10 years ago, tech giant Panasonic almost got into the Nintendo 3DS
Update: And here is the machine in action!
Original story [Thu 11th Jun, 2020 12:00 BST]: Nintendo’s stranglehold on the handheld gaming arena has remained in place since the early 90s when it released the world-beating Game Boy console. Since then, the company has been at the forefront of the wearable market, but it hasn’t gone away. totally difficult at that time; while Sega, NEC, Bandai and SNK all tried to overthrow the Kyoto-based company in the 90s and 2000s, Sony would come closest to dethroning Nintendo with its insanely popular PSP – albeit even with sales of over 80 million units worldwide, it couldn’t catch up with the DS, which nearly doubled in sales with over 150 million consoles sold.
Nevertheless, the success of the PSP – and the arrival of the era of “smart devices” – encouraged tech giant Panasonic to throw its hat in the ring. In 2010, he announced the Jungle, a clamshell portable system that looked like a small laptop but was designed as a portable platform for MMO titles; In effect, Battlestar Galactica Online was one of the first games confirmed for the device (Stellar Dawn and Runescape are the only other known confirmed titles).
The company has even created a new US subsidiary, Panasonic Cloud Entertainment, to support the Jungle, which is said to cost $249.99 for the WiFi model and $349.99 for the 3G edition.
While solid technical details are hard to come by, the Linux-based Jungle offered a full gaming interface and QWERTY keyboard, along with a 720p display. It even had a secondary monochrome display that resembles that of Dreamcast VMU memory cards. Given the expected release window of 2011, it would have been up against the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PS Vita – but Panasonic dropped the console in March of this yearstating that it had “decided to put development on hold due to changes in the market and in our own strategic direction”.
Despite the console’s quick death, it became clear that development units were on the ground and Digital Eclipse and Other Ocean boss Mike Mika recently said he almost gate World of Warcraft At the phone :
Had it been released, the Jungle would have marked Panasonic’s second venture into the video game market, having been one of the key players in the development of the 3DO and its unreleased successor, the M2. The 3DO was a commercial bomb, and in all honesty, it’s hard to imagine the Jungle would have been any different. (We still want a Panasonic Q GameCube though, naturally.)
Nevertheless, interest in this obscure handheld resulted in development units and prototypes changing hands for thousands of dollars; an eBay listing from last year was up for $9,499.99although it does not appear that the asking price was met.
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