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FM TOWNS MARTY

Fujitsu turns it's computers into cult game system

 

FM Car Marty. A Marty system on the go, also had a very early GPS-like navigation ability. If you find one of these, you are God. 

 

I don't really know much about this system except what I've read on other websites, so bear with me. Apparently Fujitsu had a very successful line of Japanese computers and around 1995 or so turned them into a 32 bit game system called the FM Towns (or Fujitsu Marty.) Works with most software from the Fujitsu computer line. Comes standard with a 3.5" floppy drive to save your games (slot on the front under the CD drive.) There are two versions, FM Towns 1 which has a 386 processor, and FM Towns 2 with a 486 processor and more RAM, there also might be a third release with slight motherborad revisions to cut down on costs.

The Car Marty has all the functionality of the regular console, as well as the addd bonus of functioning as a car navigation device (Via Map CDs.) Car Marty is uber expensive, even in Japan.

Apparently it didn't do too well against the Super Famicom and Genesis but managed to carve out a significant niche with Hentai games (which if you don't know, are games centered around big-eyed Japanese cartoon characters getting it on.) Amazingly due to the flexibility of the system (and the amount of people who get off to naked pictures of Card Captor Sakura) the machine was supported with sporatic new releases up until 1999. It's very rare outside of Japan, but quite common otherwise and until recently could be found for as little as $15 in used Japanese game shops. Damn.

 

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Name:

FM Towns Marty

Company:

Fujitsu

Year:

1991

Games:

about 100

Specs:

CPU :

32bit 386 processor (runs at 16MHz)

Sprites:

Up to 1024 sprites (16x16)


Resolution:

352x232 up to 640x480

Colors:

32768 color palette - 256 onscreen
Memory:

2 Megabytes memory


Sound:

6 channel FM


8 channel PCM

Other:

Smartcard slot


S-VHS port
MIC socket


Headphone socket


AV port