Apple Bandai Pippin
The Bandai Pippin (Atmark Player) and wireless controller
|Type||Multimedia player, video game console|
|Generation||Fifth generation era|
|CPU||PowerPC 603 RISC (66 MHz)|
|Storage capacity||6 MB combined system and video memory,128kb NVRAM|
|Graphics||"Taos"  (VGA/16-bit)|
|Controller input||"AppleJack": control pad with embedded trackball|
|Connectivity||14.4, 28.8, 33.6 kbit/s modems|
The Apple Bandai Pippin is a multimedia technology console, designed by Apple Computer. The console was based on the Apple Pippin platform - a derivative of the Apple Macintosh platform. Bandai produced the ATMARK and @WORLD consoles between 1995 and 1997.
The goal of the Bandai Pippin was to create an inexpensive computer aimed mostly at playing CD-based multimedia titles, especially games, but also functioning as a network computer. The operating system was basically a stripped version of System 7.5.2, and was based on a 66 MHz PowerPC 603 processor and a 14.4 kb/s modem. It featured a 4x-speed CD-ROM drive and a video output that could connect to a standard television display.
In Japan, Bandai produced Pippin-based systems called the Pippin Atmark (ピピンアットマーク Pipin Attomāku ). Most of the Atmark systems used the same platinum color used on many of the Apple Macintosh models at the time.
In the United States and most parts of Europe, Bandai named the system the Bandai Pippin @WORLD (pronounced "at-world"). The @WORLD had the same specifications as the Pippin Atmark, but ran an English version of Mac OS. Most of the western systems used a black color.
Bandai manufactured fewer than 100,000 Pippins, but reportedly sold 42,000 systems before discontinuing the line. Production of the system was so limited, there were more keyboard and modem accessories produced than actual systems.
Software titles: Japan
Very few titles were produced for the Japanese version on release in early 1995. While some promised titles may not have been released, the number that was released is less than 80 titles.
Software titles: USA
When Bandai released the U.S. version, it had only 18 titles sold separately, and six CDs came with the Pippin itself. Upgrades to the Pippin Browser were released as a new CD over time, and so was an update to TV Works (a text and drawing program).
- Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia
- Cool Crafts
- Exotic Sushi
- Gus Goes to Cyberopolis
- Gus Goes to the Kooky Carnival in search of Rant
- Home Improvement 1-2-3
- Katz Pippin Demo CD 2.0
- Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley
- Pegasus Prime
- Power Rangers Zeo Vs. The Machine Empire
- Playskool Puzzles
- Play-Doh Creations
- Racing Days
- Super Marathon
- Terror T.R.A.X.
- TV Works
- AppleJack controller
- AppleJack Wireless (IR) controller
- Pippin keyboard with drawing tablet
- Pippin Modems (14.4, 28.8, 33.6 kbit/s)
- Pippin memory (2, 4, 8, 16 MB)
- Pippin Floppy Dock
- Pippin MO 256 MB optical disk
- Pippin ADB adapter (for connecting Macintosh devices to Pippin)
- Pippin to Macintosh (ADB) adapter (for connecting Pippin devices to Macintosh)
Pippin can use the Apple Color StyleWriter 2400 and 2500 series through its serial port.
- Apple Pippin - the hardware/software platform used to create the Bandai and Katz Media consoles.
- Snow, Blake (May 4, 2007). "The 10 Worst-Selling Consoles of All Time". GamePro.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2007. Retrieved November 25, 2007.
- "Hacking the Pippin". Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- Assembler (via Archive.org). Apple Bandai Pippin. Retrieved March 21, 2008.
- The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time: 22. Apple Pippin @World (1996) (Dan Tynan, PCWorld, May 26, 2006)
- The most accurate list of Pippin titles. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
- "About the Apple Pippin". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
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