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Konami Announces the TurboGrafx16 Mini

Unfortunately, this isn't April Fools.

by Alex Levine

 

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In an announcement that arguably no one needed or wanted, Konami has revealed that they are producing a brand new console. Well, a mini classic console, the TurboGrafx16 Mini. We aren’t making this up, as the company unveiled the system in a special Twitch E3 presentation that received little to no applause when they showed it.

Now don’t get us wrong, the TurboGrafx16 was an amazing piece of technology way back in the early 1990’s, but much like it’s contemporaries, they eventually fell to the wayside thanks to the Console War between Nintendo and Sega. For some reason, Konami thinks that it’s time to bring back this ancient hardware and release it as a classic mini console. Them problem it had wasn’t so much the lack of graphical prowess, but instead the lack of good games to contend in the market.

On top of that, the company is making three different versions, to coincide with the three separate iterations of the TurboGrafx16 which was also known as the PC Engine. 6 games have been announced for the console, with a promise of more to come at a later date. Here are the six confirmed titles for the TurboGrafx16 Mini:

  • R-Type
  • Ys Book I & II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Alien Crush
  • Dungeon Explorer

The Japanese version, similar to other mini classic consoles, will have their own lineup that differs to the North American version, specifically Bonk and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. We’d like to reiterate that all of these titles are great in their own right, but we’re not sure if this justifies a complete re-release of a long forgotten system. Still, if Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and other can do it, then why not Konami. After all, they don’t seem to be doing anything else these days besides reliving their glory days with classic collections and remakes of their old titles. No release date was given, but we’re sure to learn more as the year goes on, for better or worse.

You can check out the reveal trailer here:

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