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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3DO Mouse Boxed

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The Official Panasonic Mouse. This is an official Panasonic mouse for use with any 3DO console. Very hard item to find, especially boxed and we have very limited numbers. This item is boxed with instructions and in good working order.

3DO Goldstar Controller Loose

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The Official Goldstar Controller. This is an official replacement for the controller that comes packaged with the Goldstar 3DO console. This item is loose and in good working order.

3DO Game Guru Boxed

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Ultra rare 3DO Game Guru. features 3DO Video Game Enhancer - Exposes Hidden Game Features, 3DO Storage Memory Utility - Compresses save game storage space and 3DO Built in Decoder - find Cheat Codes. Works with all 3DO games.

3DO Panasonic FZ1 Console Boxed

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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 comes boxed with controller, AV leads & power supply.

Samurai Showdown

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We've kept all the carnage intensive graphics of the original Ssamurai Showdown, including the freakin blood.All the brutal game-play. All the weapons. All the fun. Hack away.

Real Pinball

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Video game conversion of five different tables, the main goal being to gain as many points as possible by using the game controller to control the flippers of the machine. The game features realistic graphics made to resemble an actual machine.

Zhadnost - The Peoples Party

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Now is time to play new television game show. This is best show on Bizzarnian State run television. The humour is good. Peep into secret lives of contestants. Help them fulfil their secret desires.

World Cup Golf

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World cup golf is an amazingly accurate simulation specifically designed for CD formats. Utilizing full motion video images rendered on Silicon Graphics machines, it plays as well as it looks. World Cup Golf faithfully re-creates the format of the actual event but offers many other options besides.

Wolfenstein 3D

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You're deep in the heart of Castle Wolfenstein, the feared Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. It's packed with heavily-armed soldiers. And you've heard rumours of twisted biological experiments used as guards. At least nobody is shooting at you., yet. All you've got is a knife, a pistol, and your wits to get you through all ninety levels of Wolfenstein 3D.

Wing Commander 3

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Join an all-star cast that includes Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell and immerse yourself in a futuristic adventure that combines Hollywoods movie making expertise with the adrenaline pumping gameplay of a space combat simulation. Where your actions will determine the eventual outcome in the final decisive showdown between the Terran and Kilrathi forces.

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