Konami's TurboGrafx-16 Mini retro console gets a new May 22 release date

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Konami evidently hoped to capitalize on that demand when it unveiled the TurboGrafx-16 MinI back in June of 2019. A month later, the compact retro console received a full list of included games and a March 19, 2020, release date.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen complications caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Konami was forced to delay the TurboGrafx-16 indefinitely. The company's China-based manufacturing and shipping facilities were impacted by the outbreak, leading to an "unavoidable suspension" of their operations.

However, as the world has begun to stabilize (slowly) in the wake of this economically-devastating virus (which is still a threat, to be clear), it seems Konami is finally ready to start shipping the consoles out. The units will start to arrive on customer doorsteps on May 22, according to Konami's PC Engine (the Japanese name for the TurboGrafx-16) Twitter account.

For now, Konami is only confirming a North American launch, but the company is "keeping a close eye on the situation" in Europe, so expect more news on a broader launch shortly.

If you haven't purchased one of the units yet and you're interested in playing some classic TurboGrafx-16 games, such as Bomberman 93, Space Harrier, Neutopia, or Dungeon Explorer, you can pre-order one of the consoles now on Amazon for $99.

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QuantumPhysics

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I got my Turbografx 16 mini in the mail a few days ago.

The price was supposed to be under $100. I bought it at $169 and had it shipped from Japan because it wasn't properly released here in America and is back ordered on Amazon.

I also, still have my original TG16, but I only had 4 games for it: Dead Moon, Keith Courage, Soldier Blade and Neutopia. I was very disappointed the mini doesn't include Keith Courage or Dead Moon.

since I bought mine, prices have skyrocketed past $200.
 

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I wonder how long it will be before someone hacks it and let's us add games and emulators for other systems. I have the snes mini and I used the hack so it can play a ton of retro systems.
 

QuantumPhysics

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I wonder how long it will be before someone hacks it and let's us add games and emulators for other systems. I have the snes mini and I used the hack so it can play a ton of retro systems.
I think the best system to hack and add emulators to would be the SNES Classic.

The controller has enough buttons to map functions for the TG16, Genesis, NES and most other systems of the time and the sound and graphics were the best of the bunch.