Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Touched for the very first time: NEC's PC-FX

If you want to know just how crazed I used to be about video games, all you need to know is that in the early 90s I desperately wanted a PC-FX.

NEC had already won me over with the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 and the SuperGrafx, and even though the company's 32-bit was quickly trumped by the Saturn, PlayStation and the N64, I wanted one anyway.

It never happened, of course. When it was first released in Japan it was far too expensive for me to pick up, and the only games that looked at all interesting were Battle Heat and the Tengai Makyou fighter, so I put it out of my mind.

Flash forward a few years, and I quickly became obsessed with the system again. I think it was when I first discovered emulation, and after finding emulators for practically every other system out there (including the Wonderswan, of all systems) I began looking for one that emulated the PC-FX.

Eventually I discovered that the folks who created the amazing Magic Engine emulator (for PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 and SuperGrafx) were in the lab (or wherever they go to make sch things) working on an emulator for the PC-FX. It finally came out around Christmas, but considering the last few months of my life have been insanely crazy it took me until last night to remember it and download it for my playing pleasure.

And what a pleasure it is! Really, some of these games are too cool. Many don't stack up all that well to some of what's produced today (or those that were produced back in the early 90s, for that matter), but a few--Chip Chan Kick as well as the aforementioned Battle Heat and Tengai Makyou fighter--are worth at least a few minutes of your time.

The only one I've put a lot of time into as of yet is Chip Chan Kick, a Bubble Bobble clone that oh-so-cute and quite addictive. I'll be posting a review of it soon, along with a slew of other games for this system and others (such as the Saturn, the Genesis/Mega Drive and the Super Famicom/SNES).

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