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The Sony MSX, Model HitBit-10-P, one of many MSX computeres
Manufacturer Spectravideo, Philips, Al Alamia, Sony, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Hitachi, National, Panasonic, Canon, Casio, Pioneer, Fujitsu General, Yamaha, JVC, Yashica-Kyocera, GoldStar, Samsung/Fenner, Daewoo/Yeno, Gradiente, Sharp/Epcom, Talent
Generation Third Generation
Retail availability 1983
Discontinued 1995
CPU Zilog Z80A

MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture, first announced by Microsoft on June 16, 1983, conceived by Kazuhiko Nishi, then Vice-president at Microsoft Japan and Director at ASCII Corporation. It is said that Microsoft led the project as an attempt to create unified standards among hardware makers. Despite Microsoft's involvement, the MSX-based machines were seldom seen in the United States, but were popular mostly in Japan, the Middle East, Brazil, the Soviet Union, the Netherlands, Spain, and to a lesser extent, several other European countries. It is difficult to estimate how many MSX computers were sold worldwide, but eventually 5 million MSX-based units were sold in Japan alone. Before the appearance and great success of Nintendo's Family Computer, MSX was the platform for which major Japanese game studios, such as Konami and Hudson Soft, produced video game titles. The Metal Gear series, for example, was originally written for MSX hardware.

MSX Global Problems


There are no known global problems with MSX titles on Dolphin.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (MSX)

Help complete the list!

  • Click the icon Note.svg.png to the right of the rating stars and put just a number 1 through 5 into the page. Use the compatibility guide below as a reference of what rating to use.
  • When updating a rating, please make sure it's in accordance with the list of problems in the title's page.
Compatibility Description
Stars5.png Perfect: No issues at all!
Stars4.png Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
Stars3.png Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
Stars2.png Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
Stars1.png Broken: Crashes when booting
Stars0.png Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia
Title Year Region Compatibility
Aleste 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Aleste
Contra 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Contra
Eggy 2008 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Eggy
Gofer no Yabou: Episode II 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Gofer no Yabou: Episode II
Gradius 2 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Gradius 2 (MSX)
Knightmare: Majou Densetsu 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Knightmare: Majou Densetsu
Metal Gear 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Metal Gear (MSX)
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Parodius: Tako wa Chikyū wo Sukū 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Parodius: Tako wa Chikyū wo Sukū
Quarth 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Quarth
Road Fighter 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Road Fighter
Salamander 2010 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Salamander (MSX)
Space Manbow 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Space Manbow
Yumetairiku Adventure 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Yumetairiku Adventure
Yie-Gah-kōtei no Gyakushū: Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 2009 JP 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Yie-Gah-kōtei no Gyakushū: Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2

See also