You won’t be judged for not knowing about the Canceled Console: 3DO M2 as many might be hearing about it for the first time. The valuable hardware was supposed to be the successor to the widely loved 3DO game console. Unfortunately, the sequel was unexpectedly canceled in 1997 due to pressure from emerging consoles, like Nintendo’s N64 and Sony’s PlayStation.
However, the legacy of 3DO M2 does not end there. The canceled material became little more than a mention in video game history, as much of the gaming community omitted its existence. However, 3DO M2 has become a very valuable piece for collectors of retro consoles. Console titles are considered rare gems due to the difficulty of playing them.
The 3DO M2 console is highly sought after due to the scarcity of hardware to get your hands on. Collectors like Video Game Esoterica are among those with access to the very rare console. Only 5 sets were produced for the enticing hardware, being highly sought after so they could be treasured by collectors and retro gamer enthusiasts.
These 5 old games have now been emulated on the MAME emulator, which means that the titles can now be played on a PC, given that you have a high-end processor. The achievement was explored by famous retro gaming enthusiast, Anthony Bacon, who runs the aforementioned Youtube channel. The youtube video details all the details of the project. Anthony directs all titles released on 3DO M2.
The description of the video reads: “Ever since I released the source code for the 3DO M2 wallet, people have been asking… can you emulate 3DO M2 in MAME? and if so, how is the emulation? Well, let’s see how Tobe! Polystars, Evil Night, Total Vice, Battle Tryst and Heat of Eleven play in MAME! Because preserving retro-gaming is important!”
The MAME emulator is designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems in modern PC software. This emulator is widely used by retro game curators to avoid loss of vintage games. 3DO M2 games were played on MAME emulator by Anthony and all games except Battle Tryst ran successfully.
The 3D battle game did not work because it uses a different graphics rendering mode which caused the game to not work. All the other 4 titles were able to run successfully but with their own drawbacks. Titles did not run at full speed and ran at lower speed percentages than the original hardware card depending on the game.
According to Anthony, a powerful processor is required, and older generations may result in slower speeds than he experienced throughout his testing process. Old retro games can now be played on the MAME emulator, which is a big help considering the console is very hard to get. More retro game lovers can experiment to indulge in these 5 rare titles.
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