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1994 - 5th generation system
The NEC PC-FX is a 32-bit home video game console developed and manufactured by NEC Corporation. It was released in Japan on December 23, 1994, and was the successor to NEC's PC Engine console. The PC-FX was not released outside of Japan, and it did not achieve the same level of success as its predecessor. The PC-FX featured hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and was capable of displaying up to 24-bit color. It also had a built-in CD-ROM drive, which allowed for the use of full-motion video and higher quality audio in games. The console also featured a unique "dual media" system, which allowed games to be released on both CD-ROMs and HuCards (the proprietary format used by the PC Engine). The PC-FX had a relatively small library of games, and many of the titles that were released were ports of PC Engine games. The console also struggled to compete with the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, which were released around the same time and had a much larger library of games and better marketing. The PC-FX was discontinued in 1998 and NEC decided to focus on other areas of their business. Today, the PC-FX is considered a rarity and is sought after by collectors. Some games that were released for the NEC PC-FX include: "Mahou Kishi Rayearth" - This was a RPG based on the anime and manga series of the same name. It featured a turn-based battle system and full motion video cutscenes. "Panic!" - This was a side-scrolling action game that featured a wide variety of weapons and enemies. "The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny" - This was a 2D action-adventure game, where the player takes the role of a firefighter, running around and fighting fires. "Kishin Douji Zenki: Vajura Fight" - This was a fighting game based on the anime and manga series of the same name. "Galaxy Fraulein Yuna FX" - It's a RPG based on the anime and manga series, featuring a turn-based battle system and full-motion video cutscenes. "F/A" - This was a flight simulator game that featured realistic flight physics and a wide variety of aircraft to fly. "Brandish" - This is a RPG, featuring action elements and full-motion video cutscenes. It's worth noting that the PC-FX had a relatively small library of games. Many of the titles that were released were ports of PC Engine games, or games based on anime and manga series that were popular in Japan.