Post by glennmagusharvey on Jul 19, 2017 15:05:44 GMT -5
I know this much about the MSX: 0. It is a computer system that was popular in Japan and Brazil in the past. 1. It gave us Maze of Galious, which gave us La-Mulana. 2. It gave us Vampire Killer. 1'. Lemeza uses one, and Xelpud is a whiz at it. Making fun of NES games is fun.
0, 1, and 1' are very true. 2 is sort of a gaming urban legend, though -- Castlevania's first appearance was on the Famicom, with the MSX version releasing around one month later.
The two were developed in tandem by different teams within Konami, IIRC, but the Famicom version beat the MSX to market, and wound up becoming the version everybody remembers. Which is kind of unfortunate, as I actually prefer the MSX version by quite a bit, myself. It's a VERY, VERY DIFFERENT GAME, and it blows my mind that Castlevania fans aren't more familiar with it, as it's such a unique entry in the series, and really shows that the "Metroidvania" formula was in some ways present (if only in embryonic form) since the very beginning.
I still love my MSX. I dusted off my old Sony HBF700D to play SD Snatcher when it was retranslated. I guess I'm going to play some Sorcerian soon, because for some reason I have never played that one extensively. It was released after Dragon Slayer 6 - Legend of Heroes which is still one of my favorite MSX games, but I think I was kinda off gaming for a while back then.
Sorcerian MSX was released *after* Legend of Heroes? Really?! That game runs *terribly* on my MSX2+, whereas Legend of Heroes runs really smoothly. I always assumed Sorcerian must have been one of the first MSX disk games Falcom made or something, based on how slowly it moves.