TechEruo Pal System (released in Europe as TechEruo Power Block) is a home video game console developed by TechEruo. In the United States, it was distributed by General Electric from 1986 to 1991 and later Nintendo from 1991 to 1995.
The Pal System was launched in 1986, in Eruowood with the price of $189.00. The console features 4-player controllers, 8-bit color graphics. It has similarities to the NES. It's final units from 1991-1995 were built by Nintendo since their New Orleans manufacturing plant was only for handheld and 16-bit consoles.
TechEruo officially stopped repair support in 1997.
The Pal System was released in Europe as the "Power Block" to avoid confusion with the PAL video format. Although Australia, some territories of El Kadsre and several Eruwoodian sets (Eruo derives from a misspelling of "Euro") are PAL-based.
The Pal System has many different peripherals that are either required or optional for some games. The peripherals were sold separately from the consoles.
- 3D Palvision Goggles - A pair of red/blue 3D goggles as an optional feature for "Palvision" games.
- Arcade Pal - An arcade style controller similar to the NES Advantage.
- Dance Dash Pad - A floor mat for physical activity games similar to the NES Power Pad.
- Disk Saver - A floppy disk drive used manly for saving games that support it. It can also be used to make patches to games with technical errors.
- Flash Blaster 2 - A light gun, doesn't work on flat screen TVs.
- Game Genie - A video game cheat cartridge that was marketed as a "video game enhancer". TechEruo signed it as an official product to have an edge over Nintendo.
- Kids Controller - A smaller version of the standard GE controller for kids ages 3-8 years.
- Light Pen - A stylus with an LED lighted tip for use with games that support it.
- Miracle Piano Teaching System - A piano controller.
- Muppet Learning Keys - A kids keyboard controller only compatible with two games.
- Turbo 360 - A controller with turbo buttons and a thumbstick similar to the NES Max.
- Satellite Controller - A wireless controller.
- Stereo Blaster - Speakers that can be attached to the console to play games in stereo sound. Doesn't work on most modern TVs, even modern CRTs. This was often considered really innovative at the time.
- Video Adapter - A VCR peripheral that can play pre-recorded VHS tapes, discontinued in 1991 due to the rise of the TechEruo System.
The Pal System has over 800+ games released in Eruowood. half that number in North America, and a third of that number in Japan.
It failed to catch on everywhere outside Eruowood, Japan from the Famicom, Europe from the microcomputers, the US from the NES and El Kadsre from Theorysonic Hyper-System. The system was overpriced in America due to problems with GE and the fact that TechEruo's chips cost a lot to make.
Many people especially Americans thought that the Pal System was an overpriced NES knockoff. This factor almost ruined the TechEruo-Nintendo relationship. TechEruo was really obscure in America until the early 90s with the rise of nerds and the TechEruo System, TechEruo became more popular.
- Following a voluntary recall on the Dragon's Lair game cartridges, vents were added to the console to prevent the console and cartridges from overheating.
- This console was originally going to be called Power Block in Australia, but used the original name due to copyright issues with PowerBlok, an Australian toy company that went defunct in 1997.
- The Pal System Slim is designed similar to the AV Famicom/Top Loader NES.
- Blockbuster Video refused to carry Pal System games due to disagreements, but due to the success of the TechEruo System, Century 16 games were fair game.
- The Pal System was the first home console with an AV composite hook up with stereo sound.
- The Pal System was test marketed in the US at select Toys "R" Us stores.
- This was the first home console with a start up screen.
- The GE model's start up music is an 8-bit rendition of GE's "We bring good things to life" jingle. The Nintendo model plays an 8-bit version of the Westminster Chimes.