3DO

The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as 'the 3DO') was a line of video game consoles released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar. The consoles were manufactured according to specifications created by The 3DO Company, and were originally designed by Dave Needle and RJ Mical of New Technology Group. The system was conceived by entrepreneur and EA Games founder Trip Hawkins.

Despite a highly-promoted launch and a host of cutting-edge technologies, the system's high price ($699.95 USD at release) and an over-saturated console market brought 'the 3DO' to a speedy demise.

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The consoles had very advanced hardware features at the time: an ARM60 32-bit RISC CPU, two custom video co-processors, a custom 16-bit DSP and a custom math coprocessor. They also featured 2 megabytes of DRAM, 1 megabyte of VRAM, and a double speed CD-ROM drive for main storage, Up to 8 controllers could be daisy-chained on the system at once. In addition to special 3DO software, the system was able to play audio CDs (including support for CD+G), view Photo CDs, and Video CDs with an add-on MPEG video card (released in Japan only). However, few titles utilized the console's full potential.

A noteable feature of the console is that it is one of few CD-based consoles that feature neither regional lockout nor copy protection, scoring it points amongst import gamers and software pirates alike, though reports have suggested that the Goldstar model isn't particularly durable when used for either of those purposes.

It was often said that the 3DO software library exhibited many of the worst aspects of home video gaming at the time. This was the dawn of CD-ROM gaming, so cutscenes of pixelated video footage dominated many titles at the expense of good gameplay. The most well-recieved titles were commonly ports of games from other systems, such as Alone in the Dark, Myst, Out of This World, and Star Control II.

Other notable titles include Need for Speed, Jurassic Park Interactive, Crash N' Burn, Slayer, Killing Time, and the first console port of Super Street Fighter II Turbo, which exceeded the original with its CD-quality audio. Game series that started on 3DO by Electronic Arts, Studio 3DO and Crystal Dynamics established themselves on other 32-bit consoles.

In addition to the consoles, a 3DO Blaster ISA peripheral card for PCs which offered all the features of the home console was manufactured by Creative Technology.

The 3DO Company also designed a next-generation console called the M2, which was to use a PowerPC 602 processor, but the company abandoned the console business and sold the technology to Matsushita who never brought the system to the market.

By the early 1990s, the video game market had become overcrowded. Philips, Sega, Nintendo, Commodore, SNK, and Atari each had a video game system on the market. By 1995, most of these systems had fallen out of the loop and were discontinued. Nintendo's SNES and Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis were the most successful systems. Many consider the final blow to be the overwhelming popularity and affordability of the Sony PlayStation, which not only forced out other CD-based systems like the CD-i, but also laid Sega's Saturn to rest by the end of 1998.

Despite heavy promoting on the YTV variety show It's Alive, and the potential expandability behind the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, third-party support was lacking, and the 3DO system was discontinued in 1995. The 3DO Company then became a software publisher, producing such games as the Army Men franchise, until it filed for bankruptcy and liquidated its assets in 2003.

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Corpse Killer

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This is the Big Box Version
Box: 
yes
£26.00
Manual: 
yes
£26.00

You're stranded on an uncharted island of death. You're dying of voodoo poison, a mad genius is on your trail, hundreds of rotting dead are coming to chew your guts...and your buddies have been turned into vicious cannibal commandos. Things could be worse. It could be a cartoon.

CPU

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This is the Big Box Version
Box: 
yes
£20.00
Manual: 
yes
£20.00

Once in a while a product changes how we think about computers. Once in a lifetime a product changes how computers think about us. C.P.U. Bach - the latest composition of award-winning software designer Sid Meier is conscious software, a transcendant computer program that actually creates original classical music in the style of legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Concerti, fugues, minuets, chorales - original music of beauty, brilliance and inspiration - anytime. The innovation doesn't end there. C.P.U.

Deep Blue Fleet

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yes
£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

This is a Japanese 3DO import but it will run on any 3DO machine

Digital Dreamware

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This is the Big Box Version
Box: 
yes
£22.00
Manual: 
yes
£22.00

DIGITAL DREAMWARE is an interactive album of sounds and visions that lets you take control or go with the fluid flow. Six different brilliant and multidimensional kaleidoscopic blasts of pure sensation. A mesmerizing techno-trance soundtrack. You'll be transfixed, transported, transfigured.

Dino Park Tycoon

Box: 
yes
£25.00
Manual: 
yes
£25.00

Build a thriving dinosaur amusement park or face financial extinction. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - From a desk in the front office, your decisions make or break the business. When do you raise ticket prices? Where will you place your advertising? How many free tiki-torches can you get? What if you sell out? It's all up to you! Build your Park - You start off buying land. Then build fences, parking lots, food stands, even rest rooms. But watch your cash flow. And learn when to take chances.

Nobunaga no Yabou - Haouden

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Complete with Spine Card
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yes
£12.00
Manual: 
yes
Spine Card: 
yes
£12.00

This is a Japanese 3DO import but it will run on any 3DO machine

Perfect General

Notes: 
This is the Big Box Version
Box: 
yes
£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

The ultimate military strategy game! Can you become the Perfect General? Addictive Military strategy with a sense of humor. Campaign/story modes and tournament modes. Multiple scenarios to choose from - endless hours of gameplay. A killer weather chick, if you make it that far, and Generals that will tick you off.

3DO Flightstick Pro Boxed

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yes
£40.00
Manual: 
yes
£40.00

FLIGHTSTICK PRO for 3DO systems is an extended analog joystick that offers a full range of combat features and four-way viewing allowing total command of the player's vehicle. FLIGHTSTICK PRO features top gun precision, a realistic professional jet grip, responsive throttle control, durable components and a sturdy base.

Battle Chess

Notes: 
Complete with Spine Card
Box: 
yes
£15.00
Orientation: 
Manual: 
yes
Spine Card: 
yes
£15.00

This is a Japanese 3DO import but it will run on any 3DO machine

3DO Sanyo IMP 21J Japanese Console Boxed

Box: 
yes
£240.00
Manual: 
yes
£240.00

Rare Japanese Sanyo IMP 21J 3DO Console. The 3DO comes with great sound and more colours than any other console of its time. 32bit RISC CPU. Up to 16 million colours graphics power. 64 million pixel animation per second. Full screen, full colour digital video. CD stereo sound. Multi CD capacity. Double Speed CD-ROM. Two Expansion Slots. This console is boxed with manual, AV leads, controller & power supply. This is a NTSC console so please ensure it will work on your TV.

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