The world of retro gaming and computing has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years, with enthusiasts and companies alike exploring ways to revive classic machines in a modern context. The X68000 Z, developed by Zuiki, Inc., is a reproduction of the Sharp X68000 home computer, a beloved history of Japanese computing and gaming history. The Sharp X68000 was a home computer released exclusively in Japan, and was powered by Motorola CPUs, the latest model ever released was the X68030 in 1993. For many outside of Japan, the X68000 has remained somewhat of a mystery. Despite its powerful hardware and popularity, the X68000 was relatively expensive, limiting its accessibility to a broader audience. However, the X68000’s blend of powerful hardware and its catalog of software contributed to its cult status among Japanese computing enthusiasts. The X68000 had a unique software library that included both commercial releases and doujin (independent) games. It hosted a variety of game genres, from shoot ’em ups to role-playing games. What sets the X68000 Z apart are the modern features (powered a Quad-core Cortex A7 and Mali-400 GPU) and innovations it brings. One of the standout features is the inclusion of a real mechanical keyboard, providing an authentic typing experience reminiscent of the era. Additionally, the X68000 Z’s mouse that transforms into a trackball adds a creative twist. While the X68000 Z employs emulation technology, it goes beyond a mere software-based approach. The device is equipped with custom interfaces and features aimed at enhancing the user experience. The new upcoming computer system will be available on Amazon Japan and will come in three different versions: a starter pack for $211, a basic pack for $471, and a complete pack for $630.
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