The V.Smile (marketed as the V.Smile TV Learning System) was a handheld and home edutainment console made for children ages 3 and up. It was released in August 2004 and discontinued in 2010, it was replaced by InnoTV/Storio TV.
Why It Flopped
- The startup sound is rather annoying. It starts with the VTech logo and then white background. An orange circle appears, transforms into a square, makes a face, grows arms and legs, and giggles. It then jumps on the word V.Smile with the "V" in turquoise blue, & "Smile" in orange. Then the words "TV Learning System" appear, then the square jumps off the words and says “V Smile.” However, if you don't have the game in the console, the startup loops endlessly.
- There are no clear reasons for the cartridges to be named "Smartridges". There is nothing special or interesting about them to make them smart.
- Most of the games are hard, with their difficulty coming from bad game design.
- The design of the console looks like a poorly-made Nintendo 64. The controller was badly designed as well.
- There were few exclusives and some of the games could be found on other platforms.
- Despite being released in the 6th generation, the graphics are the same levels as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis, resulting in horrible graphics such as in The Wiggles: It's Wiggle Time!.
- It didn't sell well due to the fact that there were educational games for other platforms, such as the Nintendo Wii.
- Some games were easy to beat.
- There are some educational games that teach little kids stuff like numbers and letters.
- Some games were actually fun.
The games from this console
- Toy Story 2: Operation Rescue Woody!
- Toy Story 3
- Finding Nemo - Nemo's Ocean Discoveries
- Action Mania
- The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood
- Alphabet Park Adventure
- Bob the Builder - Bob's Busy Day
- Care Bears: A Lesson in Caring
- Lil' Bratz: Friends, Fashion and Fun
- Cars - Rev It Up in Radiator Springs
- Cinderella - Cinderella's Magic Wishes
- Dora the Explorer - Dora's Fix-It Adventure
- The Backyardigans: Viking Voyage
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Mickey Mouse: Mickey's Magical Adventure
- My Pet Puppy
- Monsters vs. Aliens
- My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger's Bedtime for Bouncer
- PC Pal Island
- The Princess and the Frog: Tiana's Big Dream
- Partyland Park - A Carnival of Play and Learn Fun
- Ratatouille: Remy's New Recipes
- Scooby-Doo! - Funland Frenzy
- Scooby-Doo!: A Night Of Fright Is No Delight
- Shrek: Dragon's Tale
- Shrek Forever After
- Shrek the Third - Arthur's School Day Adventure
- SpongeBob SquarePants - A Day in the Life of a Sponge
- Snow Park Challenge
- Smart Keyboard
- Soccer Challenge
- The Lion King - Simba's Big Adventure
- Super Why: The Beach Day Mystery
- Thomas & Friends: Engines Working Together
- The Wiggles: It's Wiggle Time!
- Zayzoo: An Earth Adventure and Zayzoo: My Alien Classmate
- Wild Waves
- Winnie the Pooh: The Honey Hunt
- Wonder Pets!: Save The Animals!
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Attack of the 50 Foot Fleegle
- Go, Diego, Go!: Save the Animal Families!
There are five models; which include:
- The original V.Smile console that was released in 2004. A revision was released in 2007.
- The V.Smile Pocket, which was meant to compete with educational games released for the GBA. It had a few problems, which included the screen being a passive matrix, which could cause ghosting, though it can connect to a TV. It was revised somewhere between 2007 and 2008, which replaced the analog nub with a D-pad.
- The V.Smile Motion, which had a better-designed controller and Wii-inspired motion controls.
- The V.Smile Cyber Pocket, which was meant to compete against educational games made for the DS by including a digitizer below the screen. Aside from having the same screen as the V.Smile Pocket, both have the colored buttons below the screen, instead of having them on the right side of the system.
- The V.Smile Baby, an infant-oriented edition of the console that was released in 2006, Some Of the 3-5 rated was ported to v.smile baby
- The V.Flash, Professional Edition that was released after V.Smile Baby.