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A History of Korean Gaming

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Original Korean Consoles

Console

Publisher

Based on

Release

Price Tag

Notes

Image

"TV Tennis"

Hanu Electronics

-

July 1976

W29,500

Pong console

Otron TV Sports / Gamatic 7600

Olympus Electronics

-

November 1976

W29,500

Exported world wide;
Pong console with 4 play modes

Otron TV Sports 7800

Olympus Electronics

-

1977?

W19,800

Pong console with a lightgun and 6 play modes

Magicom

Taegwang Electronics

?

December 1983

W95,000

Allegedly using a 16-bit microprocessor

Zemmix (CPC-50)

Daewoo

MSX

December 10th, 1985

W70,000 (W81,000 with joystick)

Produced in pink, blue and white versions

Zemmix V (CPC-51)

Daewoo

MSX

December 1987

W96,000

Produced in red, white and black versions

Zemmix Super V (CPC-61)

Daewoo

MSX2

1990

W135,000

Produced in white and black versions;
has ports for keyboard and floppy disk drive

Zemmix Turbo (CPG-120)

Daewoo

MSX2+

October 1991

W148,000

Fast motion and pause hardware functions;
equalizer display for music;
came with a 30-in-1 game pack

GP32

GamePark

-

November 23, 2001

?

also released in parts of Europe;
a blue-colored variant with a backlit screen was released later

XGP

GamePark

-

unreleased

-

first announced in 2005, but never released due to GamePark's bankruptcy

XGP mini

GamePark

-

unreleased

-

tiny-sized variant of the XGP;
first announced in 2005, but never released due to GamePark's bankruptcy

XGP kids

GamePark

-

unreleased

-

low-end alternative to the XGP;
first announced in 2006, but never released due to GamePark's bankruptcy

GP2X F-100

GamePark Holdings

-

November 10th, 2005

?

test release in limited numbers (500);
proper release on May 12th, 2006

Dinkii

Gambros

-

unreleased

-

first introduced in 2007;
shell identical to the Gamepark XGP kids

GP2X F-200

GamePark Holdings

GP2X

November 5th, 2007

?

optimized version of the GP2X F-100;
touch screen

Voca Master (GP2X F-300)

GamePark Holdings

GP2X

January 2009

-

sold as English language trainer Voca Master;
limited compatibility with previous GP2X models

NXGP

Gambros

-

unreleased

-

Sucessor to the also unreleased XGP

GP2X Wiz

GamePark Holdings

GP2X F-300

April 30th, 2009

W198,000

-

Caanoo

GamePark Holdings

GP2X Wiz

August 16th, 2010

W198,000

Almost identical hardware specs but no software compatibility with the GP2X Wiz


Korean Licensed Consoles

Every console hardware known in Japan and the West was also readily available in Korea through imports (and the licensed ones were usually also imported much earlier), this page only lists those that were officially licensed to and/or published by a Korean company. In 2001, Sony opened their Korean division to release the PS2 on their own as the first foreign manufacturer, thus ultimately ending the age of licensed consoles in Korea (Nintendo hardware was still published through Daewon Culture Industry Inc. from 2002 to 2006, but those releases are left out for lack of interesting information).

Console

Publisher

Based on

Release

Price Tag

Notes

Image

Sega Mark III

Oacs

Mark III

November 1988 or March 1989

W115,000

-

Gam*Boy

Samsung

Master System

April 1989

W119,000

-

Comboy

Hyundai

NES

October 1989

W139,000

Compatible with the American NES

Zemmix PC Shuttle (CPG-100)

Daewoo

PC Engine

April 1990

W180,000

-

Super Gam*Boy (SPC-200R)

Samsung

Mega Drive

May 1990

W185,000

-

Mini Comboy

Hyundai

Game Boy

November 1990

W99,000

-

Gam*Boy II / Aladdin Boy

Samsung

Master System II

October 25th, 1991

W135,000

Produced in black and blue, Korean version of Alex Kidd integrated.

Handy Gam*Boy (SPC-150)

Samsung

Game Gear

January 1991

W198,000

-

Super Comboy

Hyundai

SNES

December 1992

?

-

CD Aladdinboy

Samsung

Sega CD

March 1993

W398,000

-

Vistar (Supercom 16-bit)

Haitai

TurboGrafx-16

April 1993

W169,000

US card pinout;
some units shipped with "protection glasses" to prevent epilleptic strokes

CD Aladdinboy II

Samsung

Sega CD II

July 1993

W349,000

-

Super Aladdin Boy II (SPC-201N)

Samsung

Mega Drive 2

1993

W154,000

-

CD Vistar

Haitai

Turbo Duo

unreleased (planned September 1993)

around W200,000 planned

Initially planned for a simultaneous release with the Vistar, but cancelled after several delays when Kŏbo took over Haitai's console department.

Neo Geo

Vic-A

Neo Geo

January 1994

W280,000

Plain repackaged import, only some machines had the additional label in Hangeul

Jaguar

Bulldog Software

Jaguar

October 1994

?

Plain import even without a new label

3DO Alive (GDO-101)

Goldstar / LG

3DO

November 1994

W399,000

Not 100% compatible with Panasonic models;
sold with "Alive" lettering on top later

Super 32X

Samsung

Sega Super 32X

January 18th, 1995

W199,000

-

Saturn (SPC-ST)

Samsung

Sega Saturn

October 20th, 1995

W550,000

-

3DO Alive II (GDO-203)

LG

3DO

December 20th, 1995

W299,000

-

Comboy 64

Hyundai

Nintendo 64

July 19th, 1997

W320,000

-

NeoGeo Pocket Color

Vic-A

NeoGeo Pocket Color

March 19th, 1999

?

Repackaged import;
advertised for simultaneous release with Japan

Wonder Swan Color

Young Toys

Wonder Swan Color

November 2001

W50,000

Repackaged import;
several bundles available


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