In Europe, the 16-bit console war was a two-man battle between the SNES and Mega Drive. Things were different in Japan and America, with the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine also trying to hold its own.

On 19th March 2020, European gamers finally get a piece of TurboGrafx-16 pie – albeit under the guise of the PC Engine Core Grafx mini – thanks to Konami giving the legendary, previously import-only, system the ‘microconsole’ treatment.

Ahead of pre-orders going live on Amazon next Monday (15th July – Amazon Prime Day), the full software line-up has been confirmed.

In an unexpected twist, the mini console contains 24 TurboGrafx-16 games playable in English, and 26 untranslated Japanese PC Engine titles. It’s a peculiar move, especially when one of the PC Engine’s highlights is Hideo Kojima’s Snatcher – a text-heavy adventure game.

Thankfully, the majority of other titles are 2D shooters and action games (hello, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood) that are perfectly playable despite being untranslated.

The instances of overlap are more concerning. Both the Japanese and US versions of Neutopia, Neutopia II, and Ys Book I&II feature, taking up valuable slots. As we said, it’s a peculiar move.

It is at least pleasing to see that Konami has struck deals with other publishers, allowing the likes of Capcom’s Ghouls ‘N Ghosts, SEGA’s Space Harrier, and Taito’s Parasol Stars to be included.

As a whole, it’s a pretty enticing catalogue filled with classics and curios. Take a look:

TurboGrafx-16 Titles (in English)

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman ‘93
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Cadash
  • Chew-Man-Fu
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • J.J. & Jeff
  • Lords Of Thunder
  • Military Madness (Nectaris)
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Parasol Stars
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Soldier Blade
  • Space Harrier
  • Victory Run
  • Ys Book I&II

PC Engine Titles (in Japanese)

  • Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)
  • Aldynes
  • Appare! Gateball
  • Bomberman ‘94
  • Bomberman Panic Bomber
  • Chō Aniki
  • Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘N’ Ghosts)
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
  • Gradius (Nemesis)
  • Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō (Nemesis II)
  • Jaseiken Necromancer
  • Nectaris (Military Madness)
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • Ninja Ryūkenden (Ninja Gaiden)
  • PC-Genjin (Bonk)
  • Salamander
  • Snatcher
  • Star Parodier (Fantasy Star Soldier)
  • Super Darius
  • Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
  • Super Star Soldier
  • The Kung Fu (China Warrior)
  • Ys I&II

A trio of accessories will also launch alongside the system, including a Turbo Controller, a Multi-Tap and an official AC adaptor. There’s no word on pricing, but around £80 for the console seems likely.

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