How to emulate MSX on an Amiga 1200 / 4000 with AmiMSX 3.1

Screenshot of Boulder Dash on MSX 1 by Old School Game Blog

Hi there,

If you, like me, have fond memories of playing games on the MSX back in the day, you might be interested in revisiting some of them today. If you are an Amiga 1200/4000 user as well, then you’ll be happy to know that you can run the old MSX classics on your setup through an emulator.

First we need to get hold of an emulator. You can find it for free at Aminet.net:

Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

AmiMSX 3.1 (AGA) – http://aminet.net/misc/emu/AmiMSX.lha (This is a registered version, all good to go! It was developed by Juan Antonio Gomez Galvez)

This one works great on my setup, which is an Amiga 1200 with an ACA1221 from Individual Computers.

Once downloaded or copied onto your HD, access its location and unpack it to the destination of your choice. Then run the install-script and follow the prompts.

Screenshot of the icons by Old School Game Blog

When done, head over to the directory where you’ve installed AmiMSX and double-click on the main icon. The program will then launch.

If you want detailed information concerning the emulator, an AmigaGuide file is included.

There are a few cartridges and disks included in the AmiMSX package to get you started, like Ark-A-Noah, an Arkanoid type of game.

Now, let’s give the emulator a spin! 🙂

The intro-screen of the program (photo by Old School Game Blog)
The main menu (photo by Old School Game Blog)

As you can see from the picture above, you have a lot of settings. I found setting ROM to MSX1 and just inserting a virtual cartridge or floppy, then clicking Power ON worked great for old MSX 1 games. Games ran fast without any need to make adjustments. If you have an MSX2, select MSX2 in ROM and increase RAM if you want. 🙂

The credits! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

As for the first game to try, let us give the legendary Boulder Dash a go!

Let’s play Boulder Dash! (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Nice! The MSX 1 is starting up! (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Screenshot by Old School Game Blog
Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

The game runs beautifully! 🙂 One of my favorites from back when the MSX was my main computer.

A good excuse to take a quick photo of the keyboard. 🙂 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

To leave a game, press the “Help”-key on your Amiga and you’ll return to the main menu of the emulator.

Here you can see a map of the keys in the emulator:

The picture is from the AmiMSX archive.

Let us try one of the games bundled with the emulator, namely Ark-A-Noah for the MSX 2.

Screenshot by Old School Game Blog
Screenshot by Old School Game Blog
Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

I must say the game ran well here and it was fun too! The MSX platform surely has a wide range of cool games. My favorites are titles like Salamander, Knightmare, Blow-Up and Boulder Dash to name a few.

It’s time to stop writing now, but I hope you found this text helpful or hopefully of inspiration to get you to try out some emulation of MSX on your Amiga. 🙂

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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