Top 10 product hits - and misses

The hype surrounding the iPhone is hardly unique. Splashy product launches are a time-honored tradition in the American marketplace -- and so are the stunning flops that sometimes follow. Here's a look at some of the more noteworthy hits and misses.

Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo had been a gaming giant, but fell on hard times when the N64 and GameCube systems missed the mark -- and sales expectations. It was a track record that didn't bode well for the Wii, especially considering that the console was being released head-to-head in late '06 with Sony's breathlessly anticipated PS3. But gamers, and perhaps even more impressively, non-gamers have gone wild for the Wii, demonstrating that Nintendo can still make a great system.

As for the battle with the PS3, it was a rout: It's been the Wii all the way.

Nintendo Wii

Tickle Me Elmo

MINI Cooper

iRobot Roomba

Ford Mustang

Apple Newton

Toyota Crown

New Coke


Microsoft Zune
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