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Panasonic 3DO FZ-1 System - Video Game Console
Name: Panasonic 3DO FZ-1 System - Video Game Console
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  • Description
    3DO System for sale.  Includes on controller, one ac adaptor, and av cables or rf unit.


    Manufacturer:    Panasonic (first 3DO system; others followed)

    Launch Price:     $699.99

    Released Date:  October 1993

    Format:             CD-ROM


    CPU:                 32-bit ARM60 processor, running at 12.5MHz

    Memory:           32KB RAM

    Resolution:        640x480 pixels, from a palette of 16.7 million colors

    Sound:              16-bit Dolby Digital Surround sound

    Power:              A/C

    Connectivity:     none

    Accessories:      controllers, light gun,

    Miscellaneous:   The Panasonic FZ-1 R.E.A.L. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer was 1st

                            Panasonic FZ-10 R.E.A.L., Goldstar 3DO, Sanyo TRY 3DO were other

    subsequent models released at various prices.

    No regional lockout or copy protection featured in the consoles

    Product Reviews

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    3DO Interactive Multiplayer
    by David Pugh from North Carolina United States
    21 Aug 2015

    From the team behind the Commodore Amiga and the Atari Lynx came the 3DO, a 1993 console that marked the beginning of the 32-bit generation. The machine was also backed by the might of Electronic Arts, who provided the games, so it had to be a sure-fire success, right? Sadly not: the extortionately high price pretty much killed it from the start, and the 1994 arrival of the PS1 put the final nail in the coffin. Another problem the console faced (which is why the price was so high) was that it was licensed out to different manufacturers meaning there are several different versions of the machine. When you get past the dodgy **** games and FMV dross there are actually some really nice games there waiting to be played. Games such as Road Rash, Need For Speed, Return Fire, Star Fighter 3000 and Street Fighter II: Turbo provide you with some very good reasons to own one.

    by 3do guy from New York United States
    17 May 2008

    the 3do was pretty good with games that
    were good and bad. so skip it.

    Fates21  Fates21@yahoo.comon Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 04:59:22
    #do to me was always the coolest system.It was the first true cd system I ever had.Many 
    of the games were ports from other systems,but 3do always stood on top as the best ports 
    to me."Mad dog mcree,sewer sharks,night trap,super street fighter,road rash,ect"And then 
    it had some very cool 3do only games,"hell,pataank,twisted,crash&burn,Madden football".
    One of the things I liked most about it was that id was more than just a gaming system.It 
    had many educational titles for adults and kids alike from Tom Kites golf tutorial,to animals 
    and The ocean below,plus some cartoon cd's for entertainment toon time in the classroom,
    woddy woodpecker..It was the most well rouned system and was headed in the right direction 
    before it got discontinued.Just to much trouble being a 700 price tage and not making much 
    support at the time,but now that you can bearly find it anywhere,it has a great fallowing of 
    classic gamers.The new generation is missing out if the never even hear of the 3do..
    Werner Domroese  on Sunday, July 8, 2001 at 15:57:00
    I think it is very funny how everyone says this or that system is the first ever CD-
    based games system.

    It makes me think of CD-i, which was a few years _BEFORE_ 3DO AND NEC. Okay, 
    so it was not MARKETED as a games system, but technically it is the same. If not 
    CD-i, then there's still CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision or something), a failed 
    Commodore-experiment to put an Amiga into a conventional CD-player casing. Then 
    came CD-i, and after that the Commodore CD32, a 68020-based (32-bit) gaming system 
    loosely based on the Amiga 1200. Or was the Amiga 1200 based on CD32? Who knows,
    I don't know much about Amiga except it was the heritage of the old Atari 400/800, 
    developer-wiser (same engineers).

    Mark Barnes  on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 02:05:41
    I bought teh 3do system as an import when it was initially released and paid lots 
    of $$$$$$$$$$ for it, unfortunately it died before proper release in australia.
    There are a few places on teh web that sell the 3do games for this dead system 
    but alas all are US sites.  Does anyone out theer know of any place in AUSTRALIA 
    to purchase 3do games??  I really want to buy more cause some of the games are 
    still gold and many dont even feel that dated despite the fact tehy are 6-8 years old 
    which again says how good this system is and how much better it could have been. 
    email me...please.
    Marlene  on Wednesday, May 9, 2001 at 09:21:06
    Can anyone tell me what the original release date for the 3DO was?  Thank you.


    jerry  on Friday, February 16, 2001 at 13:53:29
    How can i show what the status of my memory is, only using the multiplayer?
    Adrian  on Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 14:36:12
    like Barry i myself live in the uk and can't get 3do games for love nor money....... 
    damn annoying but all the info i have for the uk market is a couple of numbers to
    try out
    games place.......02072211123
    i have a question does anyone know if i can play usa games on my uk 3do console 
    or if there is a device that could allow me to do so....
    John  on Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 06:09:01
    I am from the UK and I have had a 3DO for many years and I still think it is a good 
    console even better then the N64 and Dreamcast but I only have 3 games that work 
    due to I lent it to my dad and when I got it back most of my game are scratched and 
    therefore can not be played so I am wondering if any one knows where I can buy the 
    games for my 3DO 
    Doug Kaplan  on Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 20:40:37
    I also bought the 3DO back when it was releases in the US for the $800 price tag and 
    managed to get about 15 games for it.  I unfortunately gave it away when N64 came 
    out(i am a Nintendo person for life) but the 3DO amazed me so much now that i think 
    back that I contacted the people I gave it too and I am getting it back and will be a 
    permanent fixture in my house.
    Warren  on Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 04:03:18

    This is a cool site.  I thought I was the ONLY who loved the 3DO!!!  I stumbled upon 
    this site (as I won the bid to Night Trap on Ebay) and searched for a 'reviewing' site 
    for 3DO games I could not find back in 1995.

    If ANY of you guys want, let's band together and try to get Trip Hawkins (3DO CEO 
    here in the U.S.) to relaunch the system!!

    I have a secret tip also.  I told a friend the 3DO had a system so that you could not view 
    the contents of a 3DO game CD, he took up my challenge.  He burned a copy (Ballz) as 
    a test to prove how good he was.  He told me to test it.  And to my disblief - the 
    game had NO LOAD TIME!!!  He burned it at 4x.  I think 3 times as fast!!

    If 3DO were to re-release, faster burned 3DO games, I think it would catch on!!!  I am a die 
    hard fan, though the Goldstar kept breaking on me, I still stuck with it.  I now have the FZ10.  It is awesome!

    I may sound ludicrus, but I'm totally ignoring the Dreamcast and more excited at finding hard 
    to find 3DO games than purchasing the PS2.  Really!

    If any of you want to work on an unofficial website to show 3DO they have the support, they 
    just need to supply the world with more systems and faster games.  None of this 3D crap!

    The system should remain the same.  Nothing new to lock out old games.

    And for starters, re-launch games should be :

    Road Rash
    Samaurai Shodown (no other system could handle it's scaling - except Neo Geo)
    Soccer Kid
    Burning Soldier
    Way of the Warrior (Naughty Dog should drop Crash and fix the controls and add some more 
    animations - revamp it totally!  Also cause some attntion with the violence and blood)
    Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo
    Monster Manor
    Alone in the Dark (to contend any Resident Evil clone)
    Incredible Puzzle Machine (everyone would love it)
    Putt-Putt games
    And any 5 of the kiddie games
    And any 5 of the adult porno-type games.

    Now, with a line-up and with many newbie video game players not knowing of this system with 
    it's power and grace with a satifying $80 price tag (if costs could allow it to be), many would snag it.

    And keeping the cost of games at around $35.99, 3DO would gain valuable lost market!  Is anyone 
    with me?

    I've wanted to launch a one man 3DO campaign.  Not because I think the 3DO is a great system, 
    mainly because it IS a GREAT system.

    "I got my 3DO, do you have yours?"

    Any of you reading this, if you like what you've read, please, email me.  May we can do something 
    and see if 3DO would try to release something!!  I want my M2<whine>!  Oh and with super Sailor 
    Moon, talk about girlie sales.  And maybe Exclusives of the Power Puff Girls, A fully animated Scooby 
    Doo series of games, and Army Men finally on their parent system.

    Maybe even a better, simpler, funner version of Final Fantasy re-make just for the 3DO.

    "To dream of 3DO is to dream smiling."

    Email me. Subject : 3DO Camper


    Seth C  on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 at 10:47:54
    To the guy claiming the 3D0 brought CD gaming before anyone else, well, i laugh at the thought. 
    NEC released a CD-Rom for their PC Engine/Turbo Grafx-16 in both the US and Japan before even 
    an announcement of 3D0 was made. Check your facts.
    Hawkstar  on Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 22:41:18
    Ya.. I always personally thought that the TurboGrafx-16 (pc engine in japan) was the first cd based follwed 
    by 3d0 then sega cd but I could be wrong.. I love this system with all my heart and play it more than my 
    dreamcast sometimes. only thing is Zhadanost wont load.. I get to the fire stuido 3do logo. Were there 
    some machines zhadanost would run on? fgot an fz-10 and this is the only game that wont run. Heck.. 
    even killing time and bladeforce work right on it. As for M2.. that is sad.. 3do had the proper mind set to 
    make good games. At least they still do for the pc :)
    Steven Messinger on Friday, July 7, 2000 at 15:14:35
    Hey guys you should definitely come to the 3do newgroup!  Tons of fans still out there and talking. 
    J Fox  on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 15:44:02
    Eveyone that loves this system should try like me to bring it back.or if some one could get some custom 
    software that would help. there is a huge following I see it every day on the and n64 are not nearly 
    as cool as 3do.anyone who has played games like plumbers don't wear ties or night trap will tell you that.
    fellow 3do lovers email any software company you can and create the buzz.I wan't my 3do
    Joe  on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 02:39:52
    I have owned this system since its debut(and paid top dollar for it) I have almost every game ever developed for it and havent had any malfunctions.  I have enjoyed it and recomend it for people who want a second or even third systym in the home. ( by the way it can be used as a cd player with a cool screen saver while you play music.)  But I have this one frustration.  After loading many games and saving them on the imbeded chip I have used up all the availible memory and cant figure out how to access the memory manager.  If you can instruct Me I would apreciate the message.
    Barry Hanton  on Thursday, June 1, 2000 at 06:09:19
    I recently recieved an unwanted 3DO from a work collegue. Being a massive fan of Games i was intrigued with 
    the 3DO. It came with a host of software from BC racers to Doom and generally i was impressed. Except
    with Doom which was abysmal. I am still wondering how the 3DO died out. It had so much potential. 
    As i live in the UK it is nearly impossible to find games for the 3DO which is a shame cause i luv the machine. 
    Will US games work on UK Pal  machine? Probably not! Any info anyone has on UK Pal 3DO games would be 
    great, Especially adult games cause i could do with a laugh!

    Catch YA

    Jerry  on Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 13:49:27
    Own a 3do for these games-
    Star Control 2
    Street Fighter
    Need For Speed
    Wing Commander 3
    Return Fire
    Anthony  on Friday, January 14, 2000 at 02:27:44
    I have a system here in the USA.  I bought the system out of a pawn shop. The gold with a BUNCH of games, 
    then lost them due to hard ship.  I went out and bought another one again from a pawn shop, unfortunately this 
    was not the gold but just the regular panasonic.  I do feel that this is still one of the best video game system 
    around.  The reason for this is there isn't a game that beats Death keeper and Slayer.  Yes some games come 
    close like Doom for PS but it just doesn't compare.  I hope that you will be able to keep this site around for a 
    long time.  If you could help me in finding "Death keeper" it would be greatly apreative.
    Glen Webster  on Friday, January 14, 2000 at 05:47:58
    Sailor Pluto  on Friday, January 14, 2000 at 02:56:37
    Info: 3DO was the first CD-gaming console! Many people think that some console from NEC was the first,but actually, 3DO was officialy the first to introduce CD-gaming.

    Games: 3DO's first few games were low-qualitied, but the last few games made for 3DO were one of the best,example of the good games: Blade Force, Neuro Dancer, Battle Sport, D, Sailor Moon Super(very good game).3DO's adult games from America were not liked, as they were horible( the good American porn game was Neuro Dancer), but the adult games from Japan were loved and when 3DO died, Sega Saturn (of Japan) continued 3DO's good Japanese porno-tainment.

    Example of a Japanese adult game for 3DO: AV Girl Mahjong

    Example of a American adult game for 3DO: Naked Reunion, Blonde Justice

    Future: Around 1997, 3DO made this new-generation 3DO, called M2, but they sold it to Mitusita, as 3DO was in a state when they could be taken advantage of (this is what I call politics ^_^, other people called it business strategy *_*)So, 3DO the gaming console will most likely not come alive again, but now, 3DO makes games for other consoles, example: Army Men for PC! ~_~More info: You can get more info about 3DO at: 
    ( if you want even more info, look under the links page in the  above page :) 

    To buy or not to buy:Although 3DO is dead, I still think you should buy it, if you don't have it. You can get the games from Player's Choice also, as Player's Choice offers games for a CHEAP price, and Player's Choice's games have GOODDD quality.


    Alex Franceschi  on Sunday, January 9, 2000 at 22:48:24
    Eventually the M2 upgrade was released in Japan, but not as an upgrade.  It was released in Japan as a development system to develop 3-d rides and arcade games.  The official web page address from Panasonic is English.  If you want my opinion the Nintendo Dolphin is nothing more than a repackaged M2 made for the home.  Very similar specs, Power PC processor, and DVD.  I smell that Nintendo bought the rights for the U.S. distribution of the M2 system and are slapping their name on it.