The Nuon is a "game console" released in 2000 but announced in 1997 as the Project X. The Nuon isn't actually a game console, but a chip added to several DVD players to enhance the features and play video games. It was developed by VM Labs before they went bankrupt in 2001.
Why it Flopped
- It was manufactured by Toshiba, Motorola, and Samsung, giving it little brand recognition.
- Its price was $400.
- Only 8 games were released for Nuon. Many more were planned but the Nuon was canceled before they could be released.
- Due to different manufacturers, two of the games could only be played on different players: Ballistic could only be played on Samsung players and The Next Tetris was only available on Toshiba players.
- Because it was released in 2000, it went up against the PlayStation 2, which was only $299 and could already play DVDs. In addition, the PlayStation 2 already had 29 launch titles, effectively ending the Nuon.
- Along with the controller bundled with the Nuon, the Nuon had different 4 controllers with different button sets and layouts. Since some of the games required the thumb-stick and extra buttons on some of the other controllers (all of which the controller bundled with the Nuon did not have) meaning that in order to play all the games multiple controllers were needed.
- Only four DVDs were released with Nuon functionality, all of which were horrible.
- It has a updated version of Tempest 2000 called Tempest 3000 that is exclusive to this console.