The TurboGrafx-16 Mini, a retro revival of the classic Japanese game console announced last month, is scheduled for release on March 19, 2020, Konami announced it today. The complete game list is also out and contains 50 titles. We are still waiting for the prize, but it will probably cost somewhere in the stadium of the Sega Genesis Mini and other retro consoles.
What is particularly striking in this piece of news is that we now know that the console will have the same mix of English and Japanese titles in the Europe, Japan and American versions of the mini console, so that owners can play the rare Hideo Kojima title Snatchers in its original form. Another oddity in the setup is both the English and Japanese versions of the classic RPG Ys I & II.
The console was originally developed in collaboration with NEC Home Electronics and Hudson Soft and was released in 1987. Konami was then one of the few prominent game developers who helped the TurboGrafx-16, known as the PC engine in Japan, compete with and even catch up with Nintendo and Sega in the home console market. So it makes sense that the company strives to revive it now at the height of the retro console craze, since many of the early bestsellers were released exclusively for the device.
Unfortunately, the time was unpleasant for the TurboGrafx-16 and is now mainly remembered as one of the disasters in the early Japanese console winds in the late 1980s & # 39; 80. Yet it is home to some rare gems in classic gaming, and now you can get 50 of those titles, with 24 English titles for the TurboGrafx-16 and 26 Japanese titles for the PC engine on the same device.
The console comes with your standard quick save function, so you don't have to play every title at once. Konami also offers a multiplayer for five players with a multi-tap accessory sold separately, reminiscent of the 1989 TurboTab accessory, Polygon notes.
You will be able to pre-order the console from July 15 if you are a member of Amazon Prime, and North and South America will get the TurboGraf-16 Mini while selected European countries will get the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini. Japan gets a slightly different version of the European version that is simply called the PC Engine Mini.