Japan Parcel Unboxing: Rarities and HuCards

Unboxing from 20th of September 2018.  A couple more parcels from Japan, once again fairly heavy on the PC Engine games but also with a couple of rare machines.

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Obviously we do have some terms and conditions (as all our competitions do).  We will attempt to send the prize to the winner wherever they are, but in some circumstances (legal, financial) this may not be possible.

Employees of re-enthused or Roguegunners Productions are not permitted to take part, neither are their family, close friends or beloved pets.

The draw will be live if possible or recorded and will be made using the names that are available within 12 hours of the draw taking place.  The draw will be made using an online site dedicated to random selection and tested with number sequences.

  • There is no cash equivalent to the prize.
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Delivery from Buyee, Unboxing Japanese auction items

Japanese Delivery Unboxing

We buy a lot of stuff from japan using the middle-man service provided by Buyee.jp (other services do exist, this is just our favourite).

Remember, if you buy from a different country you *might* be subject to customs charges when it enters your home country.  If you’re unlucky you’ll get a pretty vindictive customs agent who checks prices on eBay to calculate costs rather than what you actually paid for the item – so be careful.

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Lets look at: Bandai Apple @Work Pippin: Apple’s gaming folly Part 2

Bandai Apple Pippin Part 2

Apple’s relationship with games has always been a little confused, but during the PowerMac era when they were trying to gain market share in any way possible gaming was seen as a possibility.

Enter the Apple Pippin architecture, a hardware reference based on the Quadra PowerMac line and featuring an entry level 603 processor.  Apple hoped to sell this to manufactures as a way of gaining access to the living room.

In the end only two manufacturers joined the program, Bandai who concentrated on Japan and North America and Katz Media who released the European version.

In the end the high cost and relative lack of performance to the rest of the Fifth Generation  consoles killed the project.  Japan and North America saw less than 100,000 sales combined and Europe only ever saw a very limited release before being cancelled.

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Lets look at: Bandai Apple @Work Pippin: Apple’s gaming folly

Bandai Apple Pippin

Apple’s relationship with games has always been a little confused, but during the PowerMac era when they were trying to gain market share in any way possible gaming was seen as a possibility.

Enter the Apple Pippin architecture, a hardware reference based on the Quadra PowerMac line and featuring an entry level 603 processor.  Apple hoped to sell this to manufactures as a way of gaining access to the living room.

In the end only two manufacturers joined the program, Bandai who concentrated on Japan and North America and Katz Media who released the European version.

In the end the high cost and relative lack of performance to the rest of the Fifth Generation  consoles killed the project.  Japan and North America saw less than 100,000 sales combined and Europe only ever saw a very limited release before being cancelled.

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Bandai Playdia

Bandai Playdia

5th Generation Competitors
3DO Jaguar Saturn Playstation Nintendo 64 FM Towns Marty PC-FX Pippin CD32 Loopy
Region Release Date Discontinued Lifetime Sales
Japan 23rd Sep 1994 1996
North America NA NA  NA
Europe NA NA  NA

The Playdia was Bandai’s attempt to enter the fifth generation of consoles in 1994.  It was primarily aimed at young children and, as such, it’s specs were woefully underpowered compared to the other entrants.

Unfortunately Bandai had miscalculated the popularity of the more powerful consoles with it’s target audience and the console didn’t sell well.

In the end Bandai were really the only developer to develop for the system (except for a couple of games developed by VAP), the other publishers concentrated on the more powerful and popular machines.

To suit the simplicity of the machine it came with a single infra-red controller.

 

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