Zemmix: Consolized MSX

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Zemmix: Consolized MSX

Postby Gaijin Punch » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:05 am

Stolen from this thread at Assembler.
Korean Blog Post which shows the extremely limited edition machine that can play all kinds of MSX-related games. Looks cool as shit to me. Good luck finding one. :(
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Re: Zemmis: Consolized MSX

Postby Greatsaintlouis » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:45 am

Out of an edition of 100, ouch. Wonder what the USB ports are for. And I wonder what the practical difference would be between running a game from the original cart, or off of an SD card.

Whatever happened to that MSX-on-a-chip that seemed to be getting a lot of hype about 5 or 6 years back? Did that ever take off, or did it just fizzle out when nobody wanted to pay the asinine $200 or whatever it was the company was asking? I remember seeing one on display of the old retro floor of the Trader across from the KFC in Akihabara, before the shop went to shit and they filled the upper floors with porn games.
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Re: Zemmis: Consolized MSX

Postby Greatsaintlouis » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:50 am

And 30 seconds of Google gets us everything you ever wanted to know about the Zemmix, straight from one of the makers!

http://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/hardw ... cnced-case
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Re: Zemmis: Consolized MSX

Postby SuperDeadite » Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:26 pm

One-Chip MSX was released, but due to the team kind of imploding, very limited quantities. Hence, it goes for something like 20,000yen usually. Which is kind of stupid, because you can get a real 2+ for less then half that, and a good condition Turbo-R will only run you about 25,000 or so.
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Re: Zemmix: Consolized MSX

Postby Pyongyang » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:39 pm

Only really took the time to discover the MSX library very recently, I wasn't ever that bothered with it before. Some of the games look fantastic!

What's the best system to go for? An MSX2+ or a Turbo R? Any recommended brands? Sony? Panasonic? etc.

Also regarding software prices, is it as sky high as FM Towns and X68000 titles? If so I think I'd probably prefer to just grab an emulator and some games. :(

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Re: Zemmix: Consolized MSX

Postby SuperDeadite » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:22 am

Depends on what you want to play. If you are going to get an MSX, Get a 2+ or Turbo-R. With a 2+ you can play almost everything. Turbo-R adds a few cool extra doujin games though such as Multi-Plex. I like Panasonic machines myself (the only maker of Turbo-Rs), but their 2+ machines WX and WSX (WSX adds S-Video), are quite sexy looking. Sony made some great 2+ machines too.

Just be sure you get a unit with a working floppy drive.

Game wise? Complete MSX games (especially cart games) is the NeoGeo AES of the Japanese Computer world, online prices have gotten quite stupid, a lot of cart games have been hacked into floppy disk images though that you can write easily.

FM Towns is not worth it for most people imo. I quite like it, but you really need to take a good look at what you get before going the Towns route. A lot of fun to be had, but rather impractical in many ways, and a lot of oddities to deal with.

Now X68000 on the other hand is a must have imo. The hardware is quite pricey, but once you get a good working setup, you are golden. It's actually the cheapest of the 3 to collect original games for (in Japan anyway). And if you get a Compact Flash setup, you can run 90% of the games straight off the flash, and the rest can be written to disk. There are only a few games left that require original floppies to play.
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