Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Konami announces plug-and-play TurboGrafx-16 Mini

Konami announces plug-and-play TurboGrafx-16 Mini

The album got its title from a classic gaming console from the 1980s. It used an 8-bit CPU along with a 16-bit GPU. More than that, however, the console has become a collector favorite thanks to the quality game line-up; many of which will be included in this re-release.

NEC's console was not a huge success in the West, and it never came close to wresting control of the video games market from Nintendo and Sega. Japan and Europe also get a different design for the system's case itself, modeled after the squarish PC Engine, while USA customers will get the larger, rectangular TurboGrafx design.

Thirty years on from the birth of the PC Engine and Konami, which had provided Rondo of Blood as well as classic shoot'em up Gradius for the machine, is now in charge of producing an all-in-one retro remake. Numerous games on those systems, though, have been re-released in myriad forms for many different platforms over the years. Variants of the console will be available in Japan (known as the PC Engine mini) and some parts of Europe (as the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini) as well.

Now, as the mini console craze burns bright in both Eastern and Western markets, Konami decided to remake the classic console in a mini format, following Nintendo's hits with the NES Mini and SNES Mini and Sony's PlayStation Classic, more recently followed by Sega's announcement for the Mega Drive/Genesis Mini, as well as Atari's announcement for two other mini consoles.

According to Konami's official website for the system, the retro console comes with most of the most bells and whistles that its competitors have. The multi-tap add-on is sold separately. While five may seem to be an odd number of players compared to the usual two to four of other consoles, the original TurboGrafx-16 allowed for this as well.

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