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.

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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 Global Problems


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

Virtual Console Compatibility List (MSX)

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Compatibility Description
  Perfect: No issues at all!
  Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
  Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
  Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
  Broken: Crashes when booting
  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 5  
Contra 2010 JP 5  
Eggy 2008 JP 5  
Gofer no Yabou: Episode II 2010 JP 5  
Gradius 2 2009 JP 5  
Knightmare: Majou Densetsu 2009 JP 5  
Metal Gear 2009 JP 5  
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 2010 JP 5  
Parodius: Tako wa Chikyū wo Sukū 2010 JP 5  
Quarth 2010 JP 5  
Road Fighter 2009 JP 5  
Salamander 2010 JP 5  
Space Manbow 2009 JP 5  
Yumetairiku Adventure 2009 JP 5  
Yie-Gah-kōtei no Gyakushū: Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 2009 JP 5  

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