Preorders Live For TurboGrafx-16 mini

Update: now with more games!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 08/09/2019 18:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Update: We recently reported in error that the full software lineup for Konami’s upcoming TurboGrafx-16 mini was revealed, when in fact there were still a handful of games yet to be unveiled. Now, we can finally peel back the curtain on the remaining seven titles that fans can look forward to playing:

  1. Dragon Spirit
  2. The Genji and the Heike Clans
  3. The Legend of Valkyrie
  4. Galaga ‘88
  5. Splatterhouse
  6. Seirei Senshi Spriggan
  7. Spriggan Mark 2

This brings the final software roster up to 57 games! The overall lineup is a really interesting mix of games and should be a delight to retro enthusiasts who may have never played them. What’s more, developer M2, the outfit responsible for emulation across countless retro consoles and in the eShop, will also be handling development duties for the TurboGrafx-16 mini. For full details, read the original story, below.

Originally published July 26, 2019

The retro console renaissance continues unabated. Sega’s upcoming Genesis/Mega Drive Mini is slated for September 19 of this year, the Capcom Home Arcade hits shelves shortly thereafter on October 25, and now Konami is getting in on the action with its upcoming TurboGrafx-16 mini! Bask in the wonder of this lineup trailer:

Now, as awesome as this is, to be fair, the proclamation of 50 games is slightly misleading. As Konami puts it on the official website for the system, 24 of these games are English TurboGrafx-16 games while 26 are Japanese PC Engine titles. The PC Engine being the name of the TurboGrax-16 in its homeland, for those who might be wondering. What makes the notion of getting 50 games arguably iffy is that some of these titles overlap; meaning, the mini comes with both the Japanese and English versions of certain games. Here’s the full list of TurboGrafx-16 software:

  1. Alien Crush
  2. Victory Run
  3. Blazing Lazers
  4. Neutopia
  5. Dungeon Explorer
  6. R-Type
  7. Moto Roader
  8. Power Golf
  9. Ys book I&II
  10. Ninja Spirit
  11. J.J. & Jeff
  12. Space Harrier
  13. Military Madness
  14. Chew-Man-Fu
  15. Psychosis
  16. Bonk’s Revenge
  17. Parasol Stars
  18. Cadash
  19. New Adventure Island
  20. Air Zonk
  21. Neutopia II
  22. Soldier Blade
  23. Lords of Thunder
  24. Bomberman ’93

And here’s the list of PC Engine titles (which, to repeat, are in Japanese):

  1. The Kung Fu
  2. Jaseiken Necromancer
  3. Fantasy Zone
  4. Appare! Gateball
  5. Nectaris
  6. Dungeon Explorer
  7. Neutopia
  8. PC Genjin
  9. Ys I・II
  10. Super Darius
  11. Super Star Soldier
  12. Daimakaimura
  13. Aldynes
  14. Neutopia II
  15. Gradius
  16. Salamander
  17. Super Momotaro Dentetsu II
  18. Ninja Ryūkenden *Japanese ver. of NINJA GAIDEN
  19. Star Parodier
  20. Snatcher
  21. Gradius II – Gofer no Yabō –
  22. Chō Aniki
  23. Akumajō Dracula X Chi no Rondo
  24. Bomberman ’94
  25. Bomberman Panic Bomber
  26. Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire

It’s a quirky decision, certainly, but still a fun way of reliving one of the more obscure (or perhaps lesser known is a better description) catalogues of games from the past 30 years. Konami is selling three total variants with the European PC Engine Core Grafx mini rounding out the trio. The retro console will only be available via Amazon, so follow this link if you’re interested in procuring one. Keep in mind that it’s possible to get all three iterations (and the accompanying lineups of games) if you can navigate having different Amazon accounts in multiple regions.

The TurboGrafx-16 mini launches March 19, 2020 and will sell for $99.99. There’s also the possibility to purchase a multitap and extra controllers for games like Bomberman ’94, so be sure to keep an eye out when shopping. The console is promising a Quick Save feature as well as a host of visual display options, as is now common with these retro systems.

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