Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 Mini is now available to pre-order, exclusively through Amazon.
The $99.99 replica console releases March 19, 2020 and includes 50 games—26 of which are untranslated Japanese titles that appeared on T-G16’s counterpart in Japan, PC Engine.
TurboGraphx-16 games: 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, Moto Racer, Neutopia, Neutopia II, New Adventure Island, Ninja Spirit, Parasol Stars, Power Golf, Psychosis, R-Type, Soldier Blade, Space Harrier, Ys Book I & II.
PC Engine Games: Akumajo Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood), Aldynes, Appare! Gateball, Bomberman ‘94, Bomberman: Panic Bomber, Cho Aniki, Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘n Ghosts), Dungeon Explorer, Fantasy Zone, Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire, Gradius, Gradius II: Gofer no Yabo, Jaseiken Necromancer, The Kung Fu(China Warrior), Nectaris (Military Madness), Neutopia, Neutopia II, Ninja Ryukenden (Ninja Gaiden), Salamander, Snatcher, Star Parodier, Super Darius, Super Momotaro Dentetsu II, Super Star Soldier, Tooimeki Memorial, Ys I & II.
The system will include one controller, with additional controllers and a multi-tap planned to launch alongside the mini console.
I missed out on TurboGrafx-16 as a kid, and this mini console’s announcement had me excited to try some of the platform’s best games without breaking the bank on retro hardware and software. However, the majority of its game list—and the majority of quality titles—are in a language I want to learn to read but currently can’t. I’m sure I can fumble my way through most of the offerings, but I’m particularly disappointed by Snatcher, a game I’ve wanted to play since I saw it featured in Electronic Gaming Monthly as a child.
I know it’d be a lot to create English translations of these titles for something like a mini console, but owning Snatcher without being able to play it is a cruelty I won’t bestow upon myself. That said, Konami has compiled a great selection of games in an impressively authentic package.