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LeapFrog Didj
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"Today we're going to learn how NOT to make a console!"
Developer: LeapFrog
Release Date: August 22, 2008
Predecessor: Leapster
Successor: Leapster2


The LeapFrog Didj (marketed as the Didj Custom Gaming System) is a handheld education gaming console made by LeapFrog to build on the success of their previous Leapster console. It was released on August 22, 2008 and discontinued in 2010.

Why It Will Burn the Town Down

  1. LeapFrog sold a rechargeable base for it, but it could get extremely hot which would literally melt the system if placed upside down! This could become a potential fire hazard and could even burn down your house! There was even a recall for the charging base and batteries alone. Did LeapFrog learn from the Amstrad GX4000 at all?
  2. Only 16 games were produced for it, around the same amount as the Virtual Boy.
  3. The game included on it, JetPack Heroes, is pretty generic and bland.
    • However, there are worse games, such as Sonic Didj.
  4. The battery life is painfully short, only lasting for 1-2 hours.
    • Speaking of the batteries, the Didj can go to the point where it is unable to recognize its own batteries AND rechargeable batteries!
  5. It can tell you to reinsert the cartridge when nothing is wrong with it.
  6. Even though there are options for 6th-8th grade, the highest grade ever made for a Didj game (in this case, High School Musical) was 5th grade.
  7. If it tells you it needs a tune-up, it can essentially lead to LeapFrog Connect being unable to recognize the system when trying to reset it.
    • Speaking of LeapFrog Connect, there are many problems with it, such as it being unable to eject from the USB, not transferring Bitz (currency gained by playing games), etc.
  8. It constantly forces you to update the system, similar to how Windows 10 keeps having updates nonstop.
  9. Customer service regarding the system was terrible, as they would be unable to fix mandatory problems with the system.
  10. You can no longer customize your Didji (an avatar) or spend Bitz, thus making them entirely pointless nowadays.
  11. It was overpriced, being sold for an outrageous $89.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. When connecting it to LeapFrog Connect, you can change how you want the games to educate you with a vast library of content.
  2. The advertisements were very cool, to say at the least.
  3. Not only could you customize the software, but you could also buy skins marketed by LeapFrog.
  4. Believe it or not, the Leapster Explorer, a later console made by LeapFrog, is backwards-compatible with Didj games thanks to using the same processor and cartridge size as the Didj.[1]
    • It is worth mentioning, however, that Didj games will NOT work on the similarly named LeapsterGS Explorer, due to having a different processor.

Trivia

  • The Didj has garnered the attention of hackers, given that it runs off Linux.