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NEC PC-FX

NEC PC-FX Laser Pickup HOP-E1

I’ve been struggling with a weak PC-FX laser for quite some time. What kept me from changing the laser or pickup unit was that having to take the PC-FX apart and put it back together later is something you wouldn’t wish your worst enemy. A complete disassembly can be found here. However, getting close to the drive unit is surprisingly easy if you just follow this guide.

First, you need a replacement laser. I chose the complete pickup unit (Hitachi HOP-E1), which was available for about 15€.
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Akazukin Cha-Cha and PC Engine Fan Special CD-ROM Vol.2 for PC-FX

Two more items for my PC-FX collection:
Akazukin Cha-Cha: Osawagase! Panic Race! and PC Engine Fan Special CD-ROM Vol.2.

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The PC-FX Memory Manager

Because the internal storage space (32 kB) is limited, sooner or later every PC-FX owner needs an FX-BMP memory backup module (128 kB).

PC-FX FX-BMP
PC-FX FX-BMP

The module is powered by two AAA batteries and has its own place behind an access door in the PC-FX front expansion port.

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How to Play Super Real Mahjong P.V FX

Have you ever wondered how to play (and win!) one of those numerous Mahjong games that exist on almost every game console? I’m not talking about the in the West well-known matching game but about the real Chinese or Japanese Mahjong, usually played by four players. If you are not familiar with the Japanese language or characters, winning is almost impossible because not many translated games exist.
I’ve found two games so far that taught me how to play (and win) in a couple of weeks:

  1. The Japanese Mahjong browser/flash game by GameDesign
  2. FunTown Mahjong on XBLA by Microsoft Game Studios

Update: Some games of the Yakuza series proved to be good Mahjong teachers as well.

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