FM-Towns Marty
FM-Towns Marty

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Setname:  fmtmarty   
Year: 1993
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Status: preliminary  notworks
Type: Game Console
Clones: FM-Towns Car Marty,
FM-Towns Marty 2
Emulation info
   
Overall emulation:  preliminary   
Color emulation:  good  
Sound emulation:  good  
Graphics emulation:  good  
Savestates:  unsupported   

Tech info
 Base hardware: (available in all slot configurations)
Chips
I386SX ("maincpu")cpu 16000000 Hz
Speaker ("mono")audio
YM3438 ("fm")audio 7670442 Hz
RF5C68 ("pcm")audio 7670442 Hz
CD/DA ("cdda")audio
Filtered 1-bit DAC ("speaker")audio
Screens
Screen ("screen")raster horizontal 768 x 512 @ 60.000000
Media devices
cdrom ("cdrom") cdrom cdrm chd, cue, toc, nrg, gdi, iso, cdr
RAM options
6M 6291456
Software lists
fmtowns_cdoriginal

 Optional hardware: (available with specific slot configurations)

 Configure the slot options for fmtmarty:
 Slot Value
 fdc:0 
 fdc:1 
 scsi:1 
 scsi:2 
 scsi:3 
 scsi:4 
 scsi:5 
 


Show detailed info about 'Configurations' of this system
Configurations

NameValue
Joystick port 1 Nothing
 Standard 2-button joystick
 Mouse
 6-button joystick
Joystick port 2 Nothing
 Standard 2-button joystick
 Mouse
 6-button joystick
SCSI ID 0
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 5
 6
 7
 0
 1
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 5
 6
 7
 0
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 7
 0
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 7
 0
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 7


Show detailed info about 'Slot Options' of this system
Slot options

NameValueCompatible device(s)
fdc:0 35hd floppy_35_hd
fdc:1 35hd floppy_35_hd
scsi:1 harddisk scsihd
scsi:2 harddisk scsihd
scsi:3 harddisk scsihd
scsi:4 harddisk scsihd
scsi:5 harddisk scsihd

Romset info
ROM NameSizeCRC32SHA1Dump StateBIOS option
mrom.m362097152 9c0c060c5721c5f9657c570638352fa9acac57fa8d0b94bdgood
mrom.m372097152 fb66bb56e273b5fa618373bdf7536495cd53c8aac1cce9a5good
Sysinfo



Features


* 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)

Links


* Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_Towns_Marty

Other Emulators


* UNZ -- http://members.at.infoseek.co.jp/townsemu/
* Xe -- http://www.xe-emulator.com/



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