In a reveal that most likely had someone playing Guns N Roses somewhere, Panasonic has introduced the world to a new handheld gaming device, currently dubbed The Jungle. A machine specifically designed for MMO play, the current launch lineup consists solely of Battlestar Galactica Online. Resembling a netbook more than a DS, the system features a full QWERTY keyboard and two thumb pads. No further details are known about the device, but more is expected from Panasonic (whose last foray into gaming was the ill-fated 3DO) in the coming months.
From the Official Jungle website:
All we can say for now is that this mean little machine features a kick ass display, touch pad, keyboard, and other gaming controls that we’ll be saying more about soon.
Stay very closely tuned unless you’re tone deaf. And then you should keep your eyes open.
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Well since I have only heard of BSG online being its only game so far, this will fail. Seriously Panasonic, you should have learned your lesson after what happened with the 3DO. A good 3rd party support is the only way your console is guaranteed to be a success. The Dreamcast didn’t have that much support in the beginning of the console’s life and by the time the 3rd party support was there, the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube were in full swing knocking the Dreamcast out of the market. However Panasonic’s Jungle has little chance with the PSP, DS (3DS in 5 months), and iPods/iPhones out there. No 3rd party support means a quick and painful death. Also I heard the price was upwards of $400, and that will detract a lot of people. Panasonic Fail.
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