The Sharp X68000 was a real monster of a home computer for its time. It was only available in Japan, but it boasted a wealth of great arcade ports as well as some inventive original titles. This episode features some of my musical picks from Sharp’s 16-bit powerhouse, incorporating both the system’s built-in FM synthesis chip, and the optional MIDI card expansions.
Star Cruiser (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Star Cruiser (Drastic days will come ～ オープニング)’ composed by Toshiya Yamanaka
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘The Theme of Chester’ originally composed by Mieko Ishikawa, arrangement for X68000 by Masaaki Kawai
Spindizzy II (1992, Sharp X68000) ‘Arrow Maze’ composed by Toshiya Yamamaka and Tetsuya Nakano
Metal Sight (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Archive Of Dimension (ステージ9)’ composed by Keishi Yonao and Izuru Aki
Parodius Da! (1990, Sharp X68000) ‘Ranking Da!’ composed by Kazuki Muraoka
Super Hang On (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Outride a Crisis’ originally composed by Katsuhiro Hayashi and Koichi Namiki
Namachuukei 68 (1991, Sharp X68000) ‘User Disk’ composed by Yuji Takenouchi