Epoch Game Pocket Computer
|Type||Handheld game console|
|CPU||NEC D78C06 @ 6 MHz|
|Display||Monochrome, 75 × 64 pixels|
|Sound||1 sound channel|
|Controller input||8-way joypad|
|Power||4 AA batteries|
The Epoch Game Pocket Computer (Japanese: ゲームポケコン, Hepburn: Gēmupokekon) is a second-generation handheld game console released by Epoch Co. in Japan in 1984 for 12,000 Japanese yen. It is also known as Pokekon and was one of the very few truly[clarification needed] handheld systems to be released in the early 1980s, preceding the Game Boy by 5 years.
The system was a bust in Japan, and as a result, only 5 games were made for it. A puzzle game and a paint program were built into the system. It was powered by 4 AA batteries, and screen's contrast could be adjusted by the user. Input and output controls included four buttons, an 8-way joypad, a contrast dial, and a sound on-off switch.
The Game Pocket Computer failed in Japan, and was never released internationally. The device is extremely rare, and units on eBay can go for hundreds of US dollars.
- LC display: monochrome, 75 × 64 pixels
- Power supply: 4 AA batteries
- Battery life: Not clear; >70 hours or 60 hours
- CPU: NEC uPD78c06 clocked at 6 MHz
- RAM: 2 KB
- ROM (cartridges): 8 or 16 KB
- Sound: 1 sound channel
There were a total of 7 different games released for the system.
2 were built into the system. The Built-in Functions (本体内蔵機能, Hontai naizō kinō) cartridge included with the system only serves as instructions and to occupy the cartridge slot, containing no game data, as it doesn't need to be inserted into the system to play the games;
- Puzzle Game (パズルゲーム, Pazurugēmu), an 11 tile version of Fifteen puzzle.
- Graphics function (グラフィック機能, Gurafikku kinō), a Raster graphics editor paint program.
The other 5 were released separately;
- Astro Bomber (アストロボンバー, Asutorobombā)
- Block Maze (ブロックメイズ, Burokkumeizu)
- Pocket Computer Mahjong (ポケコンマージャン, Pokekonmājyan)
- Pocket Computer Reversi (ポケコンリバーシ, Pokekonribāsi)
- Sokoban (倉庫番, sōko-ban)
- Barcode Battler, another handheld game console released by Epoch Co.
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