Apple Bandai Pippin
The Bandai Pippin (Atmark Player) and wireless controller
|Type||Multimedia player, home video game console|
|Generation||Fifth generation era|
|Operating system||Mac OS|
|CPU||PowerPC 603 RISC (66 MHz)|
|Memory||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, stylized "PiP P!N", 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 1996 and 1997.
The goal of the Bandai Pippin was to create an inexpensive computer system aimed mostly at playing CD-based multimedia software, especially games, but also functioning as a thin client. The operating system was a 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 4×-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.
Very little software was produced for the Japanese version on release in early 1996. While some promised software may not have been released, the number that was released is fewer than 80 games and applications.
When Bandai released the U.S. version, it had only 18 games and applications sold separately, and six CDs that 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).
|Anime Designer: Dragon Ball Z||Magic Mouse||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||June 18, 1996||Unreleased||Unreleased|
|CineNoir||DigiToy Entertainment||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia:@World Edition||Softkey Multimedia||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Better Homes and Gardens Cool Crafts||CD Vision||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Exotic Sushi||Electric Dreams||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Gadget: Invention, Travel, & Adventure||Synergy Interactive||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||1996||Unreleased||Unreleased|
|Gundam Tactics: Mobility Fleet 0079||DigiCube||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||March 1996||Unreleased||Unreleased|
|Gus Goes to Cyberopolis||Modern Media Ventures||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||December 1996|
|Gus Goes to the Kooky Carnival in search of Rant||Modern Media Ventures||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||December 1996|
|Histoires d'Urologie||MELOdY||Éditions Médicales Pierre Fabre||Unreleased||1999||Unreleased|
|Home Improvement 1-2-3||Multicom Publishing||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||December 1996|
|Katz Pippin Demo CD 2.0||?||?||Unreleased||1997||Unreleased|
|Movieoke||DigiToy Entertainment||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||Unknown|
|Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley||Duck Soup Productions and Turning Point Software||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||December 1996|
|The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime||Presto Studios||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||Unknown|
|Power Rangers Zeo Vs. The Machine Empire||CyberFlix||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||December 1996|
|Playskool Puzzles||ImageBuilder Software||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Play-Doh Creations||Hasbro Interactive||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||Unknown|
|Racing Days||Kitt Peak||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||March 1996||Unreleased||1996|
|Shock Wave: Invasion Earth: 2019||Electronic Arts||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Super Marathon||Bungie||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||1996|
|Terror T.R.A.X.: Track of the Vampire||Ground Zero Productions||Bandai Digital Entertainment Corporation||Unreleased||Unreleased||Unknown|
- 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.
- 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.
- "Pippin Debuts as Bandai's Power Player". Next Generation. Imagine Media (4): 30. April 1995.
- 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 February 13th, 2018.
- "About the Apple Pippin. Retrieved February 13th, 2018".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Apple Pippin.|
- Apple's original Pippin site
- Katz Media mission statement on the Pippin
- Bandai Pippin Museum & Archive, including PDF Technical Notes
- Pippin screenshots
- The Computer Chronicles' coverage of CES 1996, including Apple's demonstration of the Pippin
- Gil Amelio's gold-finish Pippin at the Computer History Museum
- Top 10 Apple products that flopped