Martos has scanned, PDF-ed and released 50 editions of the Japanese ASCII MSX Magazine, starting with Magazine 6 of 1988 and ending with the summer of 1992. Initially this collection was only available on DVD during RetroMadrid 2012, but now this complete and interesting archive - even for those who don't understand a single character of Japanese - is available right here on MediaFire.

As MSX was still very much alive and kicking in Japan these years, the archive contains an interesting insight in which games were under development at the time and how they were promoted. The Spanish MSX community blog Konamito already dove into this extensive archive and published his interesting finds in this blog post. His finds include mentions of unreleased games such as A1 Grand Prix, Playball II and yes, even Sim City.

According to Konamito, Martos is already working of scanning all the MSX Magazines from 1983 to 06-1988, in order to complete the archive. We are very curious to find out what your interesting finds are, so please let us know in the comments!

Relevant link: ASCII MSX Magazine archive

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By SkyeWelse

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18-08-2012, 07:38

Wow! This is great! What a wonderful way to preserve this. This must have taken awhile for Martos to scan all of these. It took awhile to download each one (unless you are a premium / pro account subscriber for MediaFire. So I thought of something better to help out with this effort. I decided why not just host them outright in archived zip files for each year for easier downloading. When the others are ready, if Snout and Martos do not mind, I'll add those to the list of hosted files. This should make it easier to distribute.

MSX Magazine Archive

No worries about bandwidth. The server I pay for each month should be able to handle it. : ) I'll host these indefinitely unless I hear otherwise that a collection of these magazines is still being sold or distributed by the original publisher, then I'm afraid I would have to take the link down.

I'd be interested in seeing a similar treatment to other MSX magazines such as MSX Fan. : ) I've got a few of them, mainly just the Xak / Fray cover versions, but not too much time on hand to scan everything like you all have.

-Thomas

By Manuel

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18-08-2012, 13:42

WTF! That Sim City seems very complete! Or perhaps it's only art work?

By janghang

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18-08-2012, 15:19

oops I bought this from Martos for 20 euros about one and half month ago... He didn't tell me he would share everything free... Crying

By wolf_

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18-08-2012, 16:04

Yeah well, there's still a difference between a PDF and a physical magazine.. In this case, you've spent the money on owning a real and physical copy.

By Gradius2

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18-08-2012, 19:41

janghang wrote:

oops I bought this from Martos for 20 euros about one and half month ago... He didn't tell me he would share everything free... Crying

Are you REAL?

$20 bucks for REAL printed stuff was pretty cheap.

By Gradius2

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18-08-2012, 20:22

Thanks, got them all in 40min (no premium).

By Gradius2

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18-08-2012, 20:35

Looking at:
MSX Magazine 1991 01 - MSX software catalog 91.pdf

MSX got indeed few (34 listed there) sexy titles. I don't remember playing any of them still.

PS: No wonder! All them were for MSX2 and up. At that time I had MSX1 only.

By Gradius2

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18-08-2012, 20:43

LOL @ this one:

By SkyeWelse

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18-08-2012, 21:57


I'm quite partial to this one myself. : ) lol.

And... From How Many Robot?

Wall-E? =>

-Thomas

By janghang

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19-08-2012, 03:16

Gradius2,
are you serious? In these days we cannot buy even one issue of a printed version with $20. this news is about the distribution of pdf files. I wonder what makes you think so?

By Gradius2

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19-08-2012, 20:14

janghang wrote:

oops I bought this from Martos for 20 euros about one and half month ago... He didn't tell me he would share everything free... Crying

Because you posted such thing above?

Were you drunk? I wonder. LOL!

By Gradius2

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19-08-2012, 20:22

More LOL

Popeye clone?

By janghang

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20-08-2012, 01:12

Question

By janghang

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20-08-2012, 01:51

Gradius2 wrote:
janghang wrote:

oops I bought this from Martos for 20 euros about one and half month ago... He didn't tell me he would share everything free... Crying

Because you posted such thing above?

Were you drunk? I wonder. LOL!

you are so rude. if you misunderstand what other people are saying, do you tell like that? drunk, huh? by the way, for my first reply, our discussion context for this news was definitely the pdf files, not printed magazines. Misunderstanding is free, but practice good manners toward others.

By Gradius2

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28-08-2012, 07:58

janghang is pretty crazy, really.

You should improve your english as well, as you didn't really knows what the others are talking about.

This has nothing to do with rude or not, and if so I really don't care, since is you didn't understand at all.

And yes, I'll not feed the troll again. Tongue

By janghang

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30-08-2012, 16:02

Do improve it well yourself! I keep asking why you think so from my original reply. That's what I asked this mentally challenged guy. it is too easy. if someone asks "why do you think so?", answer like this: "you are drunk", "you are crazy", and "you don't understand".

In this time, this crazy guy brought "the others". Anybody let me know what "the others" are talking about? My english ability doesn't allow me to figure that out.

Gradius2, stop smoking crack.

By anonymous

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30-08-2012, 18:50

*Jorito grabs some popcorn, sits back and watch the events unfold*

By anonymous

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30-08-2012, 19:00

I can hardly tell what's going on...

By wolf_

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30-08-2012, 19:00

I want those 3d goggles!

By Gradius2

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06-09-2012, 00:31

@janghang: Exactly! Stop smoking crack!

You complained Martos scanned and put all this online for free. Trying to compare a pdf file with the real stuff. You're really insane!

By janghang

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06-09-2012, 05:59

I just grumbled on this to myself. Actually my money is really nothing to his effort, time and contribution to this great project. I never complain about this free distribution. I always appreciate Martos' effort and his great project. Thank you so much, Martos!

Gradius2, if you used up all synonyms for 'crazy', you can just keep enjoying dumb pictures like what you posted the above.

By Guillian

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06-09-2012, 09:33

As far as I understand, janghang "complained" about he bought the scanned magazines on DVD some weeks ago and now they are free. He doesn't say he bought about 50 real magazines for 20$ (!?). So he is not comparing a PDF with a real magazine. That's what I understand reading his posts.

By janghang

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06-09-2012, 10:11

Guillian wrote:

As far as I understand, janghang "complained" about he bought the scanned magazines on DVD some weeks ago and now they are free. He doesn't say he bought about 50 real magazines for 20$ (!?). So he is not comparing a PDF with a real magazine. That's what I understand reading his posts.

Thanks, Guillian. Yes, your understanding is correct. I have never mentioned about paper magazines nor tried to compare them with pdf.

I didn't have intention of "complaining" something and I just a little bit regret myself about missing a free chance (it's like missing free lunch! LOL! ) as you can see my emoticon is crying on the first reply. If it sounds complaining, I would like to apology to Martos. He is a great man.

By xain09

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18-09-2012, 09:20

Many many thanx!

By Manuel

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03-12-2012, 10:06

Any idea yet on when these older magazines are scanned? I'm very happy with those scans, I found a lot of useful input for Generation MSX!

By sd_snatcher

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15-01-2014, 01:27

Any chance of scanning the Special Editions of the MSX Magazine published in 2003? Smile

By Grauw

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08-06-2014, 21:48

Thanks Martos, this is great.

By wernerkai

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27-08-2014, 06:11

Hi,

I found more 13 MSX MAGAZINES scanned on ISSUU:

If this link doesn't work, please log on ISSUU (www.issuu.com), then sign up for a free account and search for "MSX MAGAZINE".

Regards,

Werner

By mars2000you

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27-08-2014, 14:37

Unfortunaly, even logged on issuu, there's no any download link Sad

By Grauw

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27-08-2014, 14:38

Looks like these are scanned by Konamito (http://www.msxblog.es/)! There’s many other nice scans on his site too, such as Hnostar magazine and lots of MSX books. Many thanks!

It seems the MSX Magazines were added recently; there’s no post on the blog about it yet, and also no pdf download link.

By mars2000you

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27-08-2014, 15:07

I've found the way to get access to the jpg files of these magazines, so I can re-build the PDF !

By supmsx

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27-08-2014, 21:56

mars2000you wrote:

I've found the way to get access to the jpg files of these magazines, so I can re-build the PDF !

Yes,I tried too,it is good but take time to download the photos LOL!

By Grauw

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27-08-2014, 23:16

Let’s just wait a little patiently for Konamito to publish the pdf download link eh. These were uploaded just last month. Why not send him a message asking for it, maybe he forgot. No need to make “bootlegs”.

By wernerkai

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27-08-2014, 23:31

Tried this and it works !

ISSUU downloader

By mars2000you

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27-08-2014, 23:59

wernerkai wrote:

Tried this and it works !

ISSUU downloader

Thanks for the tip ! :)

By Grauw

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17-01-2015, 12:25

Looks like the site and issuu account are gone? Sad That’s too bad, it was quite a nice collection!

Looks like the MSX Magazine scans made it to archive.org though. The missing issues from 1985-1988 are also there!

By Manuel

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17-01-2015, 12:27

URL?

By wernerkai

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17-01-2015, 12:41

The original link is indeed gone, but we have them still there:

MSX MAGAZINE ISSUU archive

Here is a security backup:

MSX MAGAZINE Archive in Mediafire

Half collection here:

MSX MAGAZINE Half Collection

By anonymous

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17-01-2015, 13:34

They have been in archive.org for a long time, and all issues of MSX Fan are there as well.

https://archive.org/details/MSXMagazine-Japan

By Grauw

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17-01-2015, 13:36

By Manuel

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17-01-2015, 21:55

Woaaaaaaaaah! Brilliant! All that info... how will I ever find the time to process it and update stuff like GenMSX with it?

By wernerkai

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18-01-2015, 01:44

Also a nice index here:

MSX Legend magazine section

And a huge repository here:

Bytemaniacos repository

I've downloaded all "LOAD MSX" magazines, but some of them are giving me page errors in Adobe Reader. Do you know an alternative source for download ?

By wernerkai

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18-01-2015, 01:46

Also Retroinvaders:

Retroinvaders Magazines

By st1mpy

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01-02-2015, 23:40

Have a look at the MSX Magazine 1986 October issue, check out the photos in page 81 (left), 83 (the person on the left). Guess who that is!! (Hint : S.I of company N)

My MSX profile