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Came across this quote, regarding the hidden version of Tempest 2000 in Tempest X for the PlayStation 1: "I guess I feel safe sharing this 21 years after release: The hidden 2000 mode wasn't supposed to be there. Several of the higher ups involved mandated a lot of changes in the "X" mode that I didn't agree with. I didn't think they understood the beauty of Theurer's or Minter's versions of the game. I thought they were ruining it by putting their thumbprints on it with the bitmap monsters, Helvetica font, etc. I nearly lost my job over hiding the 2000 and Plus modes in there. Many key people didn't know about it until after the game had already hit the presses. But I'm glad I did. It's fun to see people still play the game. It was a lot of fun working with N on this. We also did Saturn and Mac Classic versions that were straight up Tempest 2000 ports. We also prototyped an M2 version just for fun. That never shipped."
I have a Panasonic M2 FZ-35S (VERY RARE) that was used as a kiosk at a local auto dealership. It is in Like New condition and everything is tested and working. It has the same underlying hardware as the 3DO M2 game systems that were never manufactured. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeLGfeDHIYohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivogNG9jazk There were two games uploaded years later (never officially released) and I have both burnt to disc. One is a racing game and the other is a shmup. In theory, the M2 arcade titles would work if the bios could be modified, bootloader, etc. I have one of the arcade games but it doesn’t work on the stock unit. The system includes the power cable and uses standard VGA, s-video, composite cables. There’s a switch on the back to select your preferred video mode. I do not have a controller, but a standard 3DO controller has been verified as working. I removed the expansion plate (upper right rear) to see what was behind it. It turns out there was nothing there. For some reason I didn’t put it back on!? But I know I have it somewhere and will either ship it with the unit or drop it in an envelope and mail it separate if I can find it. I know I wouldn’t have thrown it out, but I just can’t seem to find it at the moment. It totally bugs me too! I’ll probably kick myself later for parting with this, but I’m trying to build out my collection and looking for systems that have more games, as I also like to play games and not just collect them. PLEASE NOTE: This system only has a couple games and MAY NEVER have anymore. It’s more geared toward the hardcore collector who must have every system. I’m willing to trade for any two of the systems below. They must be in very good condition, completely working and come with all the necessary controllers, cables, etc. Atari Jaguar + CD Neo Geo CD TurboDuo Please feel free to contact me with any questions, thanks.
Well, here it is. Eleven years of collecting 3DO and 3DO-M2. These pictures represent about 97-98% of the collection. The only things I didn't include in the pictures are a couple of Konami M2 arcade units, a 3DO dev station and a handful of PAL titles. They are stuck in a storage locker and will have to be pulled out later. I collect for other systems, but 3DO and M2 are by far the systems that I am most passionate about. A lot of what is pictured below I found to be extremely difficult to locate. Some of the items took more than ten years of active searching. The pictures are more or less grouped together in categories to make searching a little easier. For larger images, just click on the respective smaller resolution picture. Anyway, I hope you can all enjoy the following trip back to the mid-1990's from the perspective of an often dismissed gaming system. Pictured below is a boxed Korean 3DO Goldstar Alive model 1: Pictured below are factory sealed / unopened systems: (Click on images) Pictured below are loose consoles without boxes: (Click on images) Pictured below are 3DO Robo's. There is also a link to a video of a Robo running: Pictured below is a complete in box 3DO Robo and a shot of the two different Robo's stacked together: (Click on images) Pictured below are 3DO Blaster's, one of which is running in an old 486 PC. There is also a link to a video of the running 3DO Blaster: Pictured below are shots of a 3DO Blaster running as well as shots of the hardware and interconnects: (Click on images) Pictured below is what a complete 3DO Blaster looks like followed by a collection of the required CD drives, 2 complete in box Japanese 3DO Blasters, and finally, a factory sealed 3DO Blaster: (Click on images) Pictured below are 3DO Testing Stations. These were used by developers to debug games and are therefore able to run unsigned code: (Click on images)