As regular readers of my “Guides” will no doubt have guessed by now, I’m rather fond of the PC Engine, it kick started the “Grey Import” market in the UK and I purchased one myself in 1988 after being “Astonished” witnessing R-Type I running on the little White Marvel. One memorable advertisement quoted Jeff Minter (Famous 80’s Game Programmer) who proclaimed “It’s not an expensive Console, it’s a cheap Arcade Machine! In 1986 Hudson Soft (Of Bomber Man fame) designed a Dual GPU chipset (One 16-bit HuC6260 Video Color Encoder (VCE), and one 16-bit HuC6270A Video Display Controller (VDC), the original concept being an additional Module for the Famicom (NES), which Nintendo rejected. Hudson then approached NEC (Who were eager to get into the Console Market) who in partnership produced a standalone Console using the Dual GPU, along with an 8-bit HuC6280 CPU (A modified WDC 65C02 core with several additional registers and functions including sound generation) and “HuCARD” ROMS that were Credit Card sized. Released in Japan in 1987 the diminutive White Console (14x14x3.8cm) was a revelation, quickly surpassing the Famicom as the number one seller. SEGA’s Megadrive* (Genesis), released a year later, found itself apparently technically surpassed even before it made it to market and barely made a dent in the PC Engine’s position (At odds with what transpired in the West with the TurboGrafx-16, but that’s’ another story!) and with the release of a CD attachment in 1988 (A first for a Console) it went on to be the leading platform in Japan until the Super Famicom (SNES) appeared in 1991. It has since become a hugely collectable “Retro” Console (Especially the Original “White” version), Hardware is expensive and rare Software (Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire for example) sells for in excess of $1000!
*Although the Genesis/Megadrive has a 16-bit CPU (Motorola 68000), its GPU was a single upgraded 8-bit Texas Instruments TMS9918 used in the Master System, Colecovision and MSX Computers
Unfortunately there don’t seem to be many Linux solutions to PC Engine Emulation and although the Repo version of Mednafen (v0.8.D) will Emulate it, compatibility is poor and CD Emulation is so SLOW as to make it unplayable. To this end I have been “Tinkering” with compiling a W.I.P version (Which includes the pce_fast Module that Retroarch uses). I have now managed to compile Mednafen-0.9.24 W.I.P with PC Engine Emulation ONLY, which works well (Both Hu-Card and CD’s) and accepts ANYTHING I have thrown at it including Street Fighter II (16Mbit Hu-Card) and Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (CD + Arcade Card Pro) which a lot of Emulators struggle with, so hats off to the Team who wrote it! SuperGrafx Emulation is also excellent but in all honesty Dai Makai Mura (Ghouls N Ghosts) and 1941 Counter Attack are the only worthwhile games that were produced for this short lived System (Although it was backwards compatible with all PC Engine Titles. The story of the SuperGrafx is even more interesting, but I digress...). Unfortunately a 512MEG RPi is required to compile it (Even then, it was a constant “Juggling” act as to prevent it running out of RAM!). I might publish a “Guide” in due course with instructions to Compile and Set Up/Configure (Although it’s tricky to Compile and complicated to Set Up/Configure correctly so I may not!), to this end, below is a link to pcengine.zip (Extracts into a Folder, pcengine) which includes the Binary, mednafen-9x.cfg File and a README.txt with FULL Instructions and my personal recommendations of the best “AAA” Software available for the System
For the best results run under the X11 (Windows Environment) with Image: 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian*, at least a Medium Overclcock (900MHz) and in Fullscreen Mode
*You can get a SIGNIFICANT performance increase by using Image: 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian, Download Link Here - http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/images/raspbian/
PCEngine/TurboGrafx-16 Emulator (Mednafen Module: pce_fast) Download Link Here - https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B51Q7dp ... edit?pli=1
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