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    Default Taito Wow-Wow?



    Since this system made it as far as test marketing before it was canceled, I wonder if there are any of them floating around...

    Ever heard of it?

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    I've heard of it and seen that pic online. I'm sure there is atleast one somewhere in Japan as I believe it was shown at an expo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrosport View Post
    I've heard of it and seen that pic online. I'm sure there is atleast one somewhere in Japan as I believe it was shown at an expo.
    Yeah, it was shown at TGS one year and was test marketed, but it apparently got a lukewarm reception by the people testing the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    Yeah, it was shown at TGS one year and was test marketed, but it apparently got a lukewarm reception by the people testing the system.
    Are you sure that particular version of the Wowow was test marketed? I know a final version was actually released, but it was essentially a Web TV like device where people downloaded Taito games, surfed the web and could do e-mail. It didn't have physical media that I know of. I'm pretty sure that the lone prototype of this system is what you have pictured there.

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    Not sure about that, but it says that one system under the name Taito Wow-Wow was test marketed in Japan and didn't do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    Not sure about that, but it says that one system under the name Taito Wow-Wow was test marketed in Japan and didn't do well.
    That's the web-tv like box I was talking about. I actually imported one using Yahoo auctions Japan about five years ago. It says Taito and Wowow on the box (I believe Wowow is the name of a telephone or satellite company in Japan), but it literally is just a box with some internal memory and ports to connect to the Internet and your TV. The controller did look the same or similar to that prototype picture, however.

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    Interesting, but this prototype looks like a game system that uses discs.

    Can you post pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    Interesting, but this prototype looks like a game system that uses discs.

    Can you post pics?
    Correct. I'm sure at the time it was shown, they thought a disc based system was a good business model. What they ended up selling in Japan almost two years later was basically a web-tv box which allowed you to download games from Taito, but also surf the Net and do e-mail. I think it was simply a case of the technology changing to make downloads a more sound business model, especially since Wowow probably had no business interest in having people buy discs since they were a telecom company and made their money by selling services and content. Taito probably saw it as a cheaper and less risky way to go since they basically just had to give Wowow the code to put on their servers rather than take the risk of having discs authored and pressed.

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