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The NEC PC-8801 was an early Zilog Z80-based computer exclusively released in Japan, where it became very popular, by NEC Corporation in 1981. It was informally called the "PC-88".

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Model list

Released Year model name model CPU RAM VRAM N mode V1 mode V2 mode V3 mode sound ATARI D-sub 9pin I/O port FDD CD-ROM comment
1981 PC-8801 NEC µPD780 4MHz 64KB none o o - - - - none -
1983 PC-8801mkII model10 NEC µPD780 4MHz 64KB none o o - - - - none -
model20 5.25" 2D x1
model30 5.25" 2D x2
1985 PC-8801mkII SR model10 NEC µPD780 4MHz 64KB 4KB o o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o none - The V2 mode that is necessary to play the game of most PC-88 is installed.
model20 5.25" 2D x1
model30 5.25" 2D x2
PC-8801mkII TR NEC µPD780 4MHz 64KB 4KB o o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2D x2 - PC-8801 mkII SR with 300bps modem
PC-8801mkII FR model10 NEC µPD780 4MHz 64KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o none - Cost reduction version of PC-8801mkIISR
model20 5.25" 2D x1
model30 5.25" 2D x2
PC-8801mkII MR NEC µPD780 4MHz 192KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 - FDD 2D->2HD
1986 PC-8801 FH model10 NEC µPD70008 8MHz 64KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o none - 88FR CPU upgrade
model20 5.25" 2D x1
model30 5.25" 2D x2
PC-8801 MH NEC µPD70008 8MHz 192KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 - 88MR CPU upgrade
1987 PC-88 VA NEC V50 (µPD70216) 8MHz 512KB 256KB - o o o FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 - CPU upgrade (8bit->16bit)
PC-8801 FA NEC µPD70008 8MHz 64KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2608) Stereo + ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2D x2 - sound card upgrade (88FR + sound board2(Yamaha YM2608))
PC-8801 MA NEC µPD70008 8MHz 192KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2608) Stereo + ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 - sound card upgrade (88MR + sound board2(Yamaha YM2608))
1988 PC-88 VA2 NEC V50 (µPD70216) 8MHz 512KB 256KB - o o o FM(YM2608) Stereo + ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 -
PC-88 VA3 NEC V50 (µPD70216) 8MHz 512KB 256KB - o o o FM(YM2608) Stereo + ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 / 3.5" 2TD x1 - add 2TD FDD
PC-8801 FE NEC µPD70008 8MHz 64KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2D x2 - TV(NTSC) output (composit video), del external I/O
PC-8801 MA2 NEC µPD70008 8MHz 192KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2608) Stereo +ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 - 88MA model change
1989 PC-8801 FE2 NEC µPD70008 8MHz 64KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2203) Mono o 5.25" 2D x2 - 88FE model change
PC-8801 MC model1 NEC µPD70008 8MHz 192KB 4KB - o o - FM(YM2608) Stereo + ADPCM Mono o 5.25" 2HD x2 (option)
model2 5.25" 2HD x2 o

Hardware

For its time, the PC-8801SR (V2-mode) had a high display resolution, but could only display 8 out of 512 colors simultaneously. The 640 × 400 mode was monochrome only. Its sound-producing capabilities were also more advanced than other machines of the time.

  • N mode: PC-8000_Series compatible graphic mode
  • V1 mode: 640 × 200 8 colors, 640 × 400 2 colors, 320 × 200 256 colors, 320 ×  400 64 colors
  • V2 mode: 640 × 200 8 out of 512 colors, 640 × 400 2 out of 512 colors, 320 × 200 256 out of 512 colors, 320 ×  400 64 out of 512 colors
  • V3 mode: 640 × 200 65536 colors, 640 × 400 256 out of 65536 colors, 320 × 200 65536 colors, 320 ×  400 64 out of 65536 colors
  • PC-8801/PC8001mkII
  • PC-8801mkIISR/TR/FR/MR
    • CPU: NEC PD780C-1 (Z80A-compatible)
    • Resolutions: (SR) ( N mode / V1 mode / V2 mode ) or (TR/FR/MR) ( V1 mode / V2 mode )
    • Memory: 40+8+24 = 72 KB ROM, 64+48+4 = 116 KB RAM (MR = 244 KB)
  • Sound: beep + YM2203 ( 3 FM channels, 3 SSG ) Mono
  • PC-8801FH/MH/FE/FE2
    • CPU: µPD70008 (Z80H-compatible)
    • Resolutions: ( V1 mode / V2 mode )
    • Memory: 40+8+24 = 72 KB ROM, 64+48+4 = 116 KB RAM (MH = 244 KB)
    • Sound: beep + YM2203 ( 3 FM channels, 3 SSG ) Mono
  • PC-8801FA/MA/MA2/MC

A part of software corresponds to YM2608 and ADPCM. (ex: Snatcher)

Software

Companies that produced exclusive software for the NEC PC-8801 included Enix, Square, Sega, Falcom, Bandai Soft, Hal Laboratory, ASCII, Pony, T&E Soft, Wolf Team, Dempa, Champion Soft, Starcraft, Micro Cabin, PSK and Bothtec. Certain games produced for the PC-8801 had a shared release with the MSX, such as those produced by Game Arts, ELF and Konami. Many popular series first appeared on the NEC PC-8801, including Snatcher, Thexder, Dragon Slayer, RPG Maker and Ys.

Nintendo licensed Hudson Soft to port some of Nintendo's Family Computer games for the console, including Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Donkey Kong 3, Golf and Ice Climber, as well as ports of Mario Bros. called Mario Bros. Special and Punch Ball Mario Bros. and a unique Super Mario Bros. game for the computer, Super Mario Bros. Special.

The computer also had its own BASIC dialect, N88-BASIC.

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NEC PC-8801
The logo for NEC PC-8801.
The console image for NEC PC-8801.
Manufacturer NEC Corporation
Active 1981—present
Total Games unknown (14 present)
← NEC PC-8001 (none) →

The NEC PC-8801 system was introduced by the NEC Corporation in 1981 and was an early Zilog Z80-based computer. The PC-88, as it is informally called, became very popular in Japan but did not see release in other markets. It was the successor of PC-8001, and offered fine color graphics. It also had an optional MS-Dos board. It was one of the first, if not the first color CPM computer. For its time, the PC-8801 offered a high display resolution, although it could only display 8 out of 512 colors simultaneously and the 640×400 mode was monochrome only. Its sound-producing capabilities were also more advanced than other machines of the time.

It ran in three bootable modes: CPM, MS-Dos, and N88-Basic. The N-Basic would natively boot on the system without disk, just like the PC-8001. It also had a software / hardware switch to turn it into PC-8001 mode.

Companies that produced exclusive software for this platform include Enix, Square, Sega, Bandai Soft, Hal Laboratory, Pony. Certain games produced for the PC-8801 found shared release with the MSX platform, such as those produced by Game Arts and Konami. Many popular series first appeared on this computer, including Snatcher, Thexder, Dragon Slayer, RPG Maker and Ancient Land of Ys.

Nintendo licensed Hudson Soft to port some of Nintendo's Famicom titles for the system, including Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Tennis, Donkey Kong 3, Golf and Ice Climber, as well as unusual ports of Mario Bros. called Mario Bros. Special and Punch Ball Mario Bros.. Most notably, they produced for it a unique Super Mario Bros. game entitled Super Mario Bros. Special. The game has since fallen into obscurity, prompting gamefans to call it the "true Lost Levels."

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