The pattern for the Sharp X68000 can be found at the bottom of this article.
I lived in Osaka, Japan roughly from 2000 - 2005 and I loved to visit Den Den Town, Osaka’s amazing electrics district. Thankfully for my pocketbook, I wasn’t a hardcore collector of video games at the time. I would usually visit the district to hunt for film photography gear (35mm and medium format, lomo), old Japanese pop mini CD-singles (Chara, UA, Spitz to name a few), and “collectable” Pepsiman bottletops. If you were in the market for Maid Cafe’s, Anime Shops, or 8 floors of pornography, it was all to be found in Den Den Town.
Even though vintage tech was not the mission, it did not prevent me from window shopping and drooling over the vintage tech. Den Den Town is the only place I have ever played a Vectrex or the Atari Jaguar. In the shops of Den Den Town, I was easily able to survey all the vintages of PC Engine, Nintendo’s Pong consoles, Wonderswans, and NEO GEOs, oh my!
It was only once I got back to Canada and through YouTube, learned about the Sharp X68000. This machine is a real arcade powerhouse with it’s many arcade perfect ports. For years, I was relegated to listening to my favorite X68000 soundtracks like Overtake, Akumajo Dracula, Phalanx, Asuka120% Burning Fest, Genocide 2 and Magical Blocks Carat. Most of what I knew about the system was shrouded in mystery until I set up my RetroPie system. Now that I can play many of these games myself, I can agree that this machine would have been an amazing thing to behold back in that late 80’s when it was first released. Both my girlfriend and I love playing Bukame Death, an obscure X68000 exclusive.
A papercraft version of this machine is sufficient to scratch my itch to buy a machine of my own. Honestly, the logistics of running such exotic hardware outside of Japan is well beyond the scope of my time or money reserves.
I don’t know if this model will have the ability to “Make Your Dream Come True” as advertised on the side of the case, but it’s a pretty fun activity and a great way to learn a little more about this standout system. This papercraft features interchangeable screens and detachable speakers so you can further customize your X68000 experience.
Download the Sharp X68000 papercraft HERE.
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