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TV Game Console is a series of Wii clones that were developed and manufactured by multiple companies and distributed by Lexibook, a company located in France that primarily focuses on electronic toys for children, starting some time in the early 2010s. The selling point of these consoles are that they had a considerable amount of games preloaded and required little setup to use. A common trait that these consoles share is that they were, with few exceptions, exclusively released in parts of Europe, and the model numbers of these systems were in the format of JG74xx.

Overview[]

The Lexibook TV Game Consoles typically consist of a console unit vaguely resembling a Wii in shape or otherwise using a vertical form factor, and two controllers that resembles the Wiimotes packaged with the Nintendo Wii. Almost all of the consoles released in this series only output composite video, with the exception of the Lexibook JG7430, which outputs video in HDMI.

The consoles released in the JG741x series were manufactured and developed by JungleTac, and while the packaging for all consoles released in this series claim that they're capable of 32-bit graphics, the consoles themselves were based on 16-bit Sunplus SPG hardware. They came with sports games that made use of a "motion" detection feature in the Wii-like controllers (this was essentially mapped to a button input) as well as mini games that used traditional control schemes by requiring the player to hold the controllers horizontally. The controllers bundled with these systems have a hole at the top to allow attachments to be inserted, and also have a switch that toggles a vibration feature on or off.

The consoles released in the JG742x and JG743x series use hardware manufactured by Subor and come with localized English versions of games and software developed by Fuzhou Waixing Computer Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (now doing business under the name Waixing Education Technology). The JG742x consoles were first released in late 2015 in European territories, and the JG743x consoles were released some time after. Like the JG741x consoles, these systems also came with a combination of motion-based "sports" games and traditional games. Unlike the previous consoles, though, the JG742x and JG743x are 32-bit and most of the games included are native 32-bit games, which mainly make use of pre-rendered 3D graphics, with the JG742x consoles also including native 32-bit games that are entirely composed of sprite graphics. Both the JG742x and JG743x have the ability to emulate ROM images of NES and Famicom games. The JG742x consoles in particular though come included with various VT03 plug and play titles in the ".wxn" format, which is an encrypted, proprietary version of the iNES format likely developed by Waixing. It is worth noting that the hardware and variations of the software used in the JG742x series were also used in a series of advanced Wii clones carrying the name "iSports Pro" a few years before Lexibook started selling them in 2015.

Known Releases[]

  • JG7410 - 100 games in 1. Manufactured and developed by JungleTac. Uses 16-bit Sunplus SPG hardware.
  • JG7415 - 120 games in 1. Manufactured and developed by JungleTac. Uses 16-bit Sunplus SPG hardware.
  • JG7420 - 200 games in 1. Manufactured by Subor and software developed by Waixing. Uses the 32-bit Sunplus SPG293 SoC and loads system and game files from a microSD card.
    • A few variants of this specific model were released, all of them being very uncommon to find:
      • A Marvel Avengers themed JG7420 unit released in unknown territories with its model number not being known at the moment. The SD card image and ROM for this console have been dumped in MAME. Appears to come with unique games.
      • A Frozen themed JG7420 unit released in unknown territories, carrying the model number JG7420FZ. The SD card image and ROM for this console have been dumped in MAME.
      • An NTSC version of the JG7420, which saw a limited release in the United States by Lexibook themselves. Signs of it being sold go as far back as early 2016 on the official Lexibook USA website.[1] It has been reported that this specific version was also sold at Kmart and Toys R Us at some point. While the packaging for the NTSC version credits Lexibook, both the console shown on the packaging and the actual console's shell have branding for a company named Yeno Games (Yeno was an electronics company founded in the 1980s that Lexibook bought out), with the controllers having black tips to blend in with the logo's color. Despite this, the console still shows the Lexibook branding when turning it on. Whether it is equivalent to the stock European version in regards to games is unknown. This version currently does not have anything from it dumped as of writing.
  • JG7425 - 221 games in 1. Manufactured by Subor and software developed by Waixing. Uses the 32-bit Sunplus SPG293 SoC and loads system and game files from a microSD card. The SD card image and ROM for this console have been dumped in MAME.
  • JG7430 - 200 games in 1. Manufactured by Subor and software developed by Waixing.

Trivia[]

  • The Lexibook TV Game Consoles garnered a bit of notoriety when internet personality Vinesauce livestreamed himself showcasing some of the games and software from the Lexibook JG7425 console on Twitch on April 18, 2016, and uploaded a recording of the livestream to his Full Streams YouTube channel on the same day.
    • Despite the video's title and thumbnail suggesting that the console in question was the JG7420, the video immediately begins with a picture of the unit Vinesauce was streaming from, confirming that he was indeed using the JG7425 (the JG7425 has a unique vertical form factor compared to most of the TV Game Consoles). There are also games that he played or were visibly listed in moments when he was in the Game Player menu that aren't available on the JG7420 (i.e., Mission 2068, Circus, and Treasure Peeker).

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