A brief hardware post talking about arcade joysticks from Sanwa, Seimitsu and Hori.
Capcom’s CPS Changer
The nineties were a time of weird and wonderful experimentation in Japan. Not to be left out, Capcom released a weird device that looked a lot like a video game console.
PC Engine Modem – Unveiled!
According to one Japanese source the PCE Modem, or Tsushin Booster, was released as a prototype to 20-30 PC Engine groups or fans, for monitored testing. After this, up to 100 ‘final’ units were produced before NEC pulled the plug and ordered them destroyed. The 20-30 early units were not recalled, and some of the […]
XCM Component to VGA Review
It’s astounding as time goes on that popular products, such as the XRGB line, become harder and harder to find. Even older versions. People are wising up to the beautiful picture one can get with a fine upscaling device. The days of the universal composite to VGA converter are happily coming to an end as […]
Sega 7-disc Hotel Saturn
This one seems to have been lost, I don’t know why but no links were found to the page from … well, anywhere! So here’s an oldie but a goodie: The Sun-Seibu Hotel Saturn 7-game changer!!
The Samsung Saturn Revisited
You may remember an older writeup I did on the elusive, nearly mythical Samsung Saturn. I recently received a pair of additional units, and after having had a look at them there are definitely new things to learn. The two biggest things of interest are:1. Not all of them have the Japanese-language option disabled from […]
Blowing power supplies
I’ve been working on my JAMMA gear here at home, trying to make my arcade games run on my TV. After a couple of weeks fucking around with joysticks and RGB cables I finally got things working, more or less. I’ve got a weird problem with the TV, the image skips and rolls frequently, enough […]
Sharp X-1 Twin Disassembly
The Sharp X-1 Twin was a weird combination unit, featuring the X-1 computer (a Z80-based precursor to the X68000) and an integrated PC Engine. I use the term integrated loosely, the two systems shared the same shell, but little else. It’s more like an Amstrad MegaPC than a Sega/IBM TeraDrive. Sharp were no strangers to […]
The Samsung Saturn Revisited
You may remember an older writeup I did on the elusive, nearly mythical Samsung Saturn. I recently received a pair of additional units, and after having had a look at them there are definitely new things to learn. The two biggest things of interest are: 1. Not all of them have the Japanese-language option disabled […]
Two rare things for your enjoy.
Recently someone auctioned off a prototype PC Engine modem on Yahoo’s Japanese auction site. This is the second one I’ve seen, but the first with software. The PCE modem was never released, and according to this auction only one hundred units were made. Check out this image of the modem and a black PC Engine. […]