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V.Smile
Vtech Vsmile French version.JPG
Besides teaching motor skills, this thing doesn't teach kids anything.
Developer: VTech
Release Date: NA: August 3, 2004
Predecessor: Socrates
Successor: V.Flash
Competitors: Leapster TV
Generation: Sixth generation


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

  1. 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.
  2. There are no clear reasons for the cartridges to be named "Smartridges". There is nothing special or interesting about them to make them smart.
  3. Most of the games are hard, with their difficulty coming from bad game design.
  4. The design of the console looks like a poorly-made Nintendo 64. The controller was badly designed as well.
  5. There were few exclusives and some of the games could be found on other platforms.
  6. 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!.
  7. It didn't sell well due to the fact that there were educational games for other platforms, such as the Nintendo Wii.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some games were easy to beat.
  2. There are some educational games that teach little kids stuff like numbers and letters.
  3. Some games were actually fun.

The games from this console

  1. Toy Story 2: Operation Rescue Woody!
  2. Toy Story 3
  3. Finding Nemo - Nemo's Ocean Discoveries
  4. Action Mania
  5. The Adventures of Little Red Riding Hood
  6. Alphabet Park Adventure
  7. Bob the Builder - Bob's Busy Day
  8. Care Bears: A Lesson in Caring
  9. Lil' Bratz: Friends, Fashion and Fun
  10. Cars - Rev It Up in Radiator Springs
  11. Cinderella - Cinderella's Magic Wishes
  12. Dora the Explorer - Dora's Fix-It Adventure
  13. The Backyardigans: Viking Voyage
  14. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  15. Mickey Mouse: Mickey's Magical Adventure
  16. My Pet Puppy
  17. Monsters vs. Aliens
  18. My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger's Bedtime for Bouncer
  19. PC Pal Island
  20. The Princess and the Frog: Tiana's Big Dream
  21. Noddy
  22. Partyland Park - A Carnival of Play and Learn Fun
  23. Ratatouille: Remy's New Recipes
  24. Scooby-Doo! - Funland Frenzy
  25. Scooby-Doo!: A Night Of Fright Is No Delight
  26. Shrek: Dragon's Tale
  27. Shrek Forever After
  28. Shrek the Third - Arthur's School Day Adventure
  29. SpongeBob SquarePants - A Day in the Life of a Sponge
  30. Snow Park Challenge
  31. Smart Keyboard
  32. Soccer Challenge
  33. The Lion King - Simba's Big Adventure
  34. TinkerBell
  35. Super Why: The Beach Day Mystery
  36. Thomas & Friends: Engines Working Together
  37. Up
  38. Wall-e
  39. The Wiggles: It's Wiggle Time!
  40. Zayzoo: An Earth Adventure and Zayzoo: My Alien Classmate
  41. Wild Waves
  42. Winnie the Pooh: The Honey Hunt
  43. Wonder Pets!: Save The Animals!
  44. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Attack of the 50 Foot Fleegle
  45. Go, Diego, Go!: Save the Animal Families!

Models

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.

Videos

Comments


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BlazePlastic2003

19 months ago
Score 4
What the shit did I just read?
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

18 months ago
Score 3
That's how I felt after reading this too
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Montelomos

8 months ago
Score 2
It feels like they ruined the reputation of my first video game console
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Mr. Tenno

17 months ago
Score 2
I used this when I was little.
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NintenDylan64

17 months ago
Score 2

I had this when I was little.

And they eventually released a much better designed controller.
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Nihirichan

14 months ago
Score 2
Used to have a Dora game on this console!
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206kid

12 months ago
Score 3
I had a Dora game, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse game and a Wonder Pets game. Also some Spiderman game and some others.
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Montelomos

8 months ago
Score 2

I only had 4 games, Spider-Man, Toy Story 2, Little Einsteins and SpongeBob.

I recently beat all 4 games, except the SpongeBob one, which was confusing.
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 0
I had one of the Thomas the Tank Engine games for it, and whenever I turned it off, I would feel like those words Bye-bye would haunt me in my sleep.
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Pacsonic9000

12 months ago
Score 1
I used to have this. I liked it. I used to think that it was a Nintendo 64 knock off years later.
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DarkMatterMan4500

7 months ago
Score 0
I used to own one too. I had a Spider-Man game for it, along with Elmo, Finding Nemo, Thomas & Friends, and so forth.
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DarkMatterMan4500

11 months ago
Score 1
I used to own this when I was very young. There was a time where I turned off the console that the voice actor said bye-bye before shutting down.
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Pacsonic9000

9 months ago
Score 3
Someone turned one of the controllers into a pc gamepad and same person turned one of these into a Raspberry Pi retro emulation machine.
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Freddy83

9 months ago
Score 2
Proof?
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BlakeIsHere458

7 months ago
Score 1
Cool!
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Freddy83

7 months ago
Score 1
The V.Flash looks better than that atrocity.
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EdEddandEddyFan

4 months ago
Score 0
Oh and it used UMD-style gamediscs.
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Rango

6 months ago
Score 1
Personally this console isn't bad since it was made for little kids
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DarkMatterMan4500

6 months ago
Score 0
But one of the voice acting started haunting me as a kid.
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Chooks123456

3 months ago
Score 1

I want to own and hook it up on tv. Games: Idk V.Smile Gen.:2nd Color:Orange

Language:Spanish
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AJLOGOMAN

one month ago
Score 0

I had sixteen of those mentioned games, also I had a tv console port and two handhelds. I also had a Batman and a Superman and a Kung Fu Panda game as well.

Nineteen total.

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