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 China, these console knockoffs can be found anywhere, from your local Chinatown to the freeway off-ramp. 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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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 one bit. Well worth the $2.
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 its namesake, but the graphics are from the 8-bit era.
The PolyStation is the godfather of rip-off brands. Having been around since the early '90s, 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.