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1985 - 1991

TAKERU was a software distribution mechanism from Brother Industries in Japan. The TAKERU machine was a type of vending machine, where the user could select the software to purchase and upon paying it would dispense the media which the user would then have to put back into the device to write the software to Cartridge or Disk. It would also print a simple instruction manual sheet. The copy process could sometimes take 20 minutes, and all this while the system was not available for other customers. The TAKERU machine was introduced in 1985 with just 15 test machines, with a general roll-out in 1986. The TAKERU cartridge was re-usable, and therefore used an erasable EPROM, such that a new game could be written to the cartridge (loosing the old game in the process). TAKERU on MSX cartridge was no longer supported by the 3rd Gen (Yellow) TAKERU machines that where introduced in 1991. TAKERU machines were typically found in computer shops. They were introduced in 1985 and discontinued in February 1997. Three generation of TAKERU machines existed, but the 1st gen had a very limited deployment for testing purposes. The TAKERU machines had a ISDN modem connection to a central server to download games in case it was not already on the local HDD of the TAKERU machine. TAKERU machines also supported other platforms such as the PC-8801, PC-9801, X1, FM-77AV, and FM-Towns and later versions also supported the PC. There was also a special TAKERU Press magazine to promote the software available via TAKERU. And there was a TAKERU Club which you could become a member of which gave you discounts and a club magazine.

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