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Encyclopedia > Dedicated console

A dedicated console is a video game console that is dedicated to a built in game or games, and is not equipped for additional games, via cartridge or other media. The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a video game console. ...



Most of the earliest home video game systems were dedicated consoles, most popularly Pong and its many imitators. By the end of the 1970's cartridge based systems had risen to prominence, and continued their lead until CD-based systems gained prominence in the mid to late 1990's. PONG, an adaptation of table tennis to the video screen, was the first commercially successful video game and is widely regarded as ushering in the video game era. ...

Hunting and fishing games

Dedicated consoles have appeared for fishing games, with controllers in the form of a rod and reel. Other dedicated consoles have been released with light guns, for hunting, shooting, and even archery games.

Plug and play

Most modern dedicated home game systems are popularly reffered to as "plug and play," because they are based on modern technology which enables the hardware and software of the entire game to be within a single controller, with no separate console at all. Some of these are clones of old games, and are produced in China or Southeast Asia, while others contain licensed games and are distributed in mainstream stores in the West. Of the latter, Jakks Pacific's line of TV Games is among the most famous, which includes re-releases of many vintage games, from arcade classics to Atari 2600 games, as well as games based on currently-popular characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants (see also: Spongebob joystick game). Konami has also released a line of their classic arcade games, including Frogger, on "plug and play" dedicated systems. Plug and Play is a term used in the computer field to describe a computers ability to have new devices, normally peripherals, added to it without having to reconfigure or (ideally) restart the computer. ... Jakks Pacific is a toy maker known for their WWE figures, Battlebots toys, Road Champs car models and their TV Games series of 10-in-1 game controllers. ... TV Games are becoming popular as adults are able to play the nostalgic games, such as Asteroids, without the need for an Emulator. ... SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg. ... The SpongeBob SquarePants joystick game is an 8-bit TV game with 5 integrated games. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) (TYO: 9766) (NYSE: KNM) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Frogger is a 1981 arcade game produced by Sega, developed by Konami. ...


Dedicated systems have appeal, especially as they often have several games on one system for less than the cost of a single game for a popular console system, the popular system itself costing many times as much, which makes the dedicated console far more economical to purchase. These games suffer in reputation, however, as quality control is often thought not to be as high as it ought to be.

New old systems

In Brazil, TecToys, the Brazilian Sega distributor has rereleased the Sega Master System with numerous games built in. These are not strictly-speaking, dedicated consoles, however, as they also support cartridge-based games. Sega Master System The Sega Master System (SMS for short) (Japanese: マスターシステム), is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console manufactured by Sega. ...

In the United States, a miniaturized version of the Atari home consoles has been released. It is a dedicated console, having no cartridge support, and is actually based on a clone of the NES hardware, but running Atari software. A newer version, Atari Flashback 2, is based on actual Atari hardware, and includes some new games developed by modern hobbyist Atari 2600 programmers, as well as old favorite games. It is reported that, while the new console has no cartridge slot, it is designed such that a knowledgeable person can add one. For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... The Atari Flashback 2 The Atari Flashback 2 is a plug-and-play video game console created in 2005 by Atari. ... Atari 2600 (four-switch version). ...



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