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August 9, 2022

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MSX Music patches from arcade games by ToughkidCST

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Would you like to play some old MSX games with new sounds and music? In special, VGM chip-tunes? Well... Now you can!
MSX Music patches from arcade games by ToughkidCST

What happen when a chip-tune enthusiast gives free rein to his imagination and creativity? Add the required knowledge and resources to this and you will achieve the perfect cocktail. This is what the Korean user ToughkidCST brings to the MSX scene with his new patches.

In the 80’s multiple arcade games were ported to MSX and, taking into account the big hardware differences, we enjoyed decent ports from those well-known classics in our beloved computers. Without going into detail, we can even state that the MSX 2 ports were visually close to the originals thanks to its powerful VDP. Another thing is the sound quality where most of these ports used the poor PSG as a sound source.

And here is where ToughkidCST comes to save us. As you might know, today old game soundtracks are commonly available in VGM format so all he needed was the cooperation of Grauw to integrate his great VGMPlay player into the games. As a result, these are the patches available so far:

  • Bubble Bobble
  • Kikikaikai
  • The Legend of Kage
  • Scramble Formation

Due to the wide variety of arcade machines, please keep in mind that these patches require some special sound hardware such as Moonsound, Yamaha SFG-01 & SFG-05 (YM2151-OPM), Neotron or Makoto (YM2608-OPNA) cartridges.

But that’s not all! There are more patches to come. ToughkidCST keeps working on them and is asking for your support so hopefully this will open the way for more enhanced MSX arcade games in near future.

There is a saying that ‘Music is half the Game’. No matter how good a game is, if the BGM is not good, the game will look cheap.

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Source: MSX Resource Center

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