* CPU: AMD 386SX at 16 MHz
* RAM: 2 MB
* Graphic Modes: 352x232 up to 640x480
* Colors: 32768 color palette, up to 256 onscreen
* Sound: 6 channel FM, 8 channel PCM
* I/O Ports: composite and S-video output, PCMCIA type 1 slot, 2x standard controller ports, keyboard port
* Media Storage: 1x CD-ROM, internal 3.5" HD floppy drive
* Controllers: 4-way D-pad, 2 fire buttons, select, and run
History and Trivia
The FM Towns Marty was released in 1993 by Fujitsu, exclusively for the Japanese market. It was the first 32-bit home video game system and it featured both a CD-ROM and disk drive built in. It was based on the FM Towns computer system Fujitsu had released in 1989 and, as such, it was backward-compatible with older FM Towns games.
In 1994 the FM Towns Marty 2 was released. It featured a darker grey coloured shell and a new lower price but was otherwise identical to the first Marty.
There is also the FM Towns Car Marty for car installation. It came in two versions: the MVP-1 released on in April 1994 and the MVP-10 released in November 1994. The only difference between the MVP-1 and MVP-10 is the drive mechanisms.
Despite having excellent hardware from a gaming perspective, the FM Towns and the Marty were very poor sellers in Japan. They were expensive and the custom hardware meant expandability wasn't as easy as with DOS/V systems (IBM PC Clones with Japanese DOS or Windows).
Moreover, most of the market was dominated by NEC's PC98 series computers and, later, by DOS/V machine, and FM Town never managed to have the same success.
Finally, despite backwards compatibility with most older FM-Towns PC games, compatibility issues plagued the Marty as newer titles were released for the FM Towns and further limited its potential as a true "console version" of the Fujitsu FM Towns PC. The Marty did have its own library of "Marty" specific games, but they were not enough to strengthen its strange uber-niche position between console systems and PCs.
When Fujitsu lowered the price and released the Marty 2, sales started to slowly increase, but the system was dropped.
(info based on Wikipedia)
* Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_Towns_Marty
* UNZ -- http://members.at.infoseek.co.jp/townsemu/
* Xe -- http://www.xe-emulator.com/