Why Some Video Games Fail and Others Succeed

For every hugely successful PlayStation 2 there’s a tragic failure like the Dreamcast. Long running video games franchises like Zelda produce horrors like Link: Faces of Evil. Even Mario starred in the rightfully forgotten Hotel Mario. Some video games and systems are destined for failure while others are sure to rise. But why?

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7ajnz/why-some-video-games-fail-and-others-succeed