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Sega CD 32X Champion Collection


English-friendly titles in this collection: 11

Tested with the Beetle PC-FX ( 47c355b) core in RetroArch

File size (uncompressed): 5.21 GB

Format: .chd

The PC-FX was the last console effort of NEC, who had previously made the TurboGrafx / PC Engine series of machines.

It resembled a desktop computer tower, and was even somewhat upgradeable like one. This super nifty CD-based system came out at an inopportune time - Its technology was already a bit dated by the target release date in 1992, but the eventual launch was extremely delayed on top of that... just a month before 1995. This means it brought its nearly nonexistent 3D polygon graphics ability to compete with the monstrous PlayStation as well as the rest of the crowded market at the time: the Sega Saturn, Atari Jaguar, Neo Geo CD, and 3DO. The low tech specs while maintaining a high price tag destined the PC-FX to financial failure.

Not to be simply thrown away and forgotten, the PC-FX was still a really cool console with a lot of exclusives and one major advantage over all the rest of its competition: FMV. It could decompress a steady 30 images per second while playing cd quality audio - The PlayStation could only max out at 24. Because of this, the machine hosted many FMV-based (in particular, anime footage) games that either made you feel like you were controlling the video, or gave you plenty of high quality cutscenes.

This is a rather small collection, as every single title released for the PC-FX was in Japanese, often with video that is not easy for translators to subtitle. However, there is still a handful here that can be enjoyed by other language speakers.

Special items included: English-patched translations and titles not in English that are easy enough to play without being fluent in another language.

Items removed: Non-working dumps, duplicates, PC-FXGA titles (those didn't work on this system), and titles that require proficiency in another language to play.

Release notes: Some emulators/frontends (such as RetroArch) do not include the BIOS file needed to run these games. You'll need add the included pcfx.rom BIOS to your emulator's appropriate system folder.

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