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 software, especially games, but also functioning as a thin client. The operating system was basically a stripped version of System 7.5.2, and was based on a 66 MHzPowerPC 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.
In May 2006, the Pippin placed 22nd in PC World's list of the "25 Worst Tech Products of All Time."
Very little software was produced for the Japanese version on release in early 1995. While some promised software may not have been released, the number that was released is less than 80 games and applications.
When Bandai released the U.S. version, it had only 18 games and applications 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).