18th November 2013, 2:16 AM
Little-known video game consoles
For years, there had been game consoles that never truly took off, whether on the market or past the prototype stage. This topic is where we discuss about video game consoles that not too many people know about. Oh, and no Nintendo consoles, because there's already a topic or two for those.
Our first system: The Capcom Power System Changer
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The Capcom Power System Changer (CPS Changer for short) was Capcom's attempt to compete with SNK's Neo-Geo AES home console in the niche of high-end consoles with arcade-perfect games. It was released in Japan in 1994, and was available by mail-order. The game cartridges are huge, and the main console is small and using the same type of controllers as the SNES. The reason why the game carts are so large (bigger than the AES main console unit) is because they are special versions of Capcom CP System arcade motherboards programmed for home use on the CPS Changer. The cartridges also use a modified version of the plastic casing used by the CP System Dash, which was also developed for the arcades the same year. Each CPS Changer game had this pricing scheme;
1 game - 20,000 Yen
2 games - 38,000 Yen
3 games - 55,000 Yen
Pretty darn expensive in those days. Then again, the CPS Changer was also sold in either a double or triple set deal
double set (CPS Changer + Capcom Power Stick Fighter) - 34,800 Yen
triple set (CPS Changer + Capcom Power Stick Fighter + Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting) - 39,800 Yen
Compare those prices to the AES, which sold for 48,800 Yen during those days.
They only released thirteen games for it, and the last of which, a back-port of Street Fighter Alpha, was sold for 35,000 Yen.
They pulled support for the 'Changer in 1996.
The CPS Changer uses the same kind of controller ports as the SNES, so it can use any SNES-compatible controller, especially the Capcom-brand ones like the Power Stick Fighter and the Capcom Pad Soldier gamepad. Oh, and experts also lauded the CPS Changer as a Capcom-branded SuperGUN (TV-JAMMA adapter), since its game carts are essentially home versions of CP System motherboards. Regardless, the CPS Changer IS a game console in its own right. Ahh...I remember seeing it on eBay once or twice years ago, and the seller asked for the kind of money one would use to buy a new car, or something less than that. I don't remember. The reason why they call the 'Changer a SuperGUN is because its cartridge slot is a JAMMA port, and the console's physical design is meant to prevent anybody from using other arcade motherboards on it, unless of course they put in a few modifications.