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How to Download and Use PC-98 BIOS ROMs

How to Download and Use PC-98 BIOS ROMs

The PC-98, also known as the NEC PC-9800, was a series of computers made by NEC from 1982 to 2000. The PC-98 was popular in Japan and had a large library of games and software. However, the PC-98 was not compatible with IBM PCs, so it is not easy to run PC-98 games on modern computers.

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One way to play PC-98 games is to use an emulator, such as Neko Project II Kai. An emulator is a program that mimics the hardware and software of another system. To use an emulator, you need a BIOS ROM file, which is a copy of the basic input/output system of the original system. The BIOS ROM file tells the emulator how to boot up and run the PC-98 games.

There are several sources where you can download PC-98 BIOS ROMs, such as For example, you can find a dump of the BIOS from the Japanese PC-9821[^2^], which is a model of the PC-98 series. You can also find ROMs for the NEC APC III[^1^], which was the only PC-98 model released in the west.

To use a PC-98 BIOS ROM with Neko Project II Kai, you need to follow these steps:

  • Download the BIOS ROM file from a reliable source and unzip it if necessary.

  • Download and install Neko Project II Kai from its official website or from Libretro[^3^], which is a platform that supports various emulators.

  • Launch Neko Project II Kai and go to Config > BIOS > HDD BIOS. Select the BIOS ROM file that you downloaded and click OK.

  • Go to File > Reset to restart the emulator with the new BIOS.

  • Go to File > FDD1 or FDD2 to load a floppy disk image file of a PC-98 game. You can find many PC-98 games on or other websites.

  • Enjoy playing your PC-98 game!

Note that some PC-98 games may require additional settings or files to run properly. You can find more information and help on Neko Project II Kai's website or on online forums dedicated to PC-98 emulation.

The PC-98 had a rich and diverse library of games, spanning various genres and styles. Some of the most popular and influential PC-98 games include:

  • Touhou Project: A series of bullet hell shoot 'em up games created by ZUN, featuring a cast of colorful characters and a complex lore based on Japanese mythology and folklore. The Touhou Project is one of the most prolific and fan-supported game franchises in Japan, with dozens of official and fan-made games, manga, anime, music, and merchandise.

  • YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World: A visual novel adventure game developed by ELF Corporation, featuring a branching storyline with multiple endings and a parallel world system. The game is considered a masterpiece of the genre and a pioneer of nonlinear storytelling and gameplay mechanics.

  • Rusty: A platform action game developed by C-Lab, inspired by Castlevania. The game stars Rusty, a female vampire hunter who must fight her way through a Gothic castle full of monsters and traps. The game is known for its high difficulty level, detailed graphics, and catchy music.

  • Brandish: A series of action role-playing games developed by Nihon Falcom, featuring a unique rotating camera system that changes the perspective of the dungeon as the player moves. The series follows the adventures of Ares, a swordsman who is pursued by a vengeful sorceress named Dela Delon.

  • Night Slave: A side-scrolling shoot 'em up game developed by Melody, with elements of cyberpunk and mecha. The game follows a female cyborg named Elina who must fight against a rogue AI that has taken over a military base. The game combines fast-paced shooting action with strategic weapon switching and upgrade system.

These are just some examples of the many PC-98 games that you can enjoy with an emulator. However, be aware that some PC-98 games may contain adult or violent content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Always check the ratings and reviews before downloading or playing any PC-98 game. e0e6b7cb5c


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