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September 30, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Real3DOPlayer app, 3DO emulator is available for Android devices

3DO logo Before Best Buy crushed the various electronics stores in my area, I favored a place called Nobody Beats the Wiz - later purchased by Cablevision and currently an online retailer run by P.C. Richard. It was a strange name, but having bought most of my tapes and CDs from Crazy Eddie, it seemed fairly normal to me. It was there that I first saw a 3DO. Crazy Eddie

Nobody Beats The Wiz logo The 3DO was created by EA founder Trip Hawkins, but not in the traditional sense of a game console. Rather, it was a series of specifications that was licensed to 3rd party developers to manufacture. Panasonic was first to market with the CD-based 3DO game system. It was released in October 1993, just a month before the Atari Jaguar. I was a manic Atari fan and had budgeted my money for a Jag at the time.

Since this was about 2 years before Sega's Saturn and Sony's Playstation cemented the notion of optical media, I didn't pay much attention to the 3DO. It's price point was far more than the Jaguar and I wanted an Atari. The 3DO came and went in a matter of three years and was even over shadowed by Nintendo's upcoming N64. The 3DO may have been a victim of timing, but it's cost certainly turned away some gamers as did it's lack of games at launch. It listed at $699, but was typically sold for less.

Despite being unsuccessful as a console and business model, the 3DO had a library of over 300 games. With that size library, it's no wonder that emulators were created to keep these games alive for those who owned 3DOs and those, like myself, who wanted to see what we missed out on.

Road Rash for 3DO Real3DOPlayer for Android seems to be in the early stages of development, but it runs very well and has garnered a lot of acclaim for it's ability to deliver on devices sporting a 1.5 GHz dual core ARM. There are some embellishments needed in the interface and a few control issues, but it seems to be off to a very promising start.

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