[April fools] Konami MSX antiques 25-in-1 joystick

by snout on 31-03-2006, 19:38
Topic: MSX Revival
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The newspost below is an April fools joke

We have just received an e-mail from Shigatsu Usoda, stating that a new, very interesting collectors item was released in Akihabara, Tokyo today: a Konami MSX antiques 25-in-1 joystick. Following Namco, Atari and Commodore, Konami has just put a small Joystick-shaped gamecomputer to market which contains the following MSX games:

  1. Antarctic adventure
  2. Athletic land
  3. Contra (Gryzor)
  4. F1 Spirit
  5. Ganbare Goemon (Samurai)
  6. Hinotori (Firebird)
  7. King's Valley
  8. King's Valley 2
  9. Knightmare
  10. Magical Tree
  11. Maze of Galious
  12. Nemesis
  13. Nemesis 2
  14. Nemesis 3
  15. Parodius
  16. Penguin Adventure
  17. Pippols
  18. Quarth
  19. Salamander
  20. Space Manbow
  21. Twinbee
  22. Usas
  23. Vampire Killer
  24. Yie Ar Kung Fu
  25. Yie Ar Kung Fu 2

The joystick can be connected directly to an NTSC television, runs on 4 ordinary AA batteries and can be obtained for 5600 Japanese Yen (about 42 euro) in Japanese shops (at least in Akihabara) as of today. It looks like the joystick contains a complete MSX computer provided in a single ASIC chip, with the ROM images of the games listed above built-in. This news quickly follows the re-release of classic Konami MSX games for Windows on i-revo. Admittedly, the Metal Gear and Snatcher games are left out of this impressive list, but given the fact that the patent on Snatcher was recently renewed, it certainly looks like the fresh co-operation between MSX Association, D4E and Konami is going to lead to more interesting products like these. Thanks go out to Shigatsu Usoda for sending in the news.

Comments (22)

By POISONIC

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31-03-2006, 19:40

Nice 1 april fools joke Wink good one Tongue why no metalgear and solid snake? Smile

By Manuel

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31-03-2006, 19:53

OK, how can you type in the MoG codes with a joystick? Tongue

By BiFi

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31-03-2006, 19:56

I wondered when you guys started another april fools joke...

By SolidEric

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31-03-2006, 20:10

Yes, for sure an april 1st fools joke

By Unicorn

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31-03-2006, 20:11

MSX Konami games for the masses, sweet! It’s alive people, IT’S ALIVE! Move over one-chip MSX! Tongue

NOT! oO

By wolf_

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31-03-2006, 20:32

anduhm.. "F1-spirit in slot 2" when playing "Usas in slot 1" ... how do we combine those? Two joysticks? Big smile

By mars2000you

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31-03-2006, 20:42

Shigatsu Soda = April's Water or April's Soda LOL!

Let's make bubbles !Tongue

By djh1697

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31-03-2006, 21:08

Isnt this too early for an April's fool joke ??

By BiFi

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31-03-2006, 21:23

The last started March 28th. So you could also say it's rather late ;)

By dvik

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31-03-2006, 21:28

I haven't seen this joystick here in the US but there are several similar joysticks with a lot of retro games built in. I know there are at least two different joysticks with C64 games and several arcade once. I tried one that had Aleste (not the MSX version but looked almost the same) and it worked great. They are cheaper here in the US, around $30 iirc.
So although an MSX joystick is news to me, the concept has been around for over a year.

By AuroraMSX

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31-03-2006, 21:35

OK, how can you type in the MoG codes with a joystick?
It's a joystick with 41 buttons (A-Z, 0-9, [space], [enter], [BS] and the 2 'normal' triggers Tongue

By Manuel

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31-03-2006, 21:52

By the way, I've seen a Namco joystick like that in the Intertoys shop, it contains many MSX classics like Bosconian and Galaga, IIRC! Smile

By SLotman

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31-03-2006, 22:46

A shame it's a joke, I would be the first one in line to buy such a thing.... Sad

By snout

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31-03-2006, 23:52

djh - and what time is it in Japan? ^_^

By snout

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31-03-2006, 23:56

Misspelled the last name btw, it should have been Usoda.

By Maggoo

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01-04-2006, 00:32

That's a very cruel april's joke. I want one of those ! Crying

By mars2000you

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01-04-2006, 00:50

Shigatsu Usoda = April's Lie LOL!

But indeed it's a cruel joke, as it could have been possible Sad ... and could be possible in the future

oO

The power of this kind of joke is his degree of 'realism' ... Well done, Snout ! Smile

By dvik

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01-04-2006, 00:54

Seems like your calendar is messed up Snout. Maybe you should change the RTC battery in your MSX?

By rklok

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02-04-2006, 11:14

since I'm travelling to Japan next weekend I could bring some Smile

By snout

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02-04-2006, 17:46

Enjoy the trip, rklok! Have you ever been to Japan before? If not: warning, it is very addictive Wink.

btw, dvik: check the reaction I posted on March 31st, 23:52 Wink

By rklok

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03-04-2006, 23:38

Thx, Snout I probably will !! LOL!

By BiFi

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04-04-2006, 09:44

Face it, this aprils fools was pretty obvious... Why the hell would Konami release such a device without Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake? Tongue