Collector Scores Unreleased Panasonic M2 Console, Controller & Demos

Collector-Scores-Unreleased-Panasonic-M2-Console-Control-Pad-and-Demo-SoftwareTo some, the Panasonic M2 is nothing more than a once-mentioned-in-print failed console. Others however never gave up hope on locating a prototype of the fabled platform. After a 10 year hunt, one lucky collector has finally bagged himself a working console along with a control pad and various demonstration software.

Clearly, miracles can happen. Cancelled in 1997, the M2 was the follow up to the Panasonic 3DO which folded early due to the uncontrollable growth of the rival machine; the Sony PlayStation.

The console has since become a rather hot topic on retro gaming forums following the occasional hint here and there as to its whereabouts. One of the earlier (and bizarre) mentions of the M2 being out in the wild suggested that the hardware was being put to good use in Russian ATM machines.

While other lucky collectors have been fortunate enough to obtain a working M2 prototype over the years, the most recent find by hardcore M2 fanatic bitrate has brought along the arrival of a somewhat familiar looking control pad along with some previously undiscovered demonstration software.

bitrate is currently detailing his incredible find over at the Digital Press forums with a range of detailed photographs showcasing the console and the power behind it.

Link: bitrate's Panasonic M2 Prototype Console Documentation Thread

Last Updated ( 15 September 2011 )  


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(Link to this comment) JokerJur 2011-09-15 23:06
Cool read, thanks!
(Link to this comment) Speedle 2011-09-16 10:33
Epic! Stuff like this really is the coolest of the cool for us retro peeps! Makes you wonder what other gems are out there waiting to be found :D
(Link to this comment) Darkstalker90 2011-09-23 19:41
Nice to see an M2 in the flesh, especially the controller which I had only previously seen in the screenshot of an M2 game's options screen. Guess this makes the N64 pad look a little less revolutionary now.
(Link to this comment) Wrath Oskvro 2011-09-24 02:27
This would have been really cool had it hit the market I think. Though the unit itself looks like an abomination XD

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