TurboGrafx-16

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TurboGrafx-16
DesignerHudson Soft
ManufacturerNEC
CPU1.79 MHz/7.16 MHz HuC6280
GraphicsUp to 565×242, 512 colors
RAM8 KB
MediaHuCard
CD-ROM with addon
ReleaseJP: October 30, 1987
NA: August 29, 1989
France: November 22, 1989
UK/Spain: 1990
Added to museumNot yet

The TurboGrafx-16, known as the TurboGrafx in the United Kingdom and Spain, and as the PC Engine in Japan and France, was a video game console developed by Hudson Soft and manufactured by NEC. It was released in Japan on October 30, 1987, in North America on August 29, 1989, in France on November 22, 1989, and in the United Kingdom and Spain in 1990.

Development

In July 1987, Hudson Soft developed the C62 System, which would become the development kit for the PC Engine, the name the system was given when NEC released it in Japan on October 30, 1987. It would later be released outside of Japan as the TurboGrafx-16, however, it retained the PC Engine brand name in France.

Legacy of the TurboGrafx-16

The legacy of the TurboGrafx-16 remains, even after its heyday. Independent, unlicensed games continue to be produced for the system to this day.

Konami, the parent company of Hudson Soft, capitalized on the system's continuing popularity with a dedicated console that contained modern hardware with an emulator designed by M2 to run the included games. The TurboGrafx-16 Mini, released as the PC Engine Mini in Japan and the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini in Europe and Oceania, was released worldwide in 2020. The Japanese version featured fifty-eight built-in games, while the international versions featured fifty-seven. It had an HDMI display output for high definition televisions and contained one replica USB controller.

Emulated TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to the Museum Notes
Air Zonk Red Company
Naxat Soft
1992 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Alien Crush Compile 1989 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Alright! Gateball Hudson Soft 1988 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Blazing Lazers Compile 1989 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Bomberman '93 Hudson Soft 1992 August 21, 2013 TurboGrafx-16. For the Wii Virtual Console.
Bomberman '94 Hudson Soft 1993 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Bonk's Adventure Red Company
Atlus
1989 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Bonk's Revenge Red Company
Mutech
1991 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Cadash Taito 1991 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Chew Man Fu Now Production 1990 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
China Warrior Hudson Soft 1989 May 1, 2020 TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Dragon Spirit Namco 1988 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Dungeon Explorer Atlus 1989 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine and TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Fantasy Zone Sega
NEC Avenue
1988 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Galaga '88 Namco 1988 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
The Genji and the Heike Clans Namco 1992 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
The Legend of Valkyrie Namco 1990 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Military Madness Hudson Soft 1989
1990
May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Neutopia Hudson Soft 1989
1990
May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Neutopia II Hudson Soft 1991
1992
May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
TurboGrafx-16. For the PC Engine Mini.
Ninja Gaiden Tecmo 1992 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Soldier Blade Hudson Soft 1992 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Space Harrier Sega
NEC Avenue
1988 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Splatterhouse Namco 1990 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Super Momotarō Electric Railway II Hudson Soft 1991 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.
Super Star Soldier Kaneko 1990 May 1, 2020 PC-Engine. For the PC Engine Mini.