Not to be outdone by the Nintendo, Sony, and Sega, Konami is releasing their very own classic mini console, aptly named the Turbo Grafx-16 Mini. The mini will release first in Japan under the moniker PC Engine Mini, then to Europe with the North American market soon to follow. The games announced so far include:
- New Adventure Island
- Ninja Spirit
- Ys Book I and II
- Dungeon Explorer
- Alien Crush
The TGFX-16 games such as Castlevania and Dracula X: Rondo of Blood will be exclusive to each version of the mini console. The PC Engine was designed by Hudson Soft and manufactured by NEC in 1987 and was released two years later in the United States under the Turbo Grafx-16 name. The mini version will sport two (2) USB ports for controllers and a five-way multitap adaptor.
While the TGFX-16 had a niche following, it was never able to get a foothold in the US market despite aggressive marketing by the trio of NEC, Konami, and Hudson Soft. The system’s main mascot, Bonk, was a commercial success but lacked the popularity of Mario and Sonic. Despite being relegated to third place behind Nintendo’s SNES and Sega’s Genesis, the console produced several memorable games, including Bonk’s Adventure, R-Type, Splatterhouse, Keith Courage, Blazing Lazers among others. The system was discontinued in the Spring of 1994.
Since Konami was the biggest supporter of the original TGFX-16, they will have sole distribution rights to the upcoming mini console. No word yet on specific regional games, pricing, or release dates.