fMSX brings the Japanese computer standard back to life on HTC EVO

FMSXOne of the original home computer standards in the early 1980s, MSX systems brought PC gaming to life with companies such as Konami and Hudson developing many famous franchises for the systems. Now you can relive those experiences on your HTC EVO with fMSX by Garage Research.

Originally the MSX systems debuted in 1983 with companies such as GoldStar, Philips, Spectravideo who built and promoted the MSX computers. Only Spectravideo and Yamaha briefly marketed the MSX machines in the US, which ended in no commercial success for the systems stateside. In Japan the machines flourished with major game studios supporting and developing for them. Some of the titans of the gaming industry made their debuts on the MSX systems, such as Hideo Kojima, whose Metal Gear and Snatcher titles on the MSX2 are still considered some of the greatest games ever made. Another great that made a splash on the MSX2 was Konami’s Vampire Killer.

fMSX is a free emulator that supports software from the MSX, MSX2, and MSX2+ systems. It is important to note that not only will you need software but you will also need to procure the MSX system rom files as well before you can play games on this emulator. fMSX does require Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or a newer version of Android to be on your HTC EVO so please make sure that your phone complies with this requirement. While Garage Research’s Android Market listing for fMSX claims there is an alternative version that supports Froyo Android, I could not find it.

Now remember this is a grey area to many in terms of proper use and legality so please respect everyone’s fun and do not discuss or share links to rom images or sites in the comments.

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Bruce Eaton

Bruce Eaton is a former contributing editor at Good and EVO, which was merged into Pocketables in 2012.

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