Nearly thirty years after its release in the United States in 1989, the TurboGrafx-16 is finally getting its own retro console courtesy of Konami.
The TurboGrafx-16 was the result of NEC partnering with Hudson Soft, a Japanese video game company, to make their own console in a time when everyone was doing it. Thanks to NEC, Hudson Soft had the funds it needed to create its own console using an advanced graphics chip which it had previously presented to Nintendo executives sometime earlier only to be turned down.
It was a decision that Nintendo would ultimately regret, as the TurboGrafx-16 would be released in 1987 in Japan and proceed to outsell the Famicom thanks to its great list of games supplied by the likes of Konami and Namco. While it saw tremendous success in the Japanese market, when it was released in the United States in 1989 it was overshadowed by the Sega Genesis, causing the company to halt plans to produce it within Europe.
Now, decades later, everyone can have one, just in mini size.
With the influx of retro consoles hitting the market today, this move isn't all that surprising. Given that many didn't really get the chance to experience the iconic console, this move is a welcome one, especially when you consider the amount of money it would take to experience the console to its fullest today. It will not only give people a chance to experience a piece of gaming history, but it will also give game designers a good idea of the demand for such games.
Through Polygon, we learn that Konami made the announcement at E3 and followed up by saying that while it has shared only six titles for the system so far, more are coming. While we don't know exactly when the console will be released worldwide, we do know that games like Ninja Spirit, Ys Book I & II, Dungeon Explorer, Alien Crush, New Adventure Island and R-Type will all be included in the console. Additionally, while a price point for the console wasn't shared either, its safe to say that it will keep in line with other retro consoles currently on the market in order to stay competitive.
Though many are excited by this announcement, it is a bit worrisome that the company didn't give a ballpark on the cost. Granted, buying the console and the games for it that you like will be far more than the retro console, but if Konami hopes to draw a consumer base they will have to ensure that the cost of the console stays reasonably low.