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.
- CPU: NEC PD780C-1 (Z80A-compatible)
- Resolutions: 640×200, 640×400, 320×200, 320×400
- Memory: 40+8+24 = 72 KiB ROM, 64+48 = 112 KiB RAM
- Sound: 3 FM channels + 3 SSG + 6 rhythms + 1 ADPCM
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.
Companies that produced exclusive software for this platform include Enix
, Bandai Soft
, Hal Laboratory
, T&E Soft
, Wolf Team
, Dempa, Champion Soft, Starcraft, Micro Cabin, PSK, and Bothtec. 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
, Dragon Slayer
, RPG Maker
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."
The system also had its own BASIC dialect, as was fairly common for 1980s home computers, called N88-BASIC.