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Japanese Vintage Computer Collection


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Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later; if a Japanese company made an 8-bit computer, I'm more than likely going to want to try it out. This time, I came across the Mitsubishi Multi8. It was far from a success, after the release of this, Mitsubishi chased the MSX market instead of continuing with their own unique 8-bit offerings. There was also a namesake successor, the Multi16, I don't know much about that one but it apparently wasn't compatible with the Multi8. continued ⇒
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I recently saw a commercially released JR-100 game for the first time ever. I don't think the system was a smashing success by any means, but whereas I'd seen... who knows, 30 or 40 titles for the JR-200, which also wasn't resoundingly successful, the total of JR-100 games I've seen is now at a whopping 1. continued ⇒
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I’d been watching with mild annoyance as this guy dropped his price 100 yen per day for a couple of months to keep his items at the top of the search list in Mercari (or whatever reason he had). It was kind of annoying because the machine itself is pretty banged up, and with a starting price of 20000 yen, it seemed like it would take forever to finally sell so I wouldn’t have to look at the listing anymore. continued ⇒
I've been really fascinated with the MZ-1500 recently. Among the reasons is the QuickDisk drive. The QuickDisk medium was not very widely used in the home computer market, but I think it stakes an interesting and meaningful ground between tape and floppy disk. Like a tape, the medium is sequential in reading and writing, but the speed is more comparable to a floppy disk. The QuickDisk drive makes an ear-pleasing symphony of read/write sounds as it does its job. If you have a Famicom Disk System, you've surely already heard these sounds, as the FDS main unit is just a slightly modified QuickDisk drive, and their disks just slightly modified QuickDisks. continued ⇒
A legend in the history of Japanese computing. This machine is built like a tank with its metal exterior giving it quite a bit of weight. It doesn’t try to be fancy but its simple and clean aesthetic is charming. continued ⇒
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