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The PC-9801 is a personal computer released by NEC in 1982. It is a computer exclusive to Japan, but recently some of its games have also been fan translated into English. In total, there are two E.V.O. series games on the console.

Features

The PC-9801 was created by NEC in Japan. The computer supports floppy disks of the types 0 and 1 (also referred to as "A and B"). It mainly runs command-line and 16-bit based operating systems like CP/M-86, MS-DOS, OS/2 and any Windows versions prior to Windows 95.

The PC-9801 runs at a clock speed of 5 MHz and supports two display controllers (one for text, the other for video graphics). It comes with 128 KB of RAM, expandable to 640 KB. Its 8-color display has a maximum resolution of 640×400 pixels.

The PC-9801 allows for almost SNES-like graphics and its audio output is slightly superior to that of a Gameboy, allowing it to run quite decent quality programs and games compared to other machines from its era.

Sales

Being produced from 1982 until it was discontinued in 2003, the PC-9801 dominated the Japan domestic PC market with more than 60% of the personal computers being PC-9801 or older revisions of its hardware.

As such, the PC-9801 established NEC's dominance in the Japanese personal computer market, and by 1999, more than 18 million PC-9801 computers had been sold.

Unfortunately, Windows 95's arrival was the first step towards the PC-9801's downfall, as consumers were no longer required to have an NEC-built system to run software designed for Windows and as the non-Japanese markets had already been taken by its competitors, which could use off-the-shelf technology to build cheaper IBM personal computers, the PC-9801 never made it out of Japan.

E.V.O. series games

Up to this day, the following E.V.O. games were released on the PC-9801:


Note, that both of these are basically the same game with some minor changes. 46 Okunen Monogatari ~The Shinka Ron~ is the original, Japanese version of the game, while E.V.O. - The Theory of Evolution is the English version of it.

To gamers, the series is mostly known by the series' SNES game and only a few know about it's predecessor or the PC-9801. It wasn't until 2017, that an English fantranslation of 46 Okunen Monogatari ~The Shinka Ron~ was released.