- this list does not contain standalone TV gaming devices of the first generation, i.e., from the 70s, nor do I have any intention of adding them.
- this list only includes devices fitting the traditional video game control schemes, i.e., joysticks, gamepads, wheels, and light guns. Dance pads, EyeToy-like devices, and games utilizing XaviX (or XaviX-like) technology are intentionally not included, mostly for manageability's sake. Thus, most of Radica's Play TV line is excluded.
- bootlegs are not included.
How to read the list:
- lines beginning with a dash mark company names, and the nonempty lines beneath them are products by those companies.
- the first (or only) column in an entry is the name of the plug-and-play product; if it exists, the second column is the name of the developer for that game. In most cases, I don't know this, but in the case of Jakks Pacific, the developer is listed on the box, so it's easy to add to the list.
- lines beginning with a single asterisk mark products which are supposedly available at retail (e.g., I may have found a website offering them for sale), but for which I have no actual proof that it is available. "Proof" can be either I myself seeing it for sale somewhere or someone online posting a picture of one or text describing ownership of one.
- lines beginning with two asterisks are announced acquired licenses (in the case of Jakks Pacific) or announced products which are not available anywhere yet, to my knowledge (in the case of all other companies). "Announced" can be as simple as a listing on the manufacturer's website.
- the long line of dashes in the middle of the list divides the "branded" games (above the line) from the "generic" games (below the line).
- w/l = wireless, and no non-wireless version exists; (w/l) = wireless, as opposed to the non-wireless version.
- gk = GameKey; (gk) = GameKey-compatible; (gk inc.) = package with controller and a GameKey.
I'm attempting to attach the file to this post. I've never done this before, so if it doesn't work, then I can offer a full refund.
Incidentally, to correct an earlier posting I made, the GameKey package (just the key, with no controller) I saw at Target for $10 had only one GameKey inside, not two.
I hope this list is of some use.
01/05/2007 Update: I have changed the file format somewhat. Everything above still applies (with the sole exception being that there are now two long lines of dashes, separating the "branded" games, the Japanese-market games, and the "generic" games; this is not new to this update, though), but there are some new columns on recently added entries. All new entries now have a column marking the date the entry was last modified. Some entries, if they have had a status change, may have more than one date; the date with no asterisks is the entry's most-recently-modified date, while a one-asterisk date is a date when an entry became a one-asterisk entry, and similarly a two-asterisk date for an entry's two-asterisk status change date. So, an entry may potentially have three dates in it. All dates are in MM/DD/YYYY format.
01/20/2007 Update: pnpgames.txt is no longer attached. I removed it because it seems there were people who thought that the filename with no embedded timestamp was the newest one, when in reality, it was the oldest. I have reattached the file with the name "pnpgames.old.txt" to make its obsolescence more apparent. If I actually knew the date of that version of the file, I would have given it a timestamp in its name instead of "old," but all I know is that it was from sometime between 12/2005 and 05/2006. I'm keeping the various old versions here for historical purposes, basically a set of snapshots from different times. At any rate, to find the most recent version of the file, please see the one with the newest timestamp in its name.
10/14/2009 Update: I should note that the area in the file between the two long lines of dashes is for non-American market games, not strictly Japanese-market games. Also, as discussed in my 09/13/2009 post in this thread, here is the Packaging Evolution timeline in this initial thread post, so that I can edit it in the future for packaging changes yet to come:
- packaging evolution: jakks pacific tv games 2001 - (toymax activision) cardboard box, standard rectangular parallelepiped 2002-2004 - (atari joystick, namco 1, spongebob 1) cardboard box with L-shaped side cross section: tray with hard back and shaped clear plastic window 2004 - (jakks activision) transitional: shaped clear plastic window on thin cardboard backing; this model also appeared with next major packaging form 2004 - (portable namco 1) special packaging for this model only: blister pack 2004 - (gamekey-bundled holiday models) blister pack 2004-2006 - truncated (shorter tray) L-shaped cardboard box, with protruding shaped clear plastic window; summer 2004 (first 2004 models) to summer 2006 (namco 3 packaging took both this and next forms) 2006-2009 - blister pack, with exposed joystick; summer 2006 to summer 2009 2008 - (g2 and ultimotion models) cardboard box, standard rectangular parallelepiped 2009-2011 - plastic box with trapezoidal side cross section; several older models revived with this packaging; summer 2009 to late 2011 2009- - (gun/microphone/motion controller models) cardboard box with trapezoidal side cross section; summer 2009 to present 2010 - (triple header sports, toy story mania) cardboard box, standard rectangular parallelepiped 2011 - (golden tee golf, cars 2) cardboard box, standard rectangular parallelepiped, no plastic handle, open window 2012 - (tv games touch models) blister pack *atari joystick tv games has appeared with all 4 major packaging forms - packaging evolution: radica arcade/play tv legends 2004-2005 - (taito, tetris, first few sega genesis) cardboard box with lopsided pentagon as top-down cross section 2005-2006 - cardboard box, standard rectangular parallelepipedAlso, here is a line to help deal with the fact that the newest edition of the file doesn't seem to automatically sort to the bottom of the list anymore:
[This line has been moved to the bottom of the post for clarity.]
07/08/2010 Update: Here is my (irregularly updated) collected data detailing what processor models have been used in what plug-n-play game systems:
- product processor information source # jakks pacific namco ms. pac-man Sunplus SPG220 or SPG240 ;;04 atari paddle Winbond W55x-family (likely one of W55V91-W55V94) ;;04 classic arcade pinball Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 blue's clues Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 super silly makeover Sunplus SPG110 ;;01 spongebob dilly dabbler Sunplus SPG110 ;;01 tele-doodle Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 disney Sunplus SPG110; PAC300 for GameKey-capable conversion? ;;04 world poker tour Sunplus SPG110 ;;01 spider-man Sunplus SPG110, then PAC300 ;;04 ea sports Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 [the] batman Sunplus SPG220 or SPG240 ;;04 midway mortal kombat Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 star wars iii Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 nicktoons Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 fantastic four Sunplus SPG240 ;;02 fantastic four Sunplus SPG220 ;;08 disney princess Sunplus SPG110 (most likely) ;;04 dragonball z Sunplus SPG200 ;;04 dora the explorer Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 care bears Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 disney friends Sunplus SPG240 (cited as both Sunplus SPG200 + PAC300) ;;04 dora's nursery rhyme adv Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 winnie the pooh Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 power rangers Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 superman Sunplus SPG240 (cited as both Sunplus SPG200 + PAC300) ;;04 shrek Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 x-men Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 avatar Sunplus SPG240 (cited as both Sunplus SPG200 + PAC300) ;;04 thomas the tank engine Sunplus SPG110 ;;04 disney princess magical adv's Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 disney/pixar classics Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 nicktoons summer camp Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 marvel heroes Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 star wars original trilogy Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 spider-man 3 movie Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 spongebob jellyfish dodge Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 pirates of the caribbean Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;09 cheetah girls Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 dora smart cookie Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 spider-man in villain round-up Sunplus SPG240 (cited as both Sunplus SPG200 + PAC300) ;;04 disney princess sleeping beauty Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;09 dora's world adventure Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 high school musical Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 smarter than a 5th grader Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 wheel of fortune 2 Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;04 wall-e Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;09 g2 hannah montana guitar Generalplus GPL162xx ;;11 ultimotion swing zone sports Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;04 ultimotion disney fairies/sleeping beauty Generalplus GPAC800 (Generalplus GPL16250)/acceleromtr ;;04 ultimotion playhouse disney Generalplus GPAC800 (Generalplus GPL16250)/acceleromtr ;;04 g2 hannah montana deluxe Generalplus GPAC800 ;;09 g2 high school musical deluxe Generalplus GPAC800 ;;09 namco pac-man retro arcade Sunplus SPG240 (Sunplus PAC300) ;;07 power rangers to the rescue Generalplus GPAC500 ;;03 disney princess cinderella Sunplus SPG240 ;;04 spider-man and masked menace Generalplus GPAC500 ;;02 big buck hunter pro Sunplus SPG293/IR+lightgun ;;04 spongebob bikini bottom 500 Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;04 star wars the clone wars republic squadron Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;04 power rangers force in time Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;02 sing scene pop Generalplus GPAC800 ;;09 sing scene country Generalplus GPAC800 ;;09 ultimotion fitness Generalplus GPAC800 (Generalplus GPL16250)/acceleromtr ;;04 disney tinker bell and the lost treasure Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;02 phineas and ferb best game ever Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;09 toy story toys on the move Generalplus GPAC800/accelerometer ;;04 toy story mania Generalplus GPAC800/IR+lightgun ;;04 golden tee golf Generalplus GPAC800 ;;04 cars 2 Generalplus GPAC800 ;;04 big buck safari Sunplus SPG293/IR+lightgun ;;04 taito space invaders Generalplus GPAC800 ;;04 walking dead zombie hunter Generalplus GPAC800/IR+lightgun ;;04 duck commander Generalplus GPAC800/IR+lightgun ;;04 star wars clone trooper Generalplus GPAC800/IR+lightgun ;;04 # hasbro mission paintball Sunplus SPG200 ;;04 dream life Sunplus SPG240 ;;05 dream life superstar Sunplus SPG240 ;;05 star wars clone trooper blaster Sunplus SPG243/lightgun ;;02 # atari atari flashback Novatek NT6578 ;;04 atari flashback 2 Michele ;;04 atari flashback 2+ Michele ;;04 # tech2go tmnt: battle for the city Sunplus SPG240 or SPG220 ;;04 tmnt: mutant & monster mayhem Sunplus SPG240 or SPG220 ;;04 tmnt: the way of the warrior Sunplus SPG220 ;;12 knd: operation PLUGGUHS Sunplus SPG2xx (likely SPG240) ;;04 # mga bratzlife Sunplus SPG291 ;;04 bratz math in the mall Sunplus SPG288 ;;06 # tommo neogeo x Ingenic JZ4770 ;;13 # atgames [sms/gg systems] Noza ;;14 [genesis/mega drive systems (since 2008?)] RedKid/RedKid 2 ;;14 atari flashback 3 Titan ;;04 atari flashback 4 Titan ;;04 atari flashback 64 Titan ;;04 - source legend ;;01 = http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-mace/1/317/b68 ;;02 = http://benobell.com/resume.html ;;03 = http://www.odesk.com/users/Mobile-Application-Developer_~~28784d455b9bb55a?sid=12001# ;;04 = personally conducted developer interview ;;05 = http://www.erikhove.com/erik/projects.php ;;06 = http://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisshrigley ;;07 = system's debug mode display ;;08 = http://benobell.com/softography ;;09 = http://www.krop.com/clockworkdream/resume/ ;;10 = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cmFlpDKA6I ;;11 = http://pics.kelley.ca/keyword/hannah%20montana/1/468427588_GsAgp ;;12 = http://www.northpalace.com/resume.html ;;13 = text printed on system's processor ;;14 = second-hand developer interview08/31/2010 Update: I will be attaching a second type of file to this post from now on: in addition to the pnpgames.*.txt files which have been part of this post since 2005, there will now also be pnpgames_supplement.*.txt files. These files cover game systems that fall outside the restrictions placed on systems that are included in the normal pnpgames.*.txt files (e.g., systems that use accelerometer or infrared reflectivity inputs). Coverage for these systems is far from complete and is never expected to remotely approach completeness, due to the large number of such systems released in the past. What is presented here is primarily for illustration of the plug-n-play industry's shift toward this type of system since ~2008. As with the pnpgames.*.txt files, each successive listing contains all the information from earlier versions; the earlier versions are presented merely for historical interest.
10/19/2011 Update: The pnpgames.*.txt (and later also the pnpgames_supplement.*.txt) files will now be using additional abbreviations to be able to convey more information. Here is a reference guide for the new shorthand (note that the parenthesized abbreviations may not always appear by themselves within their parentheses):
- gen = Genesis; md = Mega Drive; sms = Sega Master System; gg = Game Gear.
- (hh) = handheld; (js) = joystick; (sd) = includes SD card slot.
- (na) = of retro collections, runs original game binaries natively; (em) = of retro collections, runs original game binaries in an emulation engine.
01/19/2014 Update: New abbreviation in use with the pnpgames.*.txt files: (jp) = joypad.
The most recent file attachments are: pnpgames.20140421.txt and pnpgames_supplement.20140421.txt
Edited by onmode-ky, Sun Jun 8, 2014 12:11 PM.