Franky Online is a CD-ROM-based web portal which was bundled with Pippin Atmark consoles in Japan.[1][2]


Users navigated in an RPG style to access online features such as e-mail, bulletin board, newsmagazine and shopping.[2]


Franky Online was developed by Future Pirates and first released on June 21, 1995 as a hybrid disc for Macintosh, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.[3]

The Pippin version was released by Bandai Digital Entertainment on March 28, 1996 with the launch of the 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, Franky Online became available separately as part of an "optional Internet Kit" (「別売インターネットキット」).[4]

Users observed that features appeared to be "under construction" unless the latest software release was being used.[5] The Franky Online webpage was taken down by April 2002.[6]



  1. Apple Pippin scans by DFJustin, The Internet Archive. 2013-08-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Franky Online for Pippin (Japanese), Third Stage. Archived 1999-09-15.
  3. Franky Online, Future Pirates. Archived 2000-12-10.
  4. Spec. by chemy cano, Pipp!n@Archive (Japanese). Archived 2007-02-05.
  5. General Trouble (Japanese), PIP-TIPS. Archived 1999-02-03.
  6. Franky Online, Future Pirates. Archived 2002-04-18.

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