PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

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PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16



Behold, Hudson Soft's glorious masterpiece.
Developer: NEC
Hudson Soft
Release Date: JP: October 30, 1987
NA: August 29, 1989 (As TurboGrafx-16)
FR: November 22, 1989
Successor: PC Engine SuperGrafx
Competitors: NES
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Sega Genesis
Generation: Fourth generation

The PC Engine, known as the TurboGrafx-16 in the U.S., is a console released by NEC in 1987. It competed with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.

Why It Rocks

  1. Although it's still powered by an 8-bit CPU, it is the very first 16-bit console to be released on the market, as it has a 16-bit GPU capable of displaying an impressive 512 simultaneous colors.
  2. The games are stored on cards, which are minimalistic and do not take up too much space.
  3. Called "The Holy Grail of Shooter Games" for a reason.
  4. It has a better sound chip than the Genesis, as well as a slightly more powerful processor so its games rarely exhibit much slowdown.
  5. It marked innovation by including a CD-ROM add-on, which allowed for an even more enhanced color palette and crystal clear voices.
  6. The controllers have built-in turbo switches.
  7. As said by the Angry Video Game Nerd, its library of games isn't as big, so it isn't as tainted, it doesn't have a lot of really bad games.
  8. Sleek design, especially the later Duo models. The original PC Engine is also known as one of the smallest consoles in the world.
  9. Usually, when you buy it on eBay, it comes with the five-port multitap. The system only has one controller port, so it's nice that the purchases available usually come with it.

Bad Qualities

  1. Its library of games isn't as big as its competitors'.
  2. The cables of the controllers are pretty short.
  3. Its add-on, the TurboGrafx-CD, flopped.


The console was extremely popular in Japan and it even outsold Sega's Mega Drive there. However it failed to catch on in North America due to the Sega vs. Nintendo war, and it never even got a PAL release outside of France.

If you are considering buying it, you might want to take a look at here first.




3 months ago
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This was Hudson Soft's glorious masterpiece.

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