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Win Terror TRAX TOTV

Terror T.R.A.X. was announced for Pippin on Bandai's website in 1997, but was only released for Windows.[1]

Many Pippin titles were not released, despite having been announced or developed for the Pippin Atmark in Japan, or the Pippin @WORLD in the United States. Bandai CEO Makoto Yamashina (山科誠) had originally expected to launch about 200 CD-ROM titles for Pippin consoles, with an emphasis on teaching and learning.[2]

Bandai withdrew the Pippin platform from the market on March 1, 1998, less than two years after its debut. Some finished titles were released on other platforms such as Macintosh, while others were cancelled outright for various reasons. A few difficult to track projects were left with uncertain fates.[3][4]

Cancelled titlesEdit

@Card (unreleased for Pippin)

@Card (unreleased for Pippin)

Sample video from Bandai's website in 1996.[5]

The following titles had been promoted on Bandai Digital Entertainment's USA website as of October 1996,[5] but were dropped from the lineup by 1997 and saw no other release.[1]

Titles released on other platformsEdit

PA Rebel Assault screenshot

A promotional screenshot of Star Wars: Rebel Assault, which did not get released for Pippin.

The following titles continued to be listed on Bandai Digital Entertainment's Japanese or American websites until the Pippin platform was officially withdrawn.[1] Though completed and shipped for other platforms, their release statuses for the Pippin Atmark or @WORLD consoles are unclear.[3]

Other unreleased portsEdit

Pippin Demo German Version CD-R

A german demo disc of unreleased software for the Katz Media Player 2000.

Established Mac developers expressed interest in porting their titles to the Pippin, including Cyan, CyberFlix, MacPlay, and Simon & Schuster Interactive.[6][7][8]

The following ports had been announced through media outlets, but never saw release for the Pippin:[4]

A few working demonstration discs of unreleased Pippin ports and/or demos have turned up in museum or private collections, which included:

Katz Media had also been licensing CD-ROM titles, of which only 4 to 5 were being developed for the Pippin platform, due to cost.[13] However, it is uncertain which titles had been released as Katz Media was seeking distribution partners at the time.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Other BDE Titles, Bandai Digital Entertainment USA. Archived 1997-07-12.
  2. Power Ranger - A Japanese Toymaker Invades Cyberspace by Cesar Bacani and Murakami Mutsuko, CNN. 1996-04-19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Apple Bandai Pippin USA Games by Willard, AtariAge Forums. 2014-08-03.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The unreleased games of Pippin (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Journal du Lapin. 2016-08-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Other BDE Titles, Bandai Digital Entertainment USA. Archived 1996-10-29.
  6. Consoles + (French), M.E.R.7. 1995-01.
  7. GamePro (70): 16, IDG. 1995-05.
  8. Playtime for Pippin by Carolyn Bickford, MacUser p.27. Ziff-Davis. 1995-09.
  9. Rarest/most valueble item you own by kstyle25, AssemblerGames. 2004-04-03.
  10. Bandai Pippin...College Thunder??? by kstyle25, AssemblerGames. 2004-10-30.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Katz Media Apple Pippin Development Kit by aspect, AssemblerGames. 2015-06-02.
  12. Artifact Details: Dark Forces by Rahoul Puri, Computer History Museum.
  13. This is a Norwegian game console developed for Apple (Norwegian) by Martin Gramnæs, PressFire. 2015-03-11.
  14. Distributors Wanted, Katz Media AS. Archived 1997-10-23.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • @WORLD Software at Bandai Digital Entertainment USA (archived 1997-04-04)
  • Pippin software at Bandai Digital Entertainment, Japan (archived 1997-06-27)