Chalk this up as yet another very unexpected announcement out of this year’s E3: Konami is releasing a mini TurboGrafx-16 console, known outside of the US as PC Engine.
Released in Japan in 1987 and then made available elsewhere in subsequent years, the TurboGrafx-16 or PC Engine was a cartridge-based video game console designed by Hudson Soft and manufactured and marketed by NEC Home Electronics. It competed with SEGA and Nintendo’s 16-bit offerings available at the time, but didn’t fare too well outside of Japan. It was also the first console to receive a CD-ROM add-on.
Konami’s take on the machine will fit into the palm of your hand, though it does feature a full-sized controller. In the US it will be released as the TurboGrafx-16 mini, but in European countries it will be the PC Engine Core Grafx mini. In Japan it will simply be the PC Engine mini. Each variation will look like a tiny version of the console released in the respective territories.
Six games have been announced for the retro console at the moment, with more to be announced soon. They are:
- New Adventure Island
- Ninja Spirit
- Ys Book 1 & 2
- Dungeon Explorer
- Alien Crush
More information about the console will be released at a later date, including pricing and availability, so keep your eyes and ears open if you want to find out more. You can also visit Konami’s website.