In certain areas of the gaming world, consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One aren’t readily available. Naturally, cheap knockoffs have been crafted to tap into the high demand. We’ve seen some crazy and often hilarious gaming console knockoffs over the years that go so far as to use familiar designs and naming. Take a look below for 10 of the best Chinese rip off gaming consoles.
JungleTac’s Sport Vii is a Shanzhai video game console similar in aspect to Nintendo’s Wii. It was originally released in China in 2007. The Vii was not intended to be a seventh-generation console like the Wii, and was instead part of the dedicated console genre of inexpensive consoles with built-in games.
The Vii’s Puppy Rod controller is similar in size and design to the Wii Remote. It features motion detection but not the pointing capability of the Wii Remote. The Vii Power Rods also come in “Arctic White”, “Hot Pink” and “Mint Blue”.
A redesign of the console, colloquially called the Vii 2 by bloggers, features remodeled controllers and a console design reminiscent of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the PlayStation 3, as well as support for both NTSC and PAL televisions.
In 2008, the Vii was released in Japan under the name V Sports (Sport Vii).
PolyStation is the name given to many Nintendo Entertainment System hardware clones that closely resembles a Sony PlayStation, particularly the PSone variant. The cartridge slot of these systems is located under the lid which, on an original PlayStation, covers the disc drive.
The PolyStation consoles are sold under many different names, including PS-Kid, Game Player, PSMan and Play and Power; there are also a number of variations on the PolyStation name, such as PolyStation II, PolyStation III and Super PolyStation. Some of these consoles resemble the original PlayStation, others the PSone redesign, and others the PlayStation 2. Recent variations of the PolyStation resemble the PlayStation 3, some of which sold under the name FunStation 3. Some variations include built-in unlicensed games, and in many cases these games are hacked; for example, in one version of Super Mario Bros., Mario is replaced by Pikachu.
Other versions of the console include the PolyStation 2 and 3, which are small versions of the PlayStation 2 and 3 which come with an attachable controller: they have a small LCD screen, and are playable handheld games.
Although there are several versions, the Treamcast is an unauthorized third-party developed Dreamcast clone from China (though technically a mod rather than a clone, as it was essentially an original Sega Dreamcast in a custom shell) that gained notability for its portability. This small system with its fold-down display resembled the revised PlayStation. The Treamcast can read CD-Rs and play MP3s and Video CDs with special software. Sega accused the company of copyright violations and was able to halt sale through various websites.
Because of its pirated firmware, the Treamcast can play all international games. Also, despite its origins in Hong Kong, the Treamcast houses an American power supply. It will also take original Dreamcast controllers, 3rd party controllers, and the unique controllers which come with it (which resemble six button Sega genesis controllers).
The screen is a modified PlayStation screen manufactured onto a miniaturized Dreamcast body. It could originally be found on the streets of Hong Kong, eBay auctions, or specialist import websites.
4. Super PolyStation 2
The Super PolyStation 2 is a Famiclone designed to resemble the PlayStation 2. Likewise, its predecessor, the original PolyStation, resembles the original PlayStation.
The Super PolyStation 2 has a built-in 99999999-in-1 multicart; most of the included games are repeated on the selection menu. The Super PolyStation 2 has a supposed ‘disc drive’ which is actually a Famicom cartridge slot.
5. Super Megason IV
Though the Super Megason IV looks like the original PlayStation, but the circular disc cover flips up to reveal a cartridge slot rather than an optical disc tray. Because a vertical cart slots into the unit, the disc cover doesn’t actually close all the way. The SMIV comes with two controllers, one cartridge, and a gun controller. The cartridge holds a bunch of little games rather than just one, including blatant ripoffs, such as Jewel Tetris 504 and Hurdls 202.
The controller featured on the box actually isn’t the one that comes with the unit — it’s actually more reminiscent of a Sega Genesis controller with a six-button layout. Amusingly, the length of the gun controller’s cord is too short, forcing the player to sit right up in front of the screen, essentially defeating the purpose.
The console was found for the low price of $6.63, but you’ll have to head to a market in Bahrain if you’re that serious about getting one.
6. PopStation Portable
The POP Station is a Chinese electronic handheld game, designed to resemble the PlayStation Portable. The technology is similar to Nintendo’s Game & Watch Super Color series, where the LCD panel is covered by strips of colored plastic, but with illumination added. Because of the often poor animations (even by the standard of handheld LCD games) and the overall bad design, it is difficult to understand what is happening in several games.
The original POP Station models (referred to as the POP Station Value Pack on the box) feature one built-in game, chosen out of a selection of four. A set of earphones and a wrist-strap are also included. Later models of the machine, possibly by a different manufacturer, feature a generic 9999-in-1 Brick Game instead. This version is still produced to this day in various formats, including a very small version reminiscent of the NES/SNES Classic Editions.
7. Neo Double Games
The Neo Double Games is a cheap ripoff of Nintendo DS. Possibly made around 2004, the Neo Double Games features two card slots, with the top one actually playing the game, with the bottom one being a placeholder, and the games are all 8-bit because of its simplicity.
One difference between the NDG and the DS is that NDG has a larger slot for a cart, with the screens having a black border. The black border on the bottom, has a game name, and DS doesn’t use cheaply made LCD carts.
The games on the system are Soccer, Street Fighter, Submarine Invasion, and Fortress Guardian.
8. Pokemon Mini
The Pokémon Mini is a handheld game console that was designed and manufactured by Nintendo and themed around the Pokémon media franchise. It is the smallest game system with interchangeable cartridges ever produced by Nintendo, weighing just under two and a half ounces. It was first released in North America on November 16, 2001, then in Japan on December 14, 2001, and in Europe on March 15, 2002. The systems were released in three colors: Wooper Blue, Chikorita Green and Smoochum Purple.
Features of the Pokémon mini include an internal real-time clock, an infrared port used to facilitate multiplayer gaming, a reed switch for detecting shakes, and a motor used to implement force feedback. The Nintendo GameCube game Pokémon Channel features playable demo versions of several Pokémon mini games via console emulation. Also included in the game is Snorlax’s Lunch Time, a Pokémon Channel exclusive. Some games were only released in Japan, such as Togepi’s Adventure.
Various hackers have reverse engineered the Pokémon mini (with the aid of the aforementioned emulator in Pokémon Channel) in order to enable the creation of homebrew games, and to allow official games to be played on other platforms (such as a PC, Dreamcast and various others).
9. Game Child
The Game Child is an LCD handheld game, released sometime in the 1990s by an unknown company. It is designed to resemble Nintendo’s Game Boy. The Game Child was followed up with a sequel system titled the Game Child MK II (also known as the Card Game MK II and Game Kid MK II).
The original Game Child is almost identical in appearance to the original Game Boy, although with some differences. There is only one button, the d-pad is red instead of black, the start and select button placement is different, and there is an on-and-off button instead of a switch. Humorously, the back of the console even has a fake battery door where the Game Boy’s is located, despite batteries going in the top of the unit instead.
The Game Child MK II features a more original appearance. It has no d-pad at all, only two buttons. The MK II had interchangeable “screen cartridges” with different games (similar to the Neo Double Games), but it doesn’t seem other cartridges were ever actually sold separately.
10. X Game 360
The X-Game 360 is a famiclone believed to be Manufactured by AV&T. The appearance of the X-Game 360 is the same with the PX-3600, a long looking console that looks like the PlayStation and X-Box Combined.
It has two buttons at the front and one at the top along with a fake disk drive with the words X-Game 360 which Inside is a cartridge slot that only works for Famicom cartridges. The controller used is similar to the PX-3600 but not identical, since its thicker, uses circular buttons instead of the original more triangular ones, and is obviously a different color to match the console.