Sharp X68000 Emulators

The Sharp X68000, often referred to as the X68k was a computer system only released in Japan, that naturally, prior to using the Internet, I had never heard of. Originally released in 1987, it came with a 10 MHz Motorola 68000 CPU, 1 MB of RAM and no hard drive. The last model was released in 1993 with a 25 MHz Motorola 68030 CPU, 4 MB of RAM and optional 80 MB SCSI hard drive. RAM in these systems was expandable to 12 MB, although very few programs required more than two megs. If you want to talk about “PERFECT” arcade to computer translations of games, look no further than the X68000. When i first used an emulator for the X68000 back in the late 90s, and saw such perfect ported classics as Mat Mania, Afterburner, Bubble Bobble, Galaga 88, Street Fighter 2, etc. I was completely floored. I had always been impressed with the Amiga home ports of games, but the X68000 even outdid the Amiga. The Intellivision had the following tech specs:

NAME X68000
MANUFACTURER Sharp
TYPE Home Computer
ORIGIN Japan
YEAR 1987
KEYBOARD Full-stroke keyboard
CPU Motorola MC68000
SPEED 10 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR Unknown
RAM 1 MB (up to 12 MB)
VRAM 512 KB graphic + 512 KB text
ROM 1 MB
TEXT MODES Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES 256 x 240 / 256 x 256 / 512 x 240 / 512 x 256 / 512 x 512 / 640 x 480 / 768 x 512 / 1024 x 1024 / 128 sprites (16 x 16 dots)
COLORS 65535 (16 colors in 1024 x 1024 to 65K in 512 x 512)
SOUND FM Sound (Yamaha 2151 : 2 channels / 8 octaves stereo) + PCM (OKI MSM6258V : 4 bit mono)
I/O PORTS Joystick(2), Audio IN / OUT, Stereo scope, TV Control, NTSC Video Image I/O, Expansion (2 slots), External FDD, SASI, RS232
BUILT IN MEDIA 2 x 5.25” disk-drive
OS Human 68K 1.0 + VS
PERIPHERALS Built-in power supply unit




Sharp X68000 Emulators

EX68
X68000 Emulator.
Keropi (WinX68K)
X68000 Emulator.
WinX68k High-Speed (English)
X68000 Emulator.
WinX68k High-Speed (Japanese)
X68000 Emulator.
XM6
X68000 Emulator.