7 Obscure Japanese Gaming Consoles You've Probably Never Heard of (HD GALLERY)

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Fascinating!
Of particular interest here is the shear number of consoles that were available throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The following are Japanese offerings only, but combining these with set #2 (7 more here), along with the American and European efforts, amounts to a pretty diverse ecosystem.

Now, just like nearly all tech news sources are part of some hulking media corporation (NOT US, HA!), the gaming industry has consolidated itself into what...Nintendo, Microsoft (who saw that coming in 1995, right?), and Sony...? Aside from PC gaming, which isn't a console in the traditional sense, are there any other notables?

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Anyway, the idea that began in the mind of relatively unknown American Ralph Baer (whose invention changed the world just as much as any 20th century tech genius) and eventually became the Magnavox Odyssey, followed by Atari's Pong, and then on and on - well, eventually the Japanese got ahold of the notion, too, and they really, really ran with it.

7 Cases in point:
We present here an inline gallery of the obscure:


FM Towns Marty, by Fujitsu [1993]
 

 


Sega Nomad [1995]

 


Apple Bandai Atmark/Pippen [1996]

 


Bandai Playdia [1994]

 


CASIO Loopy [1995]

 


NEC PC-FX [1994]

 


Nintendo 64DD Peripheral Add-on [1999]

 

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