ASCII Japanese MSX-Write II
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Japanse MSX-Write II is a cartridge released in 1988 by ASCII that can be used on any MSX2 and higher computer with at least 64kB RAM and 128kB VRAM.

Just like it predecessor MSX-Write it has MSX-JE, but this time has both Kanji-ROM Level 1 and 2. It also has battery backed 32kB SRAM, and a newer version of the Japanese Word Processor.

A double dipswitch on the cartridge allows to disable the Kanji-ROM Level 1 alone or both Levels 1 and 2, so you are able to use the Word Processor also on a machine that has a built-in Kanji-ROM.

Launch price: ¥24,800 (Registered owners of MSX-Write I could trade in their V1 for 12,000 yen.)


The menu of the Japanese Word Processor has 4 options:

  • Access to the Word Processor
  • Settings - you can choose to work in 30 or 40 characters mode and 3 different layouts are available, it is also possible to enable or disable the lauching of the Word Processor when you boot the computer
  • Kanji Utility - you can choose between a 16 dot mode and a 24 dot mode
  • Access to MSX-BASIC

The Word Processor can be accessed from BASIC with CALL WRITE or _WRITE. In this case, the intro screen is bypassed and you go directly to the menu.



ASCII MSX-Write II box
ASCII MSX-Write II PCB underside
ASCII MSX-Write II switch
ASCII MSX-Write II packaging


MSX-Write II Intro screen
MSX-Write II Menu
MSX-Write II Settings
MSX-Write II Word Processor layout 1
MSX-Write II Word Processor layout 2
MSX-Write Word II Processor layout 3
MSX-Write II Kanji Utility
MSX-Write II Kanji Utility 16 dot mode
MSX-Write II Kanji Utility 24 dot mode
MSX-Write II Work screen after pressing on ESC
MSX-Write II Word Processor 40 column mode