Stuff Vinnk Sent Me: MSX 2
Doing a show about retro import gaming, one tends to collect a lot of stuff. Most of it I got in Japan while I was there and gently stuffed it into a suitcase or two to bring back home. Some of it I ordered from websites and got through the mail. Occasionally I’ll ask Vinnk to send me something because he’s oh-so-handy. Usually these items are for personal use and/or something I want for Famicom Dojo, but every now and again I get something really cool or unexpected. When Vinnk came back to the US over the summer, I got one such item: a Panasonic A1 Mk. II, also known as an MSX 2. BOXED.
I decided I’d unbox it for you, and compare the only game I have for it – King’s Knight by SquareSoft – to its NES counterpart:
The MSX was incredibly popular in Japan when it came out, just one month before the Family Computer (the Japanese name for the NES). Lots of games, especially those from Konami, came out for MSX as well as for the Famicom. It sadly fell out of favor during the 16-bit era, but just look at it! It’s definitely a “console” from another time.
It was also based on a gaming spec developed by the ASCII Corporation of Japan and Microsoft.
Microsoft?! The one that entered the game industry with the XBox?!
Yeah, that’s the one. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me about Microsoft dabbling in the gaming market well before 2001 before too long.
The usual pace at which we release Famicom Dojo videos means we won’t get around to some of these really cool things for years. So every now and then I’ll let you know what neat stuff I’ve been getting from Japan with new “Stuff Vinnk Sent Me” videos. Deal?
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