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The Philips Electronics and Pharmaceutical Industries Corporation
was changed to Pepi Inc. in 1969. Shortly thereafter the company merged with North American Philips. North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corporation
, a North American Philips Company and makers of the Odyssey 2 game system, was best known for manufacturing and distributing Magnavox
, Philco, Sylvania audio/video and Odyssey videogame products. In mid-1983, they made a stab at the 2600 market under the moniker Probe 2000. Unfortunately for them, a claimed chip-shortage ended all hopes of them leaving a mark as a game producer for Atari's machine.
Their first title, announced and introduced at the 1983 Summer CES, was Pursuit of the Pink Panther, a game based on the famous animated character. Power Lords, which was patterned after the action figure toy marketed by Revell toys and licensed by Strogin-Mayem International, was also announced and displayed at the show. Both games were scheduled for release in September, but the Summer CES was the last time these two games were ever spotted in the open. Chip shortages were blamed for the non-release.
Were chip shortages really the reason for the games being cancelled? Nobody knows for sure, but keep in mind that N.A.P. was just about the only company to use the reason as an excuse. What we DO know, however, is that both games were in completely playable form when demonstrated at the CES, and have been reported to be decent games.MD-Maryland Modern Technologies Childrens Games Instruments and Controls Under $10 Allegorical Featured Industrial Scene Globe Featured Lightning Bolts