Epoch Game Pocket Computer

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Epoch Game Pocket Computer
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Game Pocket Computer
DeveloperEpoch
ManufacturerEpoch
Typehandheld game console
GenerationSecond generation
Release date1984; 35 years ago (1984)
Introductory price¥12,000
CPUNEC D78C06
Memory2 KB
Display75 × 64 pixels
Controller input8-way joypad
Power4 AA batteries

The Epoch Game Pocket Computer (Japanese: ゲームポケコン, Hepburn: Gēmupokekon) is a handheld game console released by Epoch in Japan in 1984. It was one of the very few truly handheld systems to be released in the early 1980s, preceding the Game Boy by 5 years.

The Game Pocket Computer used an LCD screen with a 75 × 64 resolution,[1][2]. The system was a bust in Japan[citation needed], 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.

Possibly due to its failure in Japan, the Game Pocket Computer was never released internationally. The device is extremely rare, and units on eBay can go for hundreds of US dollars, when and if they turn up. Except for their moderately successful Cassette Vision, Super Cassette Vision And TV Tennis Electrotennis, Epoch had no other released systems. It had 4 buttons, an 8-way joypad, a contrast dial, and a sound on-off switch.[2]

Games[edit]

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, Asutorobonbā)[2].
  • Block Maze (ブロックメイズ, Burokkumeizu)[1].
  • Pocket Computer Mahjong (ポケコンマージャン, Pokekonmājan)[2].
  • Pocket Computer Reversi (ポケコンリバーシ, Pokekonribāshi)[1].
  • Sokoban (倉庫番, sōko-ban)[1].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Epoch Game Pocket Computer". www.handheldmuseum.com.
  2. ^ a b c d "1984 Game Pocket Computer and Cartridges". www.miniarcade.com.

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