The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer or just 3DO, was a game console released in 1993 with the first models released by Panasonic and other models released by other companies in 1994. It was created by EA founder Trip Hawkins, who founded the 3DO Company in 1991. Game publishers only had to pay a $3 royalty rate fee per game unlike Nintendo and Sega that required higher royalty fees for the games.
Why it Flopped
- It had a high price of $699 at launch time, though Trip claimed that the price at launch was $599, but then stated that the original launch was $699 and retailers did not sell it at that price.
- The $3 royalty rate per game was well-written on paper, but this allowed anyone to create a game for the system with no quality control. This lead to the creation of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties, which ended up contributing to the demise of the 3DO.
- While the 3DO did indeed have good games in its library, it heavily focused on FMV style games which were a fad at the time and lacked real interactivity with gamers.
- The market was over-saturated with other game systems, such as Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Atari Jaguar and the Philips CD-i. By the time the Nintendo 64, the Sega Saturn, and the Sony PlayStation came along, the 3DO was finished.
- On the system there's only one controller input. The second controller input is in the first controller.
- The cords for the controllers are very long, so you don't have to be next to each other in order to play games.
- Without this system, we will never have the Need for Speed series and Gex games.
- Due to the Controller Ports on controllers as mentioned above, there's no multi-tap required to play multiplayer games.
- It was the first video game console powered by ARM CPU architecture, which would later power awesome portables and consoles such as the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo Switch, PS Vita, many iOS/Android phones and Tablets, Raspberry Pi, etc.
The 3DO was awarded "Worst Console Launch of 1993" by Electronic Gaming Monthly. On Yahoo! Games, the 3DO was placed among the top five worst console launches due to its one-game launch lineup and high launch price.