The PC-8801 (shortened to PC-88) is an 8-bit personal computer made by NEC and originally intended for business use. Though it was the lead computer in Japan, it was followed closely by it's main competitors, the X1 and FM-7. It was later succeeded by the more powerful PC-98, which cemented NEC's position as the lead computer manufacturer in Japan.
As far as games go, the PC-88 saw the birth of various series such as Dragon Slayer and Ys as well as prolific companies such as Enix and Hudson. However, it couldn't hold a candle to the X1 and FM-7, so if a game on it was also released for one of the other two, the X1/FM-7 version would be the better one of them.
|Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu Scenario 1 & 2||Action-RPG||One of the original gangsters of action-RPGs with platforming. 1985! Combines platforming and overhead dungeon-crawling. Has lots of secrets, puzzles, items, magic spells, enemies, platforming, exploring, etc. And of course, big badass bosses you'd expect from Falcom. Scenario 2 is better, but you'll want to beat Scenario 1 first, as 2 pulls tricks and traps early on that a totally new player won't understand.
The process to get Scenario 2 started requires you to get prompted to copy aspects of Scenario 1 unto a Scenario 2 disk and use the training center and maze of Scenario 1 to get to the dungeon entrance, then, when prompted again, change disks to proceed with the Scenario 2 game.
|XZR: Hakai no Gouzou||Action-RPG||The very first game in the series which would later be known as Exile on the TurboGrafx-16. You control Sadler, a Syrian assassin who smokes drugs to restore health and seeks to end the tyranny of the evil rulers, so you run around the land solving all sorts of problems, then you get transported to the future, where you must kill the President of the United States!
This game received a port for the MSX, which has worse graphics and no scrolling, but is much, much easier. Though there are no fan-translations available for either version, you can find walktroughs on the internet.
|Consoles||Action Max - Atari 7800 - Amstrad GX4000 - RDI Halcyon - View-Master Interactive Vision - Sega Master System - Nintendo Entertainment System - Casio PV-1000 - VTech Socrates - Epoch Super Cassete Vision|
|Computers||Mattel Aquarius - Acorn Archimedes - Commodore 64 - Amstrad CPC - Fujitsu FM-7 - Apple Lisa - Apple Macintosh - Microsoft MS-DOS - ASCII MSX - ASCII MSX2 - IBM OS-2 - NEC PC-88 - NEC PC-98 - Amstrad PCW - Sinclair QL - Commodore VIC-20 - Sharp X1 - Sinclair ZX Spectrum|