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Post by bitrate » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:18 pm

Well, here it is. Eleven years of collecting 3DO and 3DO-M2. These pictures represent about 97-98% of the collection.

The only things I didn't include in the pictures are a couple of Konami M2 arcade units, a 3DO dev station and a handful of PAL titles. They are stuck in a storage locker and will have to be pulled out later.

I collect for other systems, but 3DO and M2 are by far the systems that I am most passionate about.
A lot of what is pictured below I found to be extremely difficult to locate. Some of the items took more than ten years of active searching.

The pictures are more or less grouped together in categories to make searching a little easier. For larger images, just click on the respective smaller resolution picture.

Anyway, I hope you can all enjoy the following trip back to the mid-1990's from the perspective of an often dismissed gaming system.




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Pictured below are two boxed Korean 3DO Goldstar Alive model 1 systems:

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Pictured below are factory sealed / unopened systems:
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Pictured below are loose consoles without boxes:
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Pictured below are 3DO Robo's. There is also a link to a video of a Robo running:


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3DO Robo Video Link



Pictured below is a complete in box 3DO Robo and a shot of the two different Robo's stacked together:
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Pictured below are 3DO Blaster's, one of which is running in an old 486 PC. There is also a link to a video of the running 3DO Blaster:


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Pictured below are shots of a 3DO Blaster running as well as shots of the hardware and interconnects:
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Pictured below is what a complete 3DO Blaster looks like followed by a collection of the required CD drives, 2 complete in box Japanese 3DO Blasters, and finally, a factory sealed 3DO Blaster:
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Pictured below are 3DO Testing Stations. These were used by developers to debug games and are therefore able to run unsigned code:
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Post by bitrate » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:18 pm

Pictured below is 3DO software:


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Pictured below are close-ups of 3DO software:
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Pictured below is the released US long-box library:
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Pictured below is the Japanese exclusive library:
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Pictured below is the Japanese non-exclusive library:
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Pictured below is the US released non-long-box library including the mail-order only Mental Messages and black variant of Killing Time:
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Pictured below are Japanese pre-release game samplers:
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Pictured below are the unreleased 3DO titles produced by Good Deal Games and Oldergames:
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Pictured below are the samplers/demo's included with the Japanese 3DO Magazine and the European 3DO Magazine:
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Pictured below are US samplers/demo's:
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Pictured below are mixed US, Japanese and European samplers/demo's:
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Pictured below are game samplers provided with a subscription to the Japanese 3DO Hyper REAL Club:
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Pictured below are loose US and Japanese titles:
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Post by bitrate » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:18 pm

Pictured below are new/sealed cases of US released long-box titles:
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Pictured below are retailer demo binders:
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Pictured below are US Not For Resale titles:
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Pictured below are some 3DO bootlegs followed by the original soundtrack for the 3DO title Pataank:
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Pictured below are European 3DO titles:
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Pictured below are Korean 3DO titles:
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Pictured below are various 3DO development disks:
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Pictured below are 3DO alphas/betas/protos:
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Pictured below are unreleased 3DO titles:
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Post by bitrate » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Pictured below are 3DO peripherals:
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Pictured below are individual close-ups of 3DO peripherals:
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Pictured below are loose 3DO pads:
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Pictured below are early proto 3DO pads:
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Pictured below are loose 3DO arcade sticks, a loose memory unit, function box, VCD adaptor, karaoke units and a SNES adaptor:
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Pictured below are US, Japanese and European 3DO dedicated magazines and books:
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Pictured below are various internal 3DO documents, flyers and pamphlets, developer newsletters, lithographs and marketing material:
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Pictured below are long-box US titles which were hung in Panasonic's lobby, Japanese 3DO calling cards, VHS tapes of 3DO focus groups/3DO game development/3DO game attracts/etc., ALG arcade interface hardware, 3DO clothing and 3DO office supplies:
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Post by bitrate » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Pictured below are M2 consoles:
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Pictured below are two M2 development kits. One kit is factory sealed/unopened, and the other kit is opened but new:
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Pictured below are M2 development boards. Also pictured is an extremely rare prototype M2 graphics card for PC's that was never released.
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Pictured below are various FZ-35S models, FZ-55 models as well as a couple of Konami arcade units:
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Pictured below are various M2 game/demo disks and M2 development disks:
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Pictured below are various M2 development documents:
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Pictured below are some shots of one of the M2 consoles running some M2 games/demos:
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Pictured below are some miscellaneous 3DO related items. I don't really consider these part of the 3DO collection, but all of the magazines have really nice 3DO and/or M2 articles:
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Post by Mobius » Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:48 am

So... Can I come over and play video games? I'm insanely jealous of your collection.

On a more serious note, I'd love to see some of those development content discs dumped/shared. It's be a huge help for homebrew.

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Post by Lemmi » Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:10 am

totally mind blowing collection

heh i see a few of my old things in there :)

looks like your missing a 3DO pin and the black 3DO shirt (which i have)

and out of all that i just want the games im missing boxes/manuals for :D
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Post by 3DO Experience » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:00 am

Do you aspire to have at least 5 of each item?

This really is impressive and I'm glad you took the time to take photos of it all. I think we need to put some collectors on a suicide watch once they see they can never have anything close to this.
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Post by bitrate » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:18 am

Mobius wrote:So... Can I come over and play video games?
Anytime. :wink:
Mobius wrote: On a more serious note, I'd love to see some of those development content discs dumped/shared. It's be a huge help for homebrew.
I know, I need to get some of them uploaded. Dragging everything out of storage and taking these pictures was an absolute killer. I should have a little more free time in a bit and I'll see about getting some of those uploaded.

Lemmi wrote:totally mind blowing collection

heh i see a few of my old things in there

looks like your missing a 3DO pin and the black 3DO shirt (which i have)

and out of all that i just want the games im missing boxes/manuals for
Thank you, sir. That steering wheel was something I had been after for a long time. Unbelievably elusive.

3DO Experience wrote:Do you aspire to have at least 5 of each item?
At a bare minimum. :D

I am so glad to be finished taking pictures.
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Post by 3DO Experience » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:30 am

Since you took the effort to take pics of everything I took the time to look at every picture. My mind is still numb.
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Post by bitrate » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:39 am

3DO Experience wrote:Since you took the effort to take pics of everything I took the time to look at every picture. My mind is still numb.

Haha. I appreciate that.

This was something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I've been telling people I would do it for a while now too.

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Post by mattyg » Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:57 am

Tears of joy knowing that so much is safe and preserved - any genuine Aussie Goldstars there?
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Post by bitrate » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:12 am

mattyg wrote:Tears of joy knowing that so much is safe and preserved - any genuine Aussie Goldstars there?
You know, I don't believe there are any Aussie Goldstars. It's something I'll have to fix. :D

Now that I look at this mess, it seems I forgot to add a couple of pics... :cry:

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Post by BryWI » Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:30 pm

You know it's rare when bitrate doesn't have 3 of an item. Nice collection! I think this topic has come up before but i don't remember the answer... Anything you are still looking for?

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Post by Austin » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:58 pm

3DO Experience wrote:Since you took the effort to take pics of everything I took the time to look at every picture. My mind is still numb.
My mind was numb just from looking at the first few. I'm surprised I didn't go into a coma after I looked at all of them. :lol:

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Post by Trev » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:25 pm

How big of a house do you have bitrate? :lol:

No words left to describe your pics .... It's like a video game high/intoxication.
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Post by bitrate » Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:25 am

BryWI wrote:You know it's rare when bitrate doesn't have 3 of an item. Nice collection! I think this topic has come up before but i don't remember the answer... Anything you are still looking for?

There will probably always be 3DO items I am looking for, which is part of what keeps it interesting.
I still need to get an Alive II (preferably, in box), would love to find WARP's D promotional key, a build of Rockman X3, a build of D2, Power Crystal... and the list goes on and on.
The things that I don't even know exist can be really exciting too. This happens about once every two years or so - something pops up.

Trev wrote:How big of a house do you have bitrate?

Thanks to Trip's vision of the future, it's much smaller than it should be. :wink:


Added some pictures that didn't get copied over by mistake, including a pre-production Panasonic FZ-1 Operators manual.

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Post by pitsunami » Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:21 am

Just wow....those are some seriously great pics!! And ofcourse great stuff,
nice to see them gathred in a page! :)

I would love to hear some stories on how this collection built up during those years.

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Post by sneth » Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:28 pm

why do you keep so many duplicates?

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Post by pitsunami » Mon Oct 03, 2011 5:59 pm

sneth wrote:why do you keep so many duplicates?
Cause he is crazy! :lol:

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Post by bitrate » Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:30 pm

sneth wrote:why do you keep so many duplicates?

What duplicates?

pitsunami wrote:Just wow....those are some seriously great pics!! And ofcourse great stuff,
nice to see them gathred in a page!

I would love to hear some stories on how this collection built up during those years.
Thanks pits.

Hmmm... stories. Well, there are a few I suppose.
Nothing earth-shattering though. :lol:
It's mostly me sitting at a computer in my off-time searching all corners of the internet.
There were a couple of 3DO related trips to Japan that were fun, and I have met some very nice people who used to work for 3DO as well.

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Post by NikeX » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:42 pm

Yes! This is the most complete 3DO / M2 collection on earth. I take this as a virtual museum. If you have time in the next months, years, bitrate, I think we all would like to see a new video, especially of the demo CD (apebot). I love the M2 logo. So unusual. I am impressed by your more than a decade long journey. It took me also a long time.

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Post by Madroms » Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:16 pm

That's impressive!
We know that you need some items on your Korean collections, but what about your JPN collections: is it complete / games ? is it complete / demos ?
Did you manage to gel them all ?

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Post by JohnnyDude » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:00 am

Just signing on to give you props, bitrate. Looking good! I've never seen a 3DO collection quite like it.

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Post by bitrate » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:26 pm

Madroms wrote:That's impressive!
We know that you need some items on your Korean collections, but what about your JPN collections: is it complete / games ? is it complete / demos ?
Did you manage to gel them all ?

Yes, the Japanese collection is complete - as far as I know, that is. I say this because I thought it was complete a year ago and then another title popped up that I had never heard of before.

Now that I look through the pictures I posted of the Japanese titles, I notice that another image didn't get pasted over. One of the Japanese non-exclusive pictures is missing of Off-World Interceptor, Corpse Killer, Virtuoso and Supreme Warrior.

Anyway, in answer to your question, yes, that is the entire Japanese library of exclusive, non-exclusive, and demo/sample titles.


I will insert the missing image when my photobucket bandwidth meter gets reset tomorrow and the images become viewable again.

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Post by Madroms » Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:18 pm

ah, that's great! The JPN games library is not so easy to complete (I stopped trying to get it myself, I am missing about 50 titles) so I am happy to know someone manage to get it ;)
And I didn't count the demo library, that's wonderful :)

Do you list all the titles somewhere ? I am willing to know how many there are and how far I am from the completion. For now, I have 203 JPN titles (games+demos).

And you may need to run a website with a comprehensive database withh all your stuff :wink:

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Post by grand_barbare » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:07 pm

fantastic! :D

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Post by ajgiov » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:46 pm

Amazing sir!

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Alive II

Post by Mr.Hunt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:56 am

You haven't photo Alive II GoldStar :-)

You connecting pci prototip M2 ? In sistem it seen ? (sorry for my poor english)

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Re: Alive II

Post by bitrate » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:16 pm

Mr.Hunt wrote:You haven't photo Alive II GoldStar :-)

That is correct, I am missing an Alive II Goldstar. Always on the lookout.

Although, I do have new 3DO Korean items to take pictures of and add to this thread. :wink:

Mr.Hunt wrote:You connecting pci prototip M2 ? In sistem it seen ? (sorry for my poor english)

No, I have not installed the Marvin card into a PC as I do not have a driver for it.
I highly doubt I will ever come across a driver for that card. It will most likely have to remain an interesting footnote in M2 history.

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