Preservation Efforts
This page was last modified 22:47, 18 April 2018 by FiXato. Based on work by Rderooy and Mars2000you.



As hardware will not last forever, Hardware preservation is mainly done by emulating the original hardware. See the list of MSX Emulators.

However quite a lot of hardware was made for the MSX, so obviously not all of that hardware had been emulated. Some simply because nobody has ever made a ROM dump, others because they are no longer relevant (e.g. Modems). You can see here for a list of equipment not emulated.

If you have access to any MSX computer or expansions that are not emulated and are willing to assist, please let it be known on the forums here such that we can guide you through taking a ROM dump and gathering the necessary data required to enable emulation. There is a thread here to get you started.


Various efforts exist to preserve not only the software itself, but also the metadata (data about the data) such as cover and manual scans. Below is a list of groups and websites that target MSX.

In addition to the websites and groups listed below there are some generic, gaming oriented websites that also cover MSX.


D-MSX is a Spanish effort to catalog MSX software. They do not provide software downloads.


Generation-MSX aims to preserve metadata about MSX software, MSX hardware and MSX publications (books and magazines). It is considered the most complete database available for this purpose. This includes preserving cover and media scans and photos, but also cheats, tips and maps. Generation-MSX however does not provide software downloads, and does not link to them.

MSX Games World

MSX Games World is a Spanish effort to catalog MSX software (mainly Games), although the website is in English. Unlike the majority of websites they do provide downloads.


No-Intro is similar in many ways to TOSEC (below). But unlike TOSEC they only want to keep the perfect copy. That means they want the version without any hacks and with the copy protection intact. Just like TOSEC they only publish a DAT file with metadata that you can use with a "ROM Manager" to compare it with the software you have. They do not publish any software archives.


Tagoo is a Japanese effort to catalog MSX software released in Japan. They do not provide downloads.


TOSEC is an initiative to catalogue and preserve software (games or otherwise) and firmware for all systems, including MSX. They publish a DAT file for the various systems which contains metadata only (title, year and developer or publisher and a sha1sum of the software in question). The group is not concerned with preserving a perfect copy, and will happily list multiple version including hacked and cracked copies.

While the group will publish the DAT files, they don't publish the actual game files. However archives with software matching the DAT files can typically be found on the internet with little effort. There are "ROM Managers" programs that will compare the DAT files to the software you have.

While the project is fairly active, typically putting out several releases a year, the MSX side has been rather quiet the last number of years.

Japanese Game Preservation Society

The Japanese Game Preservation Society's goal is to preserve Japanese video games for all platforms, including MSX. This includes developing techniques to archive the data. The data they preserve is not made publicly available.