Konami joins the mini console market with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini

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Known as the PC Engine when it was released in Japan in 1987, the original console, which was manufactured by NEC Home Electronics and designed by Hudson Soft, arrived in the US as the TurboGrafx-16 in 1989. It never found the same level of success in America as it did elsewhere, partly due to the console going up against the Sega Genesis and Super NES.

Konami acquired Hudson in 2005, which is why the gaming giant is behind the announcement.

As was the case back in the 1980s, the new console will be called the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in the US but will go by the name PC Engine Mini in Japan. In Europe, it will be the PC Engine Core Grafx. The device comes with two USB ports for the full-sized controllers and supports a five-way multiplayer adaptor.

There have been six titles announced for the North America/Europe version so far:

  • R-Type
  • Ys Book I & II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Alien Crush
  • Dungeon Explorer

The Japanese PC Engine Mini will get a different set of games:

  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Dracula X
  • The Kung Fu/China Warrior
  • Ys I & II
  • Super Star Soldier
  • Dungeon Explorer

Konami didn’t say when the TurboGrafx-16 Mini console might launch or how much it will cost but expect to find out more details over the coming months.

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Squid Surprise

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Fresh on the heels of the PS1 mini flop, we bring you.... the Turbo GrafX mini flop!!

Unless it starts at $30 - which I highly doubt - this is going to fail worse than the PS mini...
 
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I still have my Turbo Graphyx 16 and I still have the Hu cards: Keith Courage, Neutopia, Soldier Blade and Dead Moon.

Soldier Blade and Dead Moon were my favorite shooters aside from Gradius.

Neutopia was the first RPG I truly could enjoy. It was basically a Zelda-clone with better graphics and better sound quality.

It's actually a shame Turbo Graphyx 16 didn't turn out more titles on a regular basis cause it was actually a very good system with very good graphics and sound for the time. It's also a shame that they didn't have a second controller port...which in my opinion was downright stupid considering this came out after the NES.

I personally think that if China had been the manufacturing giant it was now, the Turbo Graphyx 16 would have done better because both it and the Turbo Express would have been cheaper. The ability to use Turbo Graphyx 16 games in the Turbo Express was actually a damn good gimmick.

When I think back to my enjoyment with this system there was very little not to like.

If the classic console includes at least the 4 games I had I'll definitely buy it.

The pre-3d polygon games age way better than the post-Playstation generation stuff.
 
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Hardware Geek

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I finally had to buy the PlayStation classic. For $30 and it's easily hacked, I just couldn't pass it up, and used my rewards points to pay for it so it was just over $6 out of pocket. Hell, it's worth it just for oddworld and metal gear solid at $30.

When this hits $30, I'll buy this too. I still have plenty of rewards points to blow anyway ;-).
 

rshmglsky

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I will probably buy two of these: a turbografx one and a pc engine model. Who cares everyone didn't get a Silent Hills game. I want this!
 
I finally had to buy the PlayStation classic. For $30 and it's easily hacked, I just couldn't pass it up, and used my rewards points to pay for it so it was just over $6 out of pocket. Hell, it's worth it just for oddworld and metal gear solid at $30.

When this hits $30, I'll buy this too. I still have plenty of rewards points to blow anyway ;-).

Metal Gear Solid without the Dual Shock Analog controller is like going fishing with a hook that has no reel.

The scene alone where Psycho Mantis asks you to place your controller on the floor... that was revolutionary back then.
 
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Metal Gear Solid without the Dual Shock Analog controller is like going fishing with a hook that has no reel.

The scene alone where Psycho Mantis asks you to place your controller on the floor... that was revolutionary back then.
That's fair. I do plan to get the 8bitdo adapter for it specifically because of the lack of analog sticks.