Year of Release: 1995, Discontinued in 1997
Quick Overview: Apple’s ill-fated foray into gaming, the Pippin was released in the U.S. in 1996. The Internet-capable console so slow that it positively chugged, proved an undisputed embarrassment for the computer giant. With meager processing power and a high price tag, it’s no shock the company abandoned Pippin like the illegitimate child of the gaming world it was.
Best Game on the System: Exotic Sushi
Although the games were reverse compatible with the Apple computers of the time, there were only 18 games released for the Pippin so it was slim pickings. Okay, so this wasn’t the best game on the console per se, but it shows you what kind of releases were available for the system. This “game” was a cookbook that taught you the history of sushi. It’s exactly what every kid wants for Christmas.
Reason for Downfall: Too slow, too expensive, and no games
Pippin took mediocrity to a palpable level with a PowerPC processor and 14.4-kbps modem that poachted potential fun had while playing because of an agonizingly slow speeds on and offline – and a lofty $600 price tag didn’t help.
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