According to What is Pippin?, an early marketing CD-ROM that was released in 1995, the software suite was being developed under the tentative working title Bandai Town. That name was instead used for the title of Bandai's Japanese website from 1996 to 1999.
Version 2.0 included e-mail, forum, online shopping, chat, online manuals/reference, and a pager function to contact other logged-in users, while minimizing memory requirements by replacing the 3D navigation with simpler text-based menus.
Version 1.0 was first released by Bandai Digital Entertainment on March 28, 1996 with the launch of the Pippin Atmark special "Network set" (「ネットワークセット」) in Japan. When a lower-priced base "Pippin Atmark body set" (「ピピン＠アットマーク」「本体セット」) was introduced on June 15, 1996, Atmark Town became available separately as part of an "optional Internet Kit" (「別売インターネットキット」).
Version 2.0 was announced on November 18, 1996 as a free update to existing users. Unlike Internet Kit, no memory upgrade was required to use the newest version. Atmark Town stopped accepting new users of version 1.0 on January 20, 1997, and features of version 2.0 went live on January 30th.
- ↑ Apple Pippin scans by DFJustin, The Internet Archive. 2013-08-10.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 アットマークタウン (Japanese), Third Stage. Archived 1999-09-15.
- ↑ Le CD-ROM «What is Pippin ?» et les prototypes de Pippin (French) by Pierre Dandumont, Le Journal du Lapin. 2019-01-27.
- ↑ Welcome to Bandai Town (Japanese), Bandai Co. Ltd. 1996-10-29.
- ↑ BDE: What's New - ネットワーク強化による アクセスポイント変更のお知らせ (Japanese), Bandai Digital Entertainment. Archived 1997-10-25.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Atmark Town 2.0 updated features (Japanese), Atmark Channel. Archived 1997-01-02.
- ↑ Spec. by chemy cano, Pipp!n@Archive (Japanese). Archived 2007-02-05.
- ↑ What's New? アットマークタウン会員の皆様へ (Japanese), Atmark Channel Home Page. Archived 1997-01-02.
- ↑ What's New? Internet Kitバージョンアップサービス (Japanese), Atmark Channel Home Page. Archived 1997-01-02.
- ↑ To Atmark Town Members (Japanese), Atmark Channel. Archived 1997-06-29.
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