Most Underrated Video Game Consoles

This is about systems that have got a lot of hate through recent years, even though they are decent systems.

The Top Ten

1 Nintendo Gamecube

Definitely the best Nintendo console. I have one at my house, and I like it much better than my Wii and my Wii U (but not as much as my Xbox 1 S). Not many people that I know even know what this game console is, but they should. The remotes are much better than the remotes for any other Nintendo game console, and the Gamecube has some of the best Nintendo games (Mario Party 4, Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Bros Melee, and many others). - MrSnuffleupagus

Overrated because smash melee

I loved this console when it was still in existence. I have always said, GameCube was the only console that did video games based off movies and T.V. shows right. I think SpongeBob battle for bikini bottom was my favorite, and they did some great spinoff games like Shadow the hedgehog. Super smash bros melee was such a memorable game. Even Madagascar was an awesome game. I wish movie video games now were like they were on the GameCube. I wish this console was still around, it was so great.

Not only do I believe this console to be the most underrated, but I also consider it to be the greatest console so far. This was made back when the primary focus of game consoles was games, and it absolutely shined in that category.

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2 Nintendo Wii U

I don't care if it flopped, this thing directly impacted the Switch, is more powerful than the WIi (Still not as powerful though), and Nintendoland is just perfect.

People usually hate on the Wii you for 2 reasons: A. They never heard of it or B. They are Sony/Microsoft Fanboys. The Wii you had the balls to actually be innovative and not do the same thing over and over, and is starting to have a very good game literary, slowly but surely. I would vote Dreamcast, but this deserves at least 7.

Seriously stop making fun of wii you if you say Xbox one or PlayStation 4 is better you're WRONG the reason why you say its bad is because you haven't played it

If you actually have it, you would know that it's a hidden jewel. Too many people hate on it without having it. It had terrible marketing and a slow launch. Otherwise, this could have been a success. Right now, in 2017, it's amazing, but people either don't know that it is or have moved to the overhyped trash: Nintendo Switch. I enjoy playing games on my Wii U. I feel sorry for the people that are missing out/hate on this underrated, awesome console!

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3 Sega Dreamcast

The best game console ever made, It wasn't really a flop. It sold 10.6 million worldwide. Not that bad, but SEGA ran out of money to fund it, so it was discontinued early. It was still selling fairly well when it was called off. It also had a ridiculously awesome launch. This console also revolutionized the market. It allowed for online gameplay and web browsing right out of the box. The graphics were still inferior to the PCs at the time, but it was as close as it got to having a computer hooked up to your T.V.. Every game console that came after it had some way to connect to the internet. The controllers had analog triggers, which were great for racing games, FPS, and Flying games. The Xbox copied almost everything from the DC

Being that this console was the flop it didn't deserve to be many of it's most memorable games were lost in the sea of games from it's competitors.

This is absolutely hands down the best system ever made. Every console that came after it copied it's ideas. The first system to popularize online gaming. Allowed for online games right out of the box.

Shenmue, Arcadia, Jet Set Radio, Code Veronica, Crazy Taxi in yo house, Sega pushed to the limit with this console, oh I forgot about Sonic Adventures series.

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4 Sega Saturn

It's AMAZING. It had so much less shovelware than the other two at the time, and some of the best best games you've never heard of. Tons of hidden gems. This thing was so much better than the PlayStation, and has the best controller. If you don't have one, I suggest you pick one up. They're kind of pricey gotta say, but it feels like a steal once you buy it. Final verdict, sold 9.5 million worldwide, deserved at least 27 million.

Other than success in Japan, the Saturn did very poorly in Europe and North America. The Saturn had little third party support, but had some of the most fun games of the 5th generation including virtua cop, my personal favorite for the Saturn. Also had a great controller.

Way better than the PlayStation

Why do people even hate on this thing!? It is awesome!

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5 Sega Master System

The graphics were way ahead of their time

The sega master system is glorious.

The sega master system has so many great titles that are overlooked by most people. A great console that is often put far below the nes.

The Sega Master System always gets overshadowed by the NES, which was home to classics such as "Super Mario Bros.", "The Legend of Zelda", "Mega Man", "Metroid", "Duck Hunt", and "Excitebike". However, the Master System had a much better design, was superior in technical capabilities, had sturdy plastic clam-shell packaging as opposed to flimsy cardboard boxes, a more elaborate controller, Sega-Scope 3D glasses, and fun tiltes such as "Alex Kidd in Miracle World", "Shinobi", "Fantasy Zone", "Hang-On", "Black Belt", and "Outrun".

6 Neo-Geo

One of the more forgotten Consoles it was not that bad it was ironically the first to have a memory card that can used to save your progress. - htoutlaws2012

Perhaps the Neo Geo did have some awesome one-on-one fighters, arcade shooters, and sports titles. Perhaps it was 24-bit. Perhaps it did have great arcade-style joystick controllers. Perhaps it used memory cards. Perhaps it was well worth a rental in the early 1990's. But the system was released for purchase at a staggering 650 dollars! The games were sold for a couple hundred dollars and came in ginormous cartridges! This console probably would have been a smash hit if it didn't cost thousands of dollars to buy a Neo Geo AES with a few games! This is why the Neo Geo only caught on in the arcades, with the MVS, where you could play these games for mere quarters!

Complaining about the price tag is OK, but also consider the graphical capabilities.

It came and went due to a high price tag, but a really great and innovative game console. My only complaint is the cartridges, they're huge.

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7 Turbografx-16

Can you believe Hudson Soft teamed up with NEC to make a video game console? Not a lot of people knew about this. It didn't even have a library of games that people played because it failed to capture the attention like SNES & Sega Genesis. In my opinion, Hudson Soft, if you ever comeback to the video game industry, stick to being a third party video game company rather than a console manufacturer. You're great at doing that.

The Wii is not underrated

Another console not as popular in the 90's it had mostly good games just didn't compare to the likes of the SNES or the Genesis. - htoutlaws2012

The NEC Turbografx-16 may not have had the technical capabilities of the Sega Genesis, SNK Neo Geo, or Super Nintendo, but it did offer a trove of hidden gems, such as its fantastic shooters, like "Blazing Lazers" and "Galaga '90", its excellent platformers, like "Bonk's Revenge" and "Keith Courage in Alpha Zones", its awesome beat-'em-ups, like "The Legendary Axe" and "China Warrior", its fun party games, like "Bomberman '93", and its nice arcade-style romps, such as "Parasol Stars". It also had the best pinball simulators around! The NEC Turbografx-16 is 16-bit gaming with turbo control on a chip!
This game console is one of the most underappreciated, and is easily one of the top ten game consoles of all time.

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8 Sega CD

True. Sega CD still had Sonic The Hedgehog CD, which made it worth it.

I just don't get the hate for that console, it's not a bad system by any means.

Well, this is one of the consoles you either love or hate. It had some really good games

It actually had the best versions of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune until 2010

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9 Game Boy Color

I have still got mine from the 90's

10 Sega Game Gear

Such a great console! So many great games like Sonic Chaos, Deep Duck Trouble, Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage, Columns, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, Prince of Persia, and the list goes on. The landscape design of the console is much more comfortable than the original Game Boy's design and the screen is easy to see. The only two problems are that it requires 6 AA batteries which are eaten up in about three hours and it has really weak capacitors but then again, you can just use an AC adapter or a battery pack and the capacitors aren't hard to replace if you know what to do (there are a lot of tutorials on the internet). Overall, this is my favorite handheld of the 4th generation era though I do love the Game Boy and the Lynx too. I highly recommend picking one of these up.

I just got one yesterday at a game store and it came with Sonic 2 and I think it's extremely underrated. It has a lot of cool features like the T.V. Tuner that makes you watch T.V. on your Game Gear. the only things I hate about the console is that it requires 6 AA+ batteries and the brightness switch was just useless. Still a great console though. - FasterThanSonic

A nice hand held with great games, it had a lot of cool features but isn't recognized

I have a Game Gear that came with a battery pack, but it isn't working right due to bad capacitors. - AlexTopTens

Worst console ever! Even its competitor,the gameboy, is a Huge successful!

The Contenders

11 Gizmondo

I have never played a Gizmondo myself but I have done a lot of research on the console and its insanely intriguing history and from what I have read its not as bad as everyone says. It was a system with a lot of potential but such horrible luck. Like it has some very great stuff going for it. Like its graphics and other stuff like that were very impressive for a handheld at the time. It had some fantastic game developers on board to make games. It could also be used as a gps. It even could play text and play music. It also had a camera (not a good camera but still a camera). It may just be but I find the fact that you could buy the full console for about $400 or buy it for $229 but it would play about 3 ads a day with some that even had special offers to be quite a cool concept which I wish could have seen the light of day.
But it just was not lucky. It was not marketed right, it had a better version of the console previewed before it was released making possible buyers want to ...more - pinkrose

The least sold console of all time shouldn't even be here it's terrible! - htoutlaws2012

Which retard said we need to add adverts onto the console!?

What?! The Gizmondo sucked! - Sage_Naruto

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12 Ouya

Why is the Ouya on here it was nothing but an overhyped piece of garbage.

This isn't even underrated or good, it's just trash.

This was a terrible console - kempokid

It outsold the XB1 in Canada that's something right? - htoutlaws2012

13 PlayStation Vita

Waste of an epic potential.

PlayStation is a God platform for playing games!

So underrated. There are so many great games on it like LittleBigPlanet, Persona 4, Freedom Wars, Rayman Legends, Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed, Uncharted, Tearaway, Touch my Katamari, Minecraft, etc. I love Smash Bros and Zelda but I'll take the Vita over the 3DS any day.

Honestly, why does this system get hate?

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14 ColecoVision

The Colecovision had some pretty cool add-ons back then.A steering wheel,a trackpad,an atari 2600,it had had a computer as an addon for god's sake.And it's pretty cool that there are 2 teams that make colecovision games,even as of today! - RyanMtheGamer

It was Interesting. that's it

15 Nintendo Wii

Okay, I know. This game might look like it's for kids and casuals, but underneath are games that any gamer can enjoy. It might not be HD but it looks better than any 6th generation console and it still has good graphics. The motion controls are awesome when used right. Not to mention the virtual console.

This console has help millions get fit, it has backwards compatibility with the GameCube, Virtual Console. Huge line of games for pretty much everyone and so much more! It only gets all of the massive hate because of graphics! Just because the graphics are not as good doesn't mean it sucks! Here's a question: do you have a working brain? Yes? Then you love the Wii! No? Then you hate the Wii! And it is not necessary for the fat 13 year olds to call Wii players things like Wiis and Nintendrones! That is the same as being racist! Look at all of the problems with Xbox 360! For hell sake!

Everyone hates it, but the Wii controller is very comfortable, and Wii motion plus is very accurate.

If you've ever hacked the Wii, then you probably know exactly what this list is talking about...and why this item should definitely be a hell of a lot higher on this list, not to mention - xandermartin98

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16 Sega Nomad

You can put Mega Drive cartridges in it, and you can play it on the go! Though, the only complaint I have is that it doesn't have a reset button. :/

17 Atari Lynx
18 Neo Geo Pocket Color
19 Nintendo 3DS

Really cool console.

Samus Returns, enough said - xandermartin98

The only reason why did I purchase this it was because of Pokemon xy :P

20 Xbox Original

Was my first console, (and it still works) yet it rarely ever gets any attention from people nowadays! - myusernameisthis

�� I AM SHOCKED - Carly19781

21 Atari 5200

This system also got a lot of hate... For it's bad controller, get over the bad controller and you will find 1 of the systems most collectors collect for.

The most hated controller of all time! - htoutlaws2012

That controller is all I have to say!

WHAT!? This console was horrible!

22 Power Kracker 2013

Mad? Who, me? No, I'm not mad. I mean who's mad? How can I be mad when I bought a video game console that has CIRCUS CHARLIE AND OVER 5000 NAMES I'M FINE! CRACK THIS! - MinecraftHater

Jontron anyone?

NO! Its just a crappy famiclone


23 Bandai SwanCrystal
24 Atari Jaguar

If I tried to say anything, I'd be saying what just about everyone else is saying, yes it had a lot of bad games but the console itself was very good and some games even had a lot of potential that their designers were too lazy to realise.

Quite possibly the most underrated consoles in existence. People look down on this console because of the Do the Math ads and crappy games like Kasumi Ninja and Checkered Flag yet they don't realise there are also some amazing games on the console like Tempest 2000, AVP, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Raiden, Iron Soldier, Rayman, etc. Speaking of Rayman, it was originally going to be a Jaguar exclusive so without the Jaguar, we wouldn't have the Rayman franchise. Also, the controller is not that bad. It's actually quite comfortable and the number pad is useful for switching weapons in FPS games. There were even more great games in development for the console like Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Tomb Raider and Alone in the Dark but they were cancelled because the Jaguar got discontinued. It's a shame this console didn't take off. It could've had a lot of potential but thanks to the marketing blurbs and the fact that is was hard to develop for, it failed. :(

It had potential, but was hard to develop games for. If some game developers weren't as lazy as they were, this could have been a successful console.

Had some good games. Not nearly as bad as people say it is

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25 Panasonic 3DO

A Bad console, but it has some interesting game

During the era of 16 bit console war I remember 3DO graphics just being mind blowing, also it was more of multimedia device you can load pictures n also watch movies or shows! Sure this seems eh now but remember this was way before dvds were ever thought or digital pictures on cd... This system was genius but due to the price tag being outrageous people just simply could not go that route when you got sonic and mario for way affordable...

I agree with you, they accidentally made the price too high and it only had a few games, (including the worst, plumbers don't wear ties) - Harri666

Just don't understand the hate. Just because you couldn't afford it, doesn't mean it's not awesome. It had quite a few good games

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26 Bandai WonderSwan Color
27 Neo Geo Pocket
28 Bandai WonderSwan
29 The Phantom

Believe it or not, I had actually seen a working prototype Phantom console on eBay a couple or so years ago! - AlexTopTens

If it just saw daylight, PlayStation and the rest consoles would be history.

Oh yes the console that never released back in 2003 in the 6th Gen. Just think if it did would it have been bad or would have been ok? - htoutlaws2012

30 PlayStation 4

This? Underrated? Impossible!

Who put this here? If anything this is overrated.

Really, did a fanboy get this on the list for it to get love? Wii U is better.

Great console but FAR from underrated.

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31 Intellivision

I had several of these and by far my favorite system of all time. Always thought the overlay idea was sweet.

This system was overrated. Play Atari 2600 and ColecoVision instead.

How is it lower than Power Kracker 2013?

Also has one of the most overhated controller ever.

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32 Philips CD-i

Underrated for a reason... Hotel Mario...

Ugh horrid console that deserves to be buried like E.T. - htoutlaws2012

33 Watara Supervision
34 PlayStation 3

Why it is amazing - Carly19781

35 PSP

Did a fanboy get in this list and want this console to get more praise? Because this console is overrated by all means! (Still good)

Why because you don't like Sony making their own Gameboy?

What how is this system in any way underrated? It is the 3rd best selling handheld of all time, it is highly praised by critics and gamers, it isn't underrated, a console everyone loves is NOT underrated! The Wii and PsVita are what you call underrated and GameCube and Wii U are also underrated. But how in hell is PSP underrated? This console is OVERRATED (but still good)! But seriously, I am losing faith in humanity!

36 Game Boy Micro
37 Virtual Boy

The virtual boy is the reason why Virtual Reality is becoming popular.

Well... this console does deserve the hate it receives. But, it is no where near as bad as the Tiger R-Zone.

Well This Console Actually Has Some Decent Games Like Warioland, Red Alarm, Galactic Pinball and Jack Brothers

Is it underrated because it affected peoples health? they didn't make many games.

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38 Vectrex

Minestorm is the greatest game on this console!

Real old school gold of retro video game past. I love mine and wish that this console got more love from others.

The Vectex, a third-generation console that was innovative for having a built-in video screen and laser-sharp vector graphics. It had little third party support, but there were some good games on it. Unfortunately, it was released some time before the video game crash, caused by the market being saturated with badly-made games and too many competing systems. - AlexTopTens

The Vectrex is actually a second generation game console, it competed with other second generation game consoles such as Atari, Odyssey 2, and ColecoVision.

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39 Atari 2600

It's a great console, shame that most kids these days give it no respect. Without this, video games wouldn't be that popular.

Why isn't Atari St on here? I enjoyed playing the games on my cousins. But at the moment I can only remember James Pond and Moonwalker (Yeah a Michael Jackson game lol)

6 words: Good console. Good games. Great success.

40 Atari 7800

If the folks doing homebrew games today had worked for Atari back in the day, the 7800 might have given Nintendo more of a run for its money. The 7800 was as capable as the NES, an in a few cases, maybe more so (look at Robotron 2084, the NES would have struggled immensely to pulled that game off). The POKEY chip should have been installed in the system, not the individual games. Games like Ikari Warriors were more faithful to the arcade than their NES counterparts. Oh, and if North America had gotten those European Joypads instead of the long-handled joysticks, Atari 7800 would have been a far greater success.

The controller is kind of bad, but it had good graphics and backwards compatibility with the Atari 2600 games.

Probably the most forgotten of the consoles. - htoutlaws2012

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42 Xbox 360

At least the slim model doesn't feature that infamous halo of doom.

This is not underrated.

It's underrated when you compare it to the ps3


43 Chintendo Vii

Nah,that system was garbage.The Chintendo B... was better. - RyanMtheGamer

Not underrated at all, it's a weird bootleg knockoff of the Wii with games starring these creepy bunnies or whatever they are.

It is a ripoff of Wii. It was made in China, but so was the Wii. Wii is more professionally made than this lousy console.

It is a Ripoff of Wii. Stupid Chinese.

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44 Gameboy Advance

Grr mine broke at the back where you had to put the batteries, I had to sellotape it.

45 Nintendo 64

Finally! Now put other Nintendo consoles released in the late 20th Century and the SEGA Genesis on this list!

46 64DD

First Online Platform and Add-on of Nintendo 64.

47 PlayStation 2

Almost everybody forgot this.

Are you people normal? Almost everybody forgot PS2.

This sold more than any other console in history and lived on for like 12 years! How the heck is this UNDERRATED? I loved this console (still my primary console), but it got all the love it deserved.

This is the best selling system ever (155,000,0) copies. It is OVERRATED

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48 Xbox One

This is not underrated, this console sold millions. Oh, and this console has bad hardware and forces you to turn on Kinect.

Wait. This console is overrated, not underrated. - recaller

Not underrated, every boy at my school has one, DUH!

Hey this one gets more updates

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49 Nintendo DS

The DS was awesome. - randomuser2525

Like the Wii, it's a great console with a lot of great games but also has way too much shovelware.

50 Capcom CPS Changer

Wouldn't you believe that Capcom had its own video game console back during the fifth generation?

Released in 1994, it was only available via mail order, and the system and games were expensive, but not as expensive as the Neo-Geo. Plus, it uses the same type of controller ports as the SNES. It was only sold in Japan. I remember seeing that console show up on eBay a couple of times.

The game cartridges are even larger than the AES main console. That's because they're arcade motherboards programmed for home use and put in special plastic casings.

The CPS Changer was Capcom's answer to the Neo-Geo, and it was based on the CPS-1 hardware that had introduced the world to Street Fighter II.

It didn't do that well, and support for it was eventually dropped in 1996. - AlexTopTens

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