The Gizmondo was launched in 2005 by Tiger Telematics (not to be confused with Tiger Electronics, developers of Game.com and R-Zone) and took on the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. It had unique features such as Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, SMS & MMS, GPS, and GPRS. Only 25,000 units were ever sold in its short lifespan.
Why It Flopped
- Limited advertising in the United States with only four games that were released in the United States.
- The Gizmondo cost $400. You could buy it for $229, with the downside of having to watch adverts. Its competition, Sony PSP cost $249 and Nintendo DS cost $149.
- It was mostly sold in shopping mall kiosks.
- Stefan Eriksson, one of the people involved in its development and Carl Freer, the founder and CEO of Tiger Telematics, had criminal records in the past that surfaced a year after they resigned from Tiger Telematics and after the Gizmondo was released.
- Shortly after the Gizmondo was released, Freer announced a wider screened Gizmondo, which may have made gamers hesitant to purchase the original. A wider screened Gizmondo was never released.
- Only 14 games were released for the system before Tiger Telematics went bankrupt!
- Believe it or not, some of the games where never released, like the GTA-esque game Colors.
- The chassis that was used for it was a rubber case with no plastic underneath, meaning that this console is slowly melting with time.
- Sticky Balls is the best game on the system. Sticky Balls was also released on the iOS, due to the game's popularity on iOS, it came with a sequel.
- With only 8 or 14 games, it will be easy to get the entire library of the Gizmondo.
- The console has a ton of features ahead of its time, including Bluetooth, SMS, and GPS. It actually has quite a bit in common with the PlayStation Vita in terms of features.
- Speaking of the $229 version, Tiger never activated the system that played the advertisements, meaning that you could essentially save 170+ dollars for buying this version.