Multi System was a 32-bit
console system developed in the late Eighties by peripheral manufacturer Konix. It was based around an Intel 8086
processor, and stored games on 3.5" floppy disk
. The console itself housed a steering wheel
controller which could be reconfigured as a flight yoke
or a set of bike
handlebars. There were also some kind of throttle
pedals. This base unit could also be mounted on a large pneumatic
chair (complete with an integral stand for a TV or monitor, and a seatbelt).
A lightgun (which was similar to the Sega Menacer gun, and had recoil) and a helicopter-style joystick were also planned. For more conventional games, a Konix Speedking joystick (and presumably any Amiga/ST stick) could be plugged in.
The machine was never released due to financial difficulties (and the fact that it was clearly commercially unviable - presumably Konix were thinking along the lines of a 'prestige' system like the Neo Geo). The multi-purpose steering control was later salvaged by another company and sold as a controller for other platforms. No-one, to my knowledge, ever brought a successful pneumatic chair to the home market, which is a shame.
Games developed (or planned) for the ill-fated system included an un-named Hang On clone by Argonaut, Mutant Camels '89 by Jeff Minter/Llamasoft, Mr. Do's Wild Ride, Hammer Fist, Last Ninja II and Star Ray.