PASOKON: old Japanese computers (MSX, PC-98, X68000)


#1

I’ve been playing some PC-98, MSX and X68K games through my SNES Mini (what a time to be alive!) and was wondering if anybody else is into old Japanese PC games?

For example there’s this recently translated Castlevania clone by the name of Rusty.


#2

Crazy. And it has native widescreen support? :flushed:


#3

Rusty’s good stuff. Rude Breaker, Kotsujin, Highly Responsive to Prayers, Star Wars: Attack on the Death Star, and Burning Dragon are quality shooters. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Man, I hope Star Cruiser II gets translated eventually. And I have waiting on some version of Dead of the Brain to get translated ever since I saw it in magazines.


#4

I need to play Star Wars, MNM/Mindware are one of my favourite developers.


#5

Well the PC:98 was 4:3 aspect so the image is centered on the 16:9 HDMI 720p.

I choose either x2 and lose 40px top and bottom or x1 and live with larger borders by zooming my projector image.


#6

Been wanting to play Dead of the Brain forever.

I’ve heard Night Slave is a pretty good game in the vein of Valken and Leynos. Big ol NSFW warning on that one though.


#7

Ah, good old Rusty. I remember playing that for the first time about 20 years ago. It’s pretty good for a PC98 title. There’s a lot of great games for the Japanese home computers but unfortunately you’ll have to dig through a mountain of softcore porn titles to find them.


#8

I’m trying to get some PC-98 and other Japanese PC emulation going on a RPi3, it’s been a bumpy ride so far. Threads like this keep the dream alive though.

“unfortunately” :sunglasses:


#9

The search for software is compounded by lots of old, outdated collections and a thin veil of secrecy around the scene.

So I was overjoyed find up-to-date and comprehensive collections by DELETED BY MOD

That is literally everything you’ll ever need or have to look for.


#10

Wow, that’s much more complete than anything else I’ve seen, maybe this will finally get me into the PC-98 (and Towns and X1)!


#11

But as you say it’s definitely making the platform more accessible by taking all the hard work out of it, both searching for things and also knowing enough about DOS & PC-98 to get it all working. Hats off to everybody involved!


#12

Guys, I know these are pretty obscure, but please do not post direct links to game images, thanks.


#13

BTails’s post where he instructed you not to put a “direct” link to pirated software is not intended to be a wink wink type thing where you can edit the post to put a further away link with innocent looking directions to the same destination.

We don’t have a ton of rules here. And what we are asking should be a very simple thing to follow. Don’t post directions or links on how to pirate software. It’s a simple, broad, bright line rule. We don’t want to ban anyone (seriously, we haven’t banned a single person) and we think everyone should be able to follow this.


#14

I appreciate and respect the anti-piracy stance. I agree with it.

That said, whilst the line is clearly defined I don’t think it is being as clearly upheld. So I’ve started a topic as I think the issue would benefit from open and frank discussion.


#15

The Japanese PC scene is horribly underrepresented in retro gaming communities, and it makes me sad since a lot of my own nostalgia is wrapped up in PC88/98 and MSX games. If I had more time, I’d probably just spend it working on translating Glodia’s entire game library, because I feel that it’s a crime that English players haven’t been able to enjoy those games.


#16

Oh hey Aeana, glad to see you here. Welcome aboard! I wish I had more to offer on old school Japanese pc games. I’m as much a novice to that subject as your typical American gamer.

MSX in particular looks like it has some gems on it.


#17

I would say it’s because despite the amount of weeaboos in the retro gaming community the amount of people that actually learn moon is pretty low. Just a lot of people like me who claim they want to, and look at stuff like the pc88’s library with a desire, but don’t put in the effort. :c


#18

Can confirm, am lazy weeb who wishes more of the PC-98, X68k, MSX, etc. libraries were translated.


#19

If you’re not completely immersed in another language, it’s extremely difficult for most people to learn one, especially as an adult. I did take Japanese in school in the '90s (so I at least know the katakana for game titles) but I switched to Hindi (my wife speaks it) later on. But school’s not enough to make me even close to fluent in either.

I appreciate all the effort the translation hacking scene does. Most of it has been console-focused but it was still really cool to experience stuff like MSX2 Snatcher in English.


#20

Yeah, sadly, there has been a bit of a push for PC98 games lately, but it seems to mostly come from the people interested in all of the adult games. Though there have been a couple of actually really good developments, like the translation of the EVO RPG (the game that came before the SNES EVO), and the Brandish 2 Renewal translation. I recommend checking both of those out.

As far as MSX goes, I always expect to see more of it just because it was pretty popular in eastern Europe and South America.