Forgotten Consoles: Panasonic Q

The Panasonic Q might be a bit familiar to some and it’s not a completely original console. The Q is basically a Gamecube that supports full-size DVD’s as opposed to just mini-DVDs. It’s still easy to pass by, but if you’re going to talk about the Gamecube, this is bound to come up.

The Panasonic Q. Released only in Japan.

The console itself sported a few extra hardware features, but otherwise wasn’t that special.

The Panasonic Q (sometimes known as Q and GameQ) is a hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with a DVD player manufactured by Panasonic in cooperation with Nintendo. The system was officially released only in Japan. A feature of its main competitors Xbox and PlayStation 2, the GameCube lacked commercial DVD movie playback functionality due to the use of the Nintendo optical disc format for games and the correspondingly small disc tray. The Q system was licensed by Nintendo and released on December 13, 2001 and listed at US$439.


Forgotten Consoles: Sega IR 7000

In the world of smartphones, digital organizers are no longer necessary. But, before then, PDAs and similar devices were fairly common. Who ever thought Sega would make an attempt at one?

The Sega IR 7000 Communicator (

Enter the Sega IR 7000, capable of sending text messages to another IR 7000 along with other functions such as a calculator and calendar. Visit Sega Retro’s site for more info on this device lost to time.

The IR 7000 Communicator is a handheld device manufactured by Casio and released by Sega to the United States in 1994. The IR 7000 acts as a personal digital assistant, and allows IR 7000 users to communicate with each other via an infra-red beam, referred to as a “Magic Beam” on the box and back of the device. The IR 7000 features include the ability to send text messages, play the one or two-player action game “Brain Drain”, create pictures of contacts using 400 facial features, and save phone numbers and addresses with password protection. The device also features a scheduler, calendar, calculator, currency converter, alarm, memo pad, World map, and 10 language settings.

The IR 7000 has much in common with the Casio Secret Sender 6000 (JD-6000) and the Casio My Super Magic Diary JD-6500, including similar button placements, shells, and modes. While not designated with a JD model number, it is likely that the IR 7000 is the successor to the JD-6500. While the IR 7000 has a battle mode, the JD-6000 has a universal television remote and the JD-6500 has a virtual pet. The IR 7000 does not feature Casio branding, however the default name for the owner of the device is “Casio”.

-Sega Retro