Konami Releasing a Mini Version of TurboGrafx-16 With Pre-Loaded Games


The original TG-16 was developed by Hudson Soft and NEC, however, in 2002 Konami purchased Hudson and later took over operations in 2012. But what about the minority of 90s children who spent their weekends with a TurboGrafx-16 instead? In Japan, it actually outsold the Sega Master System and the Mega Drive. There were over 15 different models, including some with support for CDs.

Yet more retro mini consoles continue to be announced.

A release date has yet to be confirmed. It's a booming market, and even the most niche consoles can get a piece of it.

Known as the PC Engine in Japan and the TurboGrafx-16 in North America, distribution issues and the dominance of Sega and Nintendo meant NEC's late '80s home console could not find the worldwide audience it might have otherwise deserved. Meanwhile, the PC Engine Mini in Japan is getting Rondo of Blood. One of the oddities is that Bonk's Adventure was only announced for the Japanese edition at this time.

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The TurboGrafx-16 was known as the PC Engine in Japan and proved very popular there. Nonetheless, it has a solid library of games, many of which received a second lease of life when they came to the Nintendo Wii and Wii U Virtual Consoles.

Now don't get us wrong, the TurboGrafx16 was an unbelievable piece of technology way back in the early 1990's, but much like it's contemporaries, they eventually fell to the wayside thanks to the Console War between Nintendo and Sega.

Right now. Konami is current holder of the rights to the PC Engine....the TurboGrafx's original name before a marketing team decided it needed to be made clearer how turbo its graphics were. Will it join your collection of great mini consoles?