Pioneer LaserActive CLD-A100

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The screenshots are JPGs 320 by 240, the videos are in Windows Media Format, please download the latest Windows Media Player here. Some videos are also available in MPEG-1 format (about same file size, quality is not as good).

Numbers are of the format PEApcnnnn where p stands for the control pack:

and where c stands for the country:

nnnn is the number of the game, not sure why they had the jump from 1000 to 5000, notice how all 1000-releases are by Pioneer. 

 

US Software

Number Title Publisher Year Type List
Price
Description Front Back Spine Screen
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Video
PEANU1001 Vajra

1-sided disc

Pioneer   LD-ROM2 $120            
PEANU5001 Quiz Econosaurus

1-sided disc

Hudson Soft 1993 LD-ROM2 $120 Edutainment title, dealing with the topic of environmental destruction. Basically an interactive bored... eh board game, up to 4 players have to answer questions, gain points and move their Dinosaurs from start to finish. Disappointing title, makes no use of LaserActive features.       pic1
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PEANU5004 J.B.Harold Manhattan Requiem

2-sided disc

Riverhill Soft 1993 LD-ROM2 $120 Interactive Mystery/Detective game. The first of the two J.B. Harold titles.
Good game but becomes very repetitive towards the end. Nice intro but no video footage besides that.
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PEASU1001 I Will - The Story Of London

2-sided disc

Pioneer 1993 Mega-LD $120            
PEASU1002 Hi-Roller Battle

1-sided disc

Pioneer 1993 Mega-LD $120 Helicopter first person shooter, graphics are very nice and of military-simulator grade. Game gets pretty tough in the upper levels.       pic1
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PEASU1003 Space Berserker

1-sided disc

Pioneer 1993 Mega-LD $120 Space Shooter, foreground graphics are generated by the control pack, background graphics come from the disc. Somewhat similar to Wing Commander.
Background graphics are very nice and mix well with the foreground!
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PEASU1010 Goku

2-sided disc

3-D goggle compatible

Pioneer 1995 Mega-LD $170 Edutainment title featuring the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Very nice graphics, lots of interactivity. Compatible with the 3D Goggles. la_goku.jpg (132700 bytes)
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PEASU1011 Melon Brains

2-sided disc

3-D goggle compatible

Pioneer 1994 Mega-LD $170 Edutainment title featuring the world of the Dolphin. Very nice graphics, many segments of excellent Dolphin footage, lots of interactivity. Compatible with the 3D Goggles.          
PEASU1012 3D Museum

2-sided disc

3-D goggle compatible

Pioneer no date Mega-LD $??? This is kind of a 3D tech-demo from the folks at Multimedia Creators Network who also did Melon Brains and Goku. Very nice graphics, lots of interactivity. Compatible with the 3D Goggles, red/green glasses and parallax glasses. la_museum.jpg (140367 bytes)        
PEASU1018 Ghost Rush!

1-sided disc

Pioneer 1994 Mega-LD $120 Interactive first person shooter / maze game. Has some RPG elements but overall somewhat boring. ghost.jpg (113140 bytes)     pic1
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PEASU1033 Road Prosecutor

1-sided disc

Pioneer 1994 Mega-LD $120 Anime Driving game, kind of a Road Warrior meets Anime.
Quite complex, not only do you have to steer towards directions on the screen but you also have (directional) turbo and (directional) brake. The first few levels are fairly easy but then it gets very challenging.
Driving sequences are also mirrored (similar to Dragon's Lair).
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PEASU5001 Pyramid Patrol

1-sided disc

Taito 1993 Mega-LD $120 Space Shooter, foreground graphics are generated by the control pack, background graphics come from the disc. Difficulty level is very high. la_pypat.jpg (102011 bytes)
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PEASU5002 The Great Pyramid

1-sided disc

Pioneer 1993 Mega-LD $120            
PEASU5013 Rocket Coaster

1-sided disc

Taito 1993 Mega-LD $120 3D Driving game, foreground graphics are generated by the control pack, background graphics come from the disc.          
PEASU5014 Triad Stone

1-sided disc

SEGA 1994 Mega-LD $120 Anime Adventure game - similar to Dragon's Lair.
The first three levels are of medium difficulty but then the game gets extremely challenging. Game commands are directions, strength button and (directional) sword swinging. Together with Blue Chicago Blues the best game for the LaserActive system!
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PEASU5019 Hyperion

1-sided disc

Taito 1994 Mega-LD $120 Space Shooter, foreground graphics are generated by the control pack, background graphics come from the disc.
Background graphics are even better than Space Berserker and mix well with the foreground!
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PEASU5022 Don Quixote

1-sided disc

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PEASU5036 J.B.Harold Blue Chicago Blues

2-sided disc

Riverhill Soft 1995 Mega-LD $170 Interactive Mystery/Detective game, the 2nd part of the J.B. Harold series.
Lots of interactive video, a significant step up from the first part. This game has multiple endings. Together with Triad Stone the best game for the LaserActive system!
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US Hardware

Number Hardware Manufacturer Year List
Price
Front Back Box Manual Screen
Shots
ADP-1 3D Goggle Adaptor Pioneer ????   medium
large
  front medium
front large
back medium
back large
   
CLD-A100 LaserActive Compatible Laserdisc Player Pioneer 1993 $699 w/ sticker:
medium
large

w/o sticker:
medium
large

       
CPD-N1 NEC Turbo Grafx Controller Pioneer 1993   medium
large
       
CPD-S1 SEGA Genesis Controller Pioneer 1993   medium
large
       
CU-CLD085 Remote Control Pioneer ????   medium
large
       
ETC-N1 (NEC Turbo Grafx Controller) Extension Cord (?.?m) Pioneer 1993 $          
ETC-S1 (SEGA Genesis Controller) Extension Cord (1.5m) Pioneer 1993   medium
large
  front medium
front large
back medium
back large
   
GOL-1 3D Goggles
 
Pioneer ????   medium
large
medium
large
side medium
side large
front medium
open medium
medium  
JA-RF3L RF Modulator
Allows you go hook up the CLD-A100 to a TV with RF in.
Pioneer ????            
PAC-N10 NEC Turbo Grafx Control Pack Pioneer 1993 $399? medium
large
medium
large
     
PAC-S10 SEGA Genesis Control Pack Pioneer 1993 $399?          
PAC-K1 Karaoke Pack Pioneer 1993 $299          

 

 

Japan Software

Number Title Publisher
Distributor
Year Type Description Front Back Spine Screen
Shots
Attract
Video
PEANJ5023

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Y10,094

Zapping TV Sansui Beta Film /
Pioneer

Pioneer

2-sided

1994 LD-ROM2 Zapping TV Satsui is an interactive movie titled 'Murderous Decisions' on a two-sided disk. The viewer has the option to watch the movie from the male or the female lead's point of view: Christine or Stefan.

The movie is straight from the German Public TV experiment 'Mörderische Entscheidung - Umschalten erwünscht' from 1991. Back then the two channels ARD and ZDF broadcasted one version each and encouraged TV-viewers to switch channels and 'cut' their own version. The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel heralded this experiment as a the 'realization of the dream of audience emancipation' and as 'a creative push for TV' (50/1992 pg. 264) but in reality the ambitious project flopped. Audiences were confused and lost track of the story and the various characters. 2-channel TV-Drama , 2 x 90 (other sources say 2 x 97) min, Gemini Films coproduction with WDR-ZDF-ORF-TVE-Allianz Film and Praxino-Pictures

Mediateca writes: "Oliver Hirschbiegel's TV thriller 'Mörderische Entscheidung' ('Murderous Decision') was an attempt to transform the destructive principle of zapping into a constructive method of interaction. Its two plot strands were transmitted concurrently on ARD and ZDF, the first and second German channels, in 1991."

The front cover has this excerpt in German:
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ür eine neue, in Europa enstandene Nutzungsform des Fernsehens. Dabei werden von einer Sendung zwei verschiedene Versionen produziert und dann zeitgleich über zwei Sender auf zwei getrennten Kanälen abgestrahlt. Die Zuschauer können nun nach Belieben zwischen diesen beiden Kanälen umschalten und sich auf diese Weise ihre eigene Version der Story zusammenstellen. Der Ausdruck "Zapping" ist von dem englischen Verb "to zap" abgeleitet, womit ursprünglich das Durchgehen der verschiedenen TV-Kanäle der Reihe nach mittels Fernbedienung gemeint ist.
(brief) Translation:
"Zapping" is the name of a new use of television developed in Europe. A broadcast is created in two versions and is simultaneously broadcasted via two networks on two separate channels. The viewers are then able to switch freely between these two channels and create their own version of the story. The term "Zapping' is derived from the English verb "to zap" which originally described channel surfing.




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PEANJ5025 Pretty Illusion 1 Planet/Wani Books 1994 LD-ROM2

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MEGA-LD

Features Minayo Watanabe, a popular Japanese singer and later adult model. Minayo was member #29 of the famous Onyanko (Kitten) Club, featured in the TV show Yuyake Nyan Nyan (Sunset Glow Meow Meow), part of the JPop idol scene.
After a successful solo career she went into the adult market before she retired. Info from Ecyclopedia Idolica - the premier JPop Idol website.
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PEANJ5028 Pretty Illusion 2 Planet/Wani Books 1994 LD-ROM2

also

MEGA-LD

Features Yuko Sakaki, a popular Japanese model, born 1974.

Also available on VCD (Video CD) but the quality is much worse!

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PEASJ5001 Pyramid Patrol ?    MEGA-LD    jp_pp_front.jpg (21535 bytes) jp_pp_back.jpg (31970 bytes)      
PEASJ5015 Virtual Cameraman Planet/?    MEGA-LD           
  Virtual Cameraman 2 Planet/?    MEGA-LD           
  Dora Dora Paradise Planet/?    LD-ROM2   jp_dora_back.jpg (36622 bytes)      
  Time Gal ?    MEGA-LD    timegal_megaldusa.jpg (38193 bytes)        
  Angel Mate Planet / ?
 
   LD-ROM2           
PEANJ5003
Y9,800
Y10,094
The Demon's Judgement Planet

Pioneer

1-sided

1993 LD-ROM2 Quiz game based on a popular(???) Japanese game show. Anybody got more details?

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  Triad Stone     MEGA-LD   jp_ts_back.jpg (40630 bytes)      
  Quiz Econosaurus     LD-ROM2          
  The Great Pyramid     MEGA-LD          
  Manhattan Requiem     LD-ROM2            
  Vajra     LD-ROM2            
PEANJ1016
Y9,800
Y10,094
Vajra 2 Pioneer /
Datawest

Pioneer

2-sided

3-D goggle compatible

1994 LD-ROM2  


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  Hyperion     MEGA-LD   jp_hyperion_front.jpg (32791 bytes) jp_hyperion_back.jpg (38043 bytes)      
  Rocket Coaster     MEGA-LD            
  Hi-Roller Battle     MEGA-LD   jp_hi_front.jpg (42888 bytes) jp_hi_back.jpg (35353 bytes)      
  I Will - The Story of London     MEGA-LD            
  Melon Brains     LD-ROM2            
  Dr. ???     MEGA-LD            
  Back To The Edo     MEGA-LD   backtotheedo.jpg (52782 bytes)        
  3D Museum     MEGA-LD   jp_3dmuseum_front.jpg (125208 bytes)        
PEANJ5023 Zapping TV Sansui Planet/?    LD-ROM2   jp_zap_ld2_front.jpg (44140 bytes)        
  Goku ?   MEGA-LD            
  Legacy ?     was this released? Proto?          
  Myst ?     was this released? Proto?          
  NHK Conversational Chinese ?     was this released? Proto?

educational software

         
  UFO and ET ?     was this released? Proto?          
  3-D Virtual Australia ?

3-D goggle compatible

    was this released?          
  Steel Driver ?     was this released?          
  Pretty Illusion 3 ?     was this released? Proto?          
  Goku ?   LD-ROM2 was this released?          

The scans of the adult titles and other Japanese games were swiped from Ebay and Yahoo (some for the LaserActive club), some French dude (Adol), a guy from Indonesia and various Japanese had these for sale, TimeGal is from some website (I forgot),,,

Japan Hardware

Number Hardware Manufacturer Year List
Price
Front Back Box Manual Screen
Shots
PAC-N1 NEC PC Engine Control Pack Pioneer 1993            
PAC-S1 SEGA Mega Drive Control Pack Pioneer 1993            
PAC-K1 Karaoke Pack Pioneer 1993            
PAC-PC1 Computer Interface Pack Pioneer ????   medium   medium medium  
PCE-LP1 NEC PC Engine Control Pack NEC           medium  
PCE-LD1 LaserActive Compatible Laserdisc Player NEC           medium  

At the heart of the LaserActive system is the Pioneer CLD-A100 LaserActive compatible laserdisc player (or the extremely rare and basically identical NEC PCE-LD1). The CLD-A100 is a very solid player, has two trays (one for CDs and one for laserdiscs) combined into one and has a LaserActive module slot in the lower left front. This slot takes one of three available packs:

The LaserActive system was so revolutionary Pioneer become a finalist of the 1993 Discover Awards for:

Development of LaserActive, a system that combines laser disc technology with interactive game capabilities.
Sight - Finalist - 1993

The system originally retailed for $699, the individual control packs for $399 (I think the Karaoke pack may have been $299) and the games for as high as $170!!! These are list prices but I do have games with original price stickers of $159.95 from Incredible Universe - pure insanity! Consequently the whole thing was a flop and while the CLD-A100 is a solid Laserdisc Player it never caught on as a replacement for the SEGA Genesis, MegaDrive and SEGA CD and the NEC Turbografx and TurboDuo.

The system is highly collectible and makes for an awesome centerpiece of your classic/obsolete videogame collection! These days the CLD-A100 systems typically go for around $200 on Ebay, more or less depending on condition, the remote control, original box etc., often the SEGA pack is included! The SEGA pack goes for $80 - $150, again depending on condition, box, manual and the SEGA LaserActive controller. I've only seen the NEC pack once on Ebay and it went for over $300 - yikes! Complete systems with both packs are typically less than the individual components.

The goggles GOL-1 require the goggle adapter ADP-1 and I've seen them from $400 all the way to $700 (new, mint in box). I've heard that you can use the regular SEGA LCD glasses if you have the ADP-1 adapter but I cannot confirm this.

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Most discs used to be cheap during the LVD.COM days but these guys closed 01/31/2001 - bummer! Now discs go from a few Dollars all the way up to over $150 (I sold two Blue Chicago Blues discs at $170).

Pioneer's original press release regarding the LaserActive can be found here.

Scans of the English manual are here.

Wani books has a website, it's here.

Kudos go to Vince, he is the dude that let me borrow some of his Japanese discs so I could scan them in etc. - THANKS!!! Vince also created the LaserActive club at Yahoo - check it out!

Also check out this guy: http://www2.yk.speed.co.jp/takuzo/ld/??.html (in Japanese)