The underdog of the 16- bit console wars, NEC’s TurboGrafx-16, is getting a retro re-release thanks to Konami. The company revealed the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, a smaller scale variation of the console launched stateside in 1989, at E3 2019 on Tuesday.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini will recreate the cult timeless console in a compact fashion comparable to the NES Classic, PlayStation Classic, and Sega Genesis Mini. It will come pre-loaded with traditional games and include a recreation of the initial TurboGrafx-16 gamepad. No need for a multi-tap though; the TurboGrafx-16 Mini comes withtwocontroller ports.
Konami confirmed five games up until now, and promises more are coming soon. Here’s what we understand will be included for sure:
- NewExperience Island
- Ninja Spirit
- YsBook I & II
- Dungeon Explorer
Naturally, we must expect TurboGrafx-16 classics likeBlazing Lasers,Bonk’s Adventure, andThe Famous Axeto be revealed in the future, so watch this space. Konami didn’t announce prices or release date for the TG-16 Mini.
The TurboGrafx-16 was based upon the PC Engine, which introduced in Japan in1987 The console was a lot more effective overseas than it remained in the States, where it battled the popular Sega Genesis and Super NES. Konami plans to release a PC Engine Mini in Japan, with a somewhat different video game lineup that currently consists ofSuper Star Soldier,China Warrior,Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, andBonk’s Adventure; and a PC Engine Core Grafx Miniin Europe.