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The LeapFrog Didj (marketed as the Didj Custom Gaming System) was 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 Flopped
- LeapFrog had marketed a rechargeable base for it, but it would make it 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?
- The game included on it, JetPack Heroes, is pretty generic and bland.
- However, there are worse games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog.
- The battery life is 1 to 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.
- It can tell you to reinsert the cartridge when nothing is wrong with it.
- 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.
- 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.
- It constantly forces you to update the system, similar to how Windows 10 keeps having updates nonstop.
- Customer service regarding the system was terrible, as they would be unable to fix mandatory problems with the system.
- You can no longer customize your Didji (an avatar) or spend Bitz, thus making them entirely pointless nowadays.
- It was overpriced, being marketed at $89.
- When connecting it to LeapFrog Connect, you can change how you want the games to educate you with a vast library of content.
- The advertisements were very cool, to say at the least.
- Not only could you customize the software, but you could also buy skins marketed by LeapFrog.
- The Didj has garnered the attention of hackers, given that it runs off Linux.