|Pictured: FZ-21S Model|
|Developer||The 3DO Company|
|Type||Home video game console|
|Predecessor||3DO Interactive Multiplayer|
- Not to be confused with Konami M2, although they do share some history.
The Panasonic M2, also known as 3DO M2 or simply M2, is a 64-bit, fifth-generation home video game console meant to be released by Matsushita (Panasonic) in 1997. Developed by The 3DO Company, M2 featured a CPU comprised of dual PowerPC 602s clocked @ 66 MHz, alongside a custom ASIC chip codenamed "Bulldog", which handled several audiovisual elements.
After system specifications were sold to Matsushita in early 1996, the company made a deal with Konami to produce arcade hardware based on the specifications (See Konami M2).
Despite this, plans for release of the home console were canceled in mid 1997, and in October of the same year, Matsushita started marketing the M2 hardware for use in other markets, such as interactive kiosks. However, several games and miscellaneous software have surfaced since, such as "IMSA Racing", "PonPonLand" and "VizHouse".
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Interactive Media Player FZ-21S (FZ-21S1TK / FZ-21S1K)
The system uses a case design identical to what was intended for the finalized M2 console. Additionally, it is much more rare than the FZ-35S.
Interactive Media Player FZ-35S
Uses a completely different case design, has 16MB of RAM and features a DVD-ROM drive. Other than that, the hardware is identical to the FZ-21S.
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