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The Most Shameless Video Game Console Knockoffs

Knockoffs, fake consoles, bootlegs and ripoffs are so common these days that it is hard to tell the real from the false sometimes -- especially at flea markets. You can't blame someone who gets a Sorny or Lois Vataughn. However there are just some knockoffs that are unforgivably bad and just downright shameless. Sure, some of these fake video game consoles may look like the product they are trying to copy if you squint your eyes or take a few mind altering drugs, but barring that there should be no way for you to confuse them with the real thing.

Mostly made in the great nation of China, these console knockoffs can be found anywhere, from your local Chinatown to the freeway offramp. You can even find them just by perusing your local Big Lots or CVS. Too lazy to go out and look for one? Console rip offs can be readily purchased from online retailers like eBay too.

This holiday season, if your loved one is wanting a Nintendo 3DS but you don't want to shell out the money, just try finding a Neo Double Games or POP Station at your local bodega. Believe me, they will never know the difference. At least not until they unwrap it.

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  1. The Compact G

    A blatant rip off of the Nintendo DS, the Compact G looks to be more like an old Tiger Electronics game than DS.

    See more at Kotaku.

  2. Neo Double Games


    As you can see from the review above, the Neo Double Games is a DS without any of the fun of, I don't know, graphics. Well. It has graphics but since it's on an LCD screen the resolution stands at about 1bit. Well worth the $2.

  3. WiWi


    It amazes me that one can take a silly name like the Wii and make it even more ridiculous just by adding a second Wi to it. The system says that it is like it's namesake, but the graphics are from the 8bit era.

  4. Super Polystation 2


    The Polystation is the Godfather of rip off brands. Having been around since the early 90's, Polystation has gone through many different phases. The first two generations plugged into the TV and had knockoff NES type games. (Even though they look like Sony Playstations). The latest generation is profiled later.

  5. POP Station


    Just like the Neo Double Games, and I do mean EXACTLY like it. The only real difference is that the POP Station is ripping off the PSP instead of the DS.

  6. Polystation 3


    This is the latest version of the "hit" knockoff brand. While looking like a PS3, only has a tiny screen that plays LCD games. Seems like the graphics are working their way down instead of up, like it was made on some sort of Bizarro Earth. (re: China)

  7. Super Megason IV

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    A Super NES knockoff. It offers nothing more than a great name and amazing box art. Oh, and an EXTRA CARTRIDGE!

  8. Treamcast


    This is probably the first, and only, knockoff listed that could be of any real use. The Treamcast is actually a portable clone machine of the Dreamcast, meaning that it can actually play Dreamcast games instead of making up it's own or replacing them completely with crappy LCD games.

    Too bad it is for a system that died a decade ago.

  9. Game Joy

    Imagine a kid's excitement on Christmas day when they open their present and it's a brand new Game Boy, er, Game Joy. I'm assuming this company is counting on parents that are either hard of hearing or dyslexic. (And unaware that it is not 1994)

  10. PX-3600


    The PX-3600 looks like a Frankenstein Monster version of the PS1, X-Box Classic and original NES. Mix that with a name that reminds me of the workout program I bought and never used and you have a winner!

  11. MiWi Extra


    As the video above shows, the graphics on this Wii knockoff aren't horrible, they just aren't anywhere near the quality of this current generation. It does come with 39 games attached, so I'd buy that for a dollar.

  12. eXtreme Box

    Coming with the same assortment of accessories as the Polystations, eXtreme Box looks like an Xbox and plays like an NES. My favorite is that the light gun looks like a real pistol. Great job.

  13. PCP Station


    Another version of the POP Station, only now it comes with the name of a hardcore drug.

  14. WLL


    The POP Station people strike again, only this time they decided to knockoff a controller instead of a full bulky system.

  15. LTPS Handy Game


    The knockoff PSP Go. I like that they fake a color screen by putting a color background on the LCD game.

  16. X-Changable LCD Game Pack


    Because X-Box Classic is still relevant. These ripoff artists really have their fingers on the pulse of the entertainment industry.

  17. Overlord Leaves His Wife

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    The next two aren't game console knockoffs really, but their craziness deserves mention. From what I understand, Overlord Leaves His Wife is a Street Fighter LCD clone, but with Engrish like that, who can tell.

  18. Super Wonderful Mario


    I love that every step your character makes in this game it changes to something new. One second you're Toad, the next you're Kirby then Peach then Daisy then Yoshi then Luigi. It's like who I think a schizophrenic must feel.

  19. Battman

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    The Battman looks like an Xbox, has PlayStation style controllers, a disturbingly realistic looking gun, and a Famicom cartridge... and it's named after a comic book character. Heck, to add insult to injury it actually has a movie posted from Batman & Robin photoshopped right on the box!

  20. Mega Drive Extreme

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    Extreme? Xbox? Get it? Regardless of how this console looked, it had absolutely nothing to do with Xbox games. Instead, it was just a crappy Sega Genesis rip-off with an Xbox coat of paint. It also had controllers that looked like PS1 controllers with a PS2 coat of paint and six buttons on the face.

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