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Chalmers Automobile
2014-02-21 10:51:47

Chalmers-Detroit was an automobile company formed in 1908 when Hugh Chalmers bought out the Thomas-Detroit company. It was renamed to Chalmers in 1911. During the 1910s the company thrived but the post-WWI recession of the 1920s caused the company to merge with the Maxwell Automobile Company. In 1923, Chalmers ended all vehicle production. The brand is owned by Chrysler. Chalmers were...

Sega Nomad
2013-08-10 07:32:11

The Sega Nomad is a handheld gaming console also known as the Sega Genesis Nomad. It was released by Sega on October 13, 1995 as a portable version of the home based unit the Sega Genesis. This unit is one of the few systems that can play most of the games from any region without an adapter. The system sold around one million units before it was discontinued in 1997. It was codenamed Project...

Nintendo DS Lite
2013-08-05 12:24:52

The Nintendo DS Lite is a handheld game console with a dual screen, developed by Nintendo. It is slimmer, lighter, and brighter than the original Nintendo DS. It was available in Japan on March 2, 2006 with 550,000 systems released; it was sold out soon after its launch. Nintendo released another 700,000 in April 2006, and once again the units sold out by late May 2006. Every time the stores...

Fairchild Channel F
2013-04-28 10:35:10

The Fairchild Channel F is a game console manufactured by Fairchild Semiconductor that was released in August 1976. It was the first programmable ROM cartridge-based video game console as well as the first to use a microprocessor. The original name for the system was the Video Entertainment System, but when Atari released their VCS the name was changed to Channel F. By 1977 sales had reached...

RCA Studio II
2013-04-28 10:25:17

The RCA Studio II was released in January 1977 by RCA as a video game console. It had black and white graphics that were similar to Pong consoles. Game control used two built-in ten button keypads instead of controllers. The keypads made it difficult for two player games to be played because the players would have to sit so close together. It was discontinued in 1979. It used a switch box...

Sega Saturn
2013-04-28 08:27:49

The Sega Saturn is a 32-bit video game console produced by Sega as the fifth generation in a line of game consoles. It was released in Japan on November 22, 1994, North American on May 11, 1995 and on July 8, 1995 in Europe. In the United States only 2 million units were sold compared to over 6 million in Japan. The system was discontinued on August 10, 1998. Its successor was the...

Sega Mega-CD
2013-04-28 08:17:11

The Sega Mega-CD released as the Sega CD in North America, is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis video game console. It was designed and produced by Sega, released in Japan on December 12, 1991, North America and Brazil June 1992, and Europe and Australia April 1993. Over six million units have been sold worldwide and production of the unit was discontinued 1996. The...

Sega 32X
2013-04-28 08:07:40

The Sega 32X is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis video game console. It was released on November 21, 1994 in North America and December 3, 1994 in Japan. Due to low sales, the system was discontinued in October 1995. The add-on originally was going to be a cartridge based unit code named “Project Jupiter,” but Sega decided to modify the project to also accept CD-ROM games...

Sega Genesis
2013-04-27 09:05:01

The Sega Genesis is the fourth generation of game consoles developed by Sega. It was also known as the Sega Mega Drive released in Japan on October 29, 1988. It was released in other regions as the Sega Genesis. In the US, New York and Los Angeles were the first cities to get the console on on August 14, 1989 in. On September 15, 1989 it was released to the rest of North America. It was...

Sega Master System
2013-04-27 08:47:49

The Sega Master System (SMS) was manufactured by Sega as the third generation video game console, released on October 20, 1985 as the Sega Mark III in Japan. The system was redesigned and released as the SMS in June 1986 in North America, 1987 in Europe, and 1989 in Brazil. A re-release of the SMS came in late 2006 with a hand held device that used 3 AAA batteries and contained 20 built in...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'