Guide: How to play MSX/MSX2 games on the RG350

Guide: How to play MSX/MSX2 games on the RG350

I’m nearly done with my Hope Computers guide (an accomanpiment to the Home Console/Handhelds and Arcade guides I published last week), but in creating this guide, I’ve learned a lot about some of these systems, and I think it’s worth putting together separately from the guide. So today let’s talk about MSX and MSX2 systems, and how to get them running on your RG350 devices.

MSX computers have a very interesting story. They started in 1983 as a family of computers designed to establish a single standard in home computing. Microsoft (in partnership with ASCII) created the firmware for the system, and major companies like Sony, Yamaha, Panasonic, Toshiba, Daewoo, and Philips all created systems within the MSX (and later, MSX2 and MSX2+) standard. The MSX standard didn’t take off in the US, but it was important in Asia, South America, and Europe throughout the 1980s. Before the Famicom (NES) took off in Japan, many of game developers (like Konami) produced their games for the MSX/MSX2; most notably, the original version of Metal Gear, and the only version of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, were developed by Hideo Kojima for the MSX and MSX2.

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