and Xbox360P how awesome would that be? A PORTABLE 360 PEOPLE, A PORTABLE XBOX. I'm still waiting for the day Nintendo will announce the DAMN GCP. Come on, I'm waiting!
it's crazy to look back at the old consoles and see how they have developed...makes me feel old.