TurboGrafx-16 Mini

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Turbo Grafx-16 Mini
Also known asPC Engine Mini (PCエンジン mini, Pī Shī Enjin mini), PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini
DeveloperKonami, M2
ManufacturerKonami
TypeDedicated console
Release date
  • JP: March 19, 2020
  • NA: May 22, 2020
  • EU: June 5, 2020
Lifespan2020–present
Introductory priceUS$100
99.99
£99
¥10,500
Controller input2 USB controller ports (up to five through a new Multi Tap)
PowerUSB Micro-B
Dimensions240 mm x 156 mm x 35 mm (TG-16 Mini)
120 mm × 115 mm × 35 mm (PCE Mini, PCE CoreGrafx Mini)

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini, also known as the PC Engine Mini (PCエンジン mini, Pī Shī Enjin mini) in Japan and PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini in Europe, is a dedicated home video game console by Konami modeled on NEC's TurboGrafx-16, which was designed by Hudson Soft, a video game developer which Konami acquired in 2012. The Mini emulates the original console's 8-bit hardware. The Japanese model contains 58 games in total while the international models contain 57. The Mini was originally set to be released worldwide on March 19, 2020, exclusively through Amazon,[1] but was delayed everywhere except for Japan because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was shipped in North America on May 22, 2020, and in Europe on June 5, 2020.

Hardware[edit]

The Mini is half the size of the original TurboGrafx-16 video game console and can support two controllers (instead of one) out of the box.[2] It includes one full-size replica controller (that connects through USB, so that original controllers are incompatible), a USB-to-Micro-B power cable and an HDMI video cable. Sold exclusively through Amazon, there are separate Mini console releases for North America, Europe and Japan, as the Mini and its included controller that reproduces the original console's regional decal and color variations.[2]

Games[edit]

Sixty titles were announced between all regions for the Mini, 54 of which are unique.[clarification needed] Konami lists the titles either under the category of "TurboGrafx-16" for the American games or "PC Engine" for the Japanese games; though this listing is heavily simplified as TurboGrafx-CD/CD-ROM², Super CD-ROM², Arcade CD-ROM² and SuperGrafx titles are also included on all regions of the Mini. The Japanese model includes 24 TurboGrafx-16 (American) games and 34 PC Engine (Japanese) games for a total of 58 games. The international model, however, includes 25 TurboGrafx-16 (American) games and 32 PC Engine (Japanese) games for a total of 57 games. Five of the games are counted twice by Konami as they are available in both their TurboGrafx-16 (American) and PC Engine (Japanese) versions on all regions' models. The title Splatterhouse is also technically counted twice, with the uncensored PC Engine (Japanese) version being exclusive to the Japanese model and the censored TurboGrafx-16 (American) version being exclusive to the international models. In addition, three of the other PC Engine (Japanese) games are also exclusive to a specific region, with Tokimeki Memorial and Tengai Makyō II: Manji Maru being exclusive to the Japanese model and Salamander being exclusive to the international models. Aside from Splatterhouse and the five games listed as two game titles, all TurboGrafx-16 listed games remain in English only and all PC Engine listed games remain in Japanese only respectively on all region's model of the Mini (even if both an English and Japanese version exist due to the game being released in both regions during the original console's lifespan). Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Includes a mini-game named "Akumajyo Dracula Peke", Soldier Blade also has its Caravan edition, while Gradius, Fantasy Zone and Salamander have received arrangements listed as "near arcade" versions. These five alternative versions can be played by highlighting them and holding Select while booting the desired game.[3] Tokimeki Memorial and Salamander include the mini-games Force Gear and Twinbee Returns, which are available through cheat codes.

  • TG-16 = North American HuCard game for the TurboGrafx-16
  • TG-CD = North American CD-ROM game for the TurboGrafx-CD add-on
  • PCE = Japanese HuCard game for the PC Engine
  • PCE-CD = Japanese CD-ROM game for the CD-ROM² add-on or Super CD-ROM² add-on
  • PCE-CDA = Arcade CD-ROM² (Japanese CD-ROM game for the Super CD-ROM² add-on with Arcade Card upgrade)
  • SGFX = SuperGrafx-exclusive HuCard game
Game Copyright Version TurboGrafx-16 /
Core Grafx Mini[4][5]
PC Engine Mini[6]
Air Zonk Konami/RED TG-16 Yes Yes
Aldynes Konami SGFX Yes Yes
Alien Crush Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Appare! Gateball Konami PCE Yes Yes
Blazing Lazers Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Bomberman '93 Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Bomberman '94 Konami PCE Yes Yes
Bomberman: Panic Bomber Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Bonk's Adventure Konami/RED PCE Yes Yes
Bonk's Revenge Konami/RED TG-16 Yes Yes
Cadash Taito TG-16 Yes Yes
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Chew Man Fu Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
China Warrior Konami PCE Yes Yes
Cho Aniki Extreme PCE-CD Yes Yes
Dragon Spirit Bandai Namco PCE Yes Yes
Dungeon Explorer Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
PCE Yes Yes
Fantasy Zone Sega PCE Yes Yes
Galaga '88 Bandai Namco PCE Yes Yes
The Genji and the Heike Clans Bandai Namco PCE Yes Yes
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Capcom SGFX Yes Yes
Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire Konami PCE-CDA Yes Yes
Gradius Konami PCE Yes Yes
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
J.J. & Jeff Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Jaseiken Necromancer Konami PCE Yes Yes
Lords of Thunder Konami/RED TG-CD Yes Yes
Military Madness Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
PCE Yes Yes
Moto Roader Extreme TG-16 Yes Yes
Neutopia Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
PCE Yes Yes
Neutopia II Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
PCE Yes Yes
New Adventure Island Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Ninja Gaiden Koei Tecmo PCE Yes Yes
Ninja Spirit Irem TG-16 Yes Yes
Parasol Stars Taito TG-16 Yes Yes
Power Golf Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Psychosis Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
R-Type Irem TG-16 Yes Yes
Salamander Konami PCE Yes No
Seirei Senshi Spriggan Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Snatcher Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Soldier Blade Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Space Harrier Sega TG-16 Yes Yes
Splatterhouse Bandai Namco TG-16 Yes No
PCE No Yes
Spriggan Mark 2: Re-Terraform Project Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Star Parodier Konami PCE-CD Yes Yes
Super Darius Taito PCE-CD Yes Yes
Super Momotarō Dentetsu II Konami PCE Yes Yes
Super Star Soldier Konami PCE Yes Yes
Tengai Makyō II: Manji Maru Konami PCE-CD No Yes
Tokimeki Memorial Konami PCE-CD No Yes
Valkyrie no Densetsu Bandai Namco PCE Yes Yes
Victory Run Konami TG-16 Yes Yes
Ys Book I & II Nihon Falcom TG-CD Yes Yes
PCE-CD Yes Yes

Production and release[edit]

The Mini was first announced at the E3 show in June 2019.[2] The announcement was part of a trend of releasing smaller versions of 1980s and 1990s retro video game consoles.[2]

Through its Japanese YouTube channel, Konami revealed all of the titles from the Mini's line-up, including American, European and Japanese line-ups. The Japanese game controller maker Hori also revealed some accessories for the Mini, including a Turbo Pad controller, a multitap that add the number of players up to five and an AC Adapter that accepts USB A to USB Micro-B connectors.[7] American[8] and European[9] representative stores of Hori Japan sell them through their area of continents coverage.

On March 6, 2020, Konami announced that the launch of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini and its peripheral accessories would be delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak.[10][11] The console was shipped in North America on May 22, 2020.[12] The CoreGrafx Mini was released in Europe on June 5, 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Sal (July 12, 2019). "TurboGrafx-16 mini / PC Engine CoreGrafx mini / PC Engine mini launches March 19, 2020". Gematsu. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Plunkett, Luke (June 11, 2019). "Konami Announces The Turbografx-16 Mini". Kotaku. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "『PCエンジン mini』、本日発売! 株式会社コナミデジタルエンタテインメント". Konami (in Japanese).
  4. ^ "TurboGrafx-16 Mini". Konami.
  5. ^ "PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini". Konami.
  6. ^ "PCエンジン mini(PC Engine Mini)". Konami (in Japanese).
  7. ^ "『PCエンジン mini』関連商品が登場!2020年3月19日発売!".
  8. ^ "Official TurboGrafx-16 mini Accessories".
  9. ^ "HORI UK". www.hori.co.uk. Archived from the original on July 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (March 6, 2020). "Konami delays PC Engine Core Grafx mini over coronavirus". Eurogamer. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  11. ^ @konamieu (March 6, 2020). "[Notice] We have added the notice "Regarding the manufacturing and shipping delays of the PC Engine Core Grafx mini products due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)" to the official website. Check here for more details: konami.com/games/pcemini/eu/en/ #CoreGrafx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Devore, Jordan (May 14, 2020). "The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is shipping next week in the US". Destructoid. Retrieved May 14, 2020.

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