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Gundam RX-78

The Gundam RX-78 was originaly a very popular manga animation movie from the 80's. Bandai then marketed a personal computer under this name...

Little is known about this small computer. Since the Gundam Rx-78 was only sold in Japan nearly all the information currently comes from Japanese websites.

The capabilities of the RX-78 were not bad at all for 1983, and the space between the keys offered the possibility to use keyboard overlays with games or applications, except maybe for complaints about the poor keyboard quality.

It appears that there were two cartridge slots at the back of the system. One slot was often used for the BS Basic programming language and the other could be used for special expansion cartridges (to connect a printer for example).

The BS-Basic cartridge was also equipped with connectors to plug a tape-recorder into the RX-78.

While games were the main software developed for this computer an asian brand word processor was also available.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.
NAME  Gundam RX-78
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  September 1983
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  BS-BASIC delivered on cartridge
KEYBOARD  QWERTY chicklet keyboard, 61 keys
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  4.1Mhz
RAM  30 kb
ROM  8 kb
TEXT MODES  30 x 23
GRAPHIC MODES  192 x 184
SOUND  3 voices (4 octaves) + 1 noise generator
SIZE / WEIGHT  286 x 210 x 48.5 mm / 1.5kg
I/O PORTS  2 joysticks sockets, 2 x cartridge slots, RF video, video & sound (RCA)
PRICE  59800 yens (Japan, 1983)

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