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PC-98 & X68000 Nectaris FAQ (1992, System Soft, Japan)

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  release information:



PC-9800 Cover Art

PC-9800  (NEC)

X68000  (Sharp)

Title:   Nectaris Nectaris
Platform:   PC-98 Computer X68000 Computer
Format:   5.25" Floppy Disk 5.25" Floppy Disk
Developer:   Hudson Soft Hudson Soft
Publisher:   System Soft System Soft
Catalog #:   ? ?
Release Date:   ??.??.1992 ??.??.1992
Release Price:  
?? yen
 ( $?? USD )
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( $?? USD ) 
# of Players:   ?? ??
Genre:   Turn-based war strategy ( simulation )

X68000 Cover Art


introduction & background information:

In 1992, System Soft (which is still publishing software in Japan) ported the original 1989 PC-Engine Nectaris to two very popular computer platforms:  NEC's PC-9800 and Sharp's X68000.  Since neither of these personal computer series was popular (or even available) outside of Japan, these two ports are virtually unknown to a substantial number of Nectaris fans.  I discovered the PC-98 version by accident one day (a few years ago) when I was scouring Japanese auction sites for Nectaris paraphernalia.  I didn't even know that System Soft released an X68000 version in tandem with the PC-98 title until Lawrence ( nfgman )  provided the documentation and the scans (thank you!) to set the record straight.  Now, while these are the least-known titles in the series, they seem to be straight forward ports of the original game and offer no surprises.  
The PC-98 (MS-DOS) port of Nectaris was released on both 5.25" and 3.5" floppy disks (on that note, check out the bottom panel of the package listing the system requirements -- note the MS-DOS logo).  ABOUT THE HARDWARE :  The PC-9800 was not IBM PC compatible.  The PC-98 was actually an Intel X86 based Japanese personal computer with original architecture (though there were some similarities to IBM PC architecture, and it ran ported versions of MS-DOS and, later, MS Windows).  With 40% - 50% market share during its' 15-year history (1982-1997), the PC-98 was a tremendously successful platform in Japan.  In 1997, NEC shifted its' business model and started making IBM PC clones.
Anyway, judging from the screenshots on the back of the PC-98 package, this release appears to be a faithful port of the original PC-Engine game (with  minor cosmetic alterations in the menu interface).  As far as I can tell, SystemSoft, not Hudson, was responsible for this port.  

Screenshot of battlefield map Screenshot of battlefield map

The original PC-Engine screen layout. 

Note the slightly modifed layout of the PC-98 & X68000 ports.

SystemSoft also ported Nectaris to the X68000 platform (Sharp's line of personal computers) at the same time they were working on the PC-98 version.  I would assume that the PC-98 and X68000 versions were developed and released in tandem with one another, because the printed instruction manual lists both versions on the cover.
If the PC-98 and X68000 versions of Nectaris shared the same manual, then it is safe to assume that both ports are essentially same, save for some aesthetic flourishes resulting from hardware differences (i.e. sound cards and music, video cards and graphics).  
QUESTIONS :  Did PC-98 and X68000 offer an improved SAVE feature?  Or did you still have to use the password system?  I doubt they offered a map editor...  If you can help answer these questions, please contact me !


related games:


If you are short on time and / or patience, then check out the Quick List of All Nectaris Games. If, however, you are interested in a more comprehensive synopsis of the entire series, then consult the Nectaris Legacy. Info on Earth Light (1992, Hudson Soft, Super Famicom) is profiled there as well. Earth Light reworks Nectaris' core game engine and may be of interest to Nectaris fans.



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