How to play PC-88 and PC-98 games

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How to play PC-88 and PC-98 games

PC-88 and PC-98 is kind of confidential outside Japan, but the emulation scene is quite active.

PC-88 and PC-98 emulators + download

The best emulators are M88 for PC-88 (Windows only) and Neko Project II for PC-98 (Windows / Mac, ported as Xnp2 on Linux). Several other emulators are available for the PC-88, check this page (jp) or this page (en).

You may encounter several problems to get these programs running properly on your computer. Thanks a to generous contributor, we host working archives of M88 and Neko Project II :

Some instructions are provided in text files, next to the emulator files.

PC-88 and 98 game archives

After downloading a game from our pages, you may find a lot different archives nested in the primary archive. Below is an example for the game Dinosaur:

Dinosaur game archive

Many PC-88 came on several floppy disks, thus most of the games published in the 90s have several nested archives. You will also find a lot of disks have the [a] tag, meaning it's an alternate dump of the disk. You may come across other tags in brackets, these are based on the TOSEC Naming Convention:

  • cr: cracked
  • f: fixed
  • h: hacked
  • m: modified
  • p: pirated
  • t: trained
  • tr: translated
  • o: over dump
  • u: under dump
  • v: virus
  • b: bad dump
  • a: alternate
  • [!]: verified dump

Another example for a PC-98 game, EDGE, which came with 7 disks:

Dinosaur game archive

Running PC-88 games in M88

Most floppy disks are bootable, you need to set the first disk image in drive 1 and reset the emulator. Check the video below to do it.

Some usual issues as stated in the english instructions:

  • Controls: For games, movement is almost always numpad 4,6,2,8 or the cursor keys. The buttons are usually some combination of Enter, Spacebar, Shift, Esc, Tab, and ZXCV.
  • Error / Beep / Glitches / blue-green screen: V2 mode games will not run in V1 mode and return an error (or just beep at you). V1 games will usually run in V2 mode, but with subtle glitches. A common symptom of a V1 game running incorrectly in V2 mode is a washed-out bluish-green screen. If you see screens like this, you need to switch to V1 mode (Control menu).
  • CPU speed: The choice between 4Mhz and 8MHz is mostly just a matter of convenience, but keep in mind that some older games run too fast at 8MHz.
  • Settings: open "M88 Settings in English.html" to see a translated version of the settings.

BASIC commands

If a game requires disk BASIC, you need to boot from an N88 BASIC system disk first, swap disks, and then run the desired program. The usual BASIC commands apply:

FILES
LOAD"Filename"
RUN"Filename"
        

For most cassette games, simply type:

LOAD"CAS:
RUN
        

More complicated load instructions are indicated at the end of the file names in this set. For example, to run the file "Fire House (Honoo no Yakata) {V1 mode, MON R Ctrl-B LOAD CAS}.t88", do the following (Boot up in V1 mode):

MON
R
LOAD"CAS:"
RUN
        

Running PC-98 games in Neko Project II

PC-98 games come in bootable floppy format, in which case you just have to set the first floppy disk image in FDD1 and reset the hardware. As shown in the following video, you may have to display all file types in the file selection window.

Some games need to be installed to work, you will have to configure a hard drive. You may also come across pre-installed games, these files need to be set as a harddisk.

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