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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Mad Dog 2

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yes
£22.00
Manual: 
yes
£22.00

A live-action adventure that challenges your shooting skills by confronting banditos, renegades, and Mad Dog's men. Select one of three different guides and experience a variety of trails in a quest to beat Mad Dog to the lost gold and return with it to the old mission where the longest interactive battle ever filmed awaits the more-skilled game player!

3DO Capcom FZ-JJ1XP Controller Loose

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£25.00
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£25.00

A uniquely-designed fighting game controller for the 3DO video game console, produced by Capcom primarily for their Super Street Fighter 2 video game on the system. This item is unboxed, tested and works fine.

Captain Quazar

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£24.00
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£24.00

Big Gun. Big Muscles. Big Trouble. He believes in truth, justice and that pro wrestling is never faked. Meet Captain Quazar - the best and the brightest (eh, well, let's just say he's the best) that the Intergalactic Police Squad has to offer. In the role of Captain Quazar, you'll brandish weapons the size of the national debt and blow away terrorists, drug dealers, kingpins of organized crime - anyone that stands in the path of what's right will be subjected to the wrath of the Captain.

Policenauts Pilot Disk

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yes
£25.00
Manual: 
yes
£25.00

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

Space Shuttle

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

An abundance of space debris orbiting Earth endangers the safety of future shuttle missions! In an exciting arcade-style game, you use the laser guns on your remote controlled satellite to seek and destroy this debris in fiery cinematic explosions!

Supermodels Go Wild

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£40.00
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£40.00

Come along with our five supermodels as they hike, bike and swim off the beautiful California coastline.

Supreme Warrior

Notes: 
This is the Big Box Version
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yes
£30.00
Manual: 
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£30.00

Imagine you are a Kung Fu street fighter in a world ruled by evil warlords and cultmasters - except this time... it's real! The savage warlord Fang Tu promises to put everyone's heart on a stake unless he gets the mask that you have secreted in your sack. Your old master Kai delivers this warrior's challenge: you must battle each of Fang Tu's warlords, gain their special powers and defeat Fang Tu in order to save the day. Along the way, the beautiful Yu Ching - another of Master Kai's students - will give you what help she can. It won't be easy... these are some of the baddest dudes in China!

Syndicate - Big Box

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

Mission Briefing: Sources indicate that a rival syndicate has developed a dangerous new computer program and our research boys want it. In the year 2096, the world is divided into regions controlled by a handful of massive corporations, struggling for dominance. Prepare yourself for the ultimate corporate takeover!

Waialae Country Club

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yes
£6.00
Manual: 
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£6.00

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

Dino Park Tycoon

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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.

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