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Complete list of Turbo Grafx-16 Video Games
Browse a complete list of our in-stock new and preowned TurboGrafx-16 games!
Import Turbo Grafx-16 (PC Engine) Video Games
While there were only just under 150 game released for the TurboGrafx-16 in North America, it’s Japanese counterpart, the PC Engine, has over 700! A HuCard Converter is required to play imported HuCard games on a US system, but CD based games are region free and therefore have no such limitation. Some highlights in the import category include one of the best console ports of Street Fighter II and what is considered one of the best games in the Castlevania series, Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (AKA Castlevania: Rondo of Blood).
Best Turbo Grafx-16 Video Games
The TurboGrafx-16 was home to many underrated gems of the 16-bit era, some of the best games the console had to offer include: Ninja Spirit, Splatterhouse, and Legendary Axe. The console is well known for it’s selection of impressive shoot-’em-up games such as R-Type, Raiden, Blazing Lazers, and possibly best of all as well as one of the rarest, the import game Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire.
10 Worst Turbo Grafx-16 Video Games?
It’s true that the TurboGrafx-16 is home to a lot of underrated classics, but not every game is perfect and some are far from it. All systems have a few games that should be avoided, and Turbo Grafx-16 is no different. Here’s 10 of the worst games on the console, in no particular order:
Rare Turbo Grafx-16 Video Games
Take a look at some of the more obscure and valuable titles from the TurboGrafx-16 library, such as Magical Chase, The Dynastic Hero, Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure, and Beyond Shadowgate.
Turbo Grafx-16 Hardware
There are quite a few different models of the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine hardware available. In North America after the release of the basic TurboGrafx-16 system (1989) the TurboGrafx-CD add-on (1990) was released to add support for CD-ROM games. The other North American variations are the TurboGrafx-16/CD combo unit, the TurboDuo (1992), and the handheld system, the Turbo Express (1990). In Japan there were far more variations released.
The basic PC Engine had 4 different models, the original (1987), the “Shuttle” (1989), which had a different expansion port not compatible with the CD add-ons, and the CoreGrafx (1989) and CoreGrafx II (1991), which were both similar to the original PC Engine but sported a different color scheme and added an AV output where the original only used RF. An upgraded version of the PC Engine was released as well called the SuperGrafx (1989) which played newly enhanced HuCard games, however there were only 5 of these enhanced games released. The Japanese equivalent to the TurboDuo had 3 different models. The basic PC Engine Duo (1991), the PC Engine Duo-R (1993) which redesigned the outer casing of the system and removed the headphone port that the original had, and the PC Engine Duo-RX (1994), which was identical to the R except for being a different color and including a 6-button controller. As for the Turbo Express, the Japanese version was called the PC Engine GT (1990), and that too had a second model released. The redesigned handheld was called the PC Engine LT (1991), and it was hinged to allow it to fold in half much like the Game Boy Advance SP.
In addition to all of the official hardware models released by NEC, there were a few of third party systems that were licensed to play PC Engine games as well. The X1 Twin (1987) was a Sharp X1 computer that had the ability to play HuCard games, the Pioneer LaserActive laserdisc player (1993) had a module available that would allow it to play all PC Engine HuCards and CDs, and the PC-KD863G (1988) was a computer monitor that had a PC Engine built into it. There was also a version of the PC Engine released in Korea which was called the Vistar 16.
Repairs & Parts for TurboGrafx-16
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History of Turbo Grafx-16
The TurboGrafx-16 was first released as the PC Engine in Japan in 1987, and in 1989 in the US. The system ran on an 8-bit CPU, comparable to the Nintendo Entertainment System, but boasted a 16-bit graphics processor capable of displaying up to 512 colors. This superior GPU allowed TurboGrafx games to contain better graphics and higher quality music than it’s competitors.
Rather than using traditional cartridges, the TurboGrafx used a new style of media which was roughly the size of a credit card. These TurboChips (or HuCards as they were known in Japan) had a storage capacity of roughly 20-megabits, 5 times that of an average NES cartridge.
Marketed as a direct competitor of the Nintendo NES and the Sega Genesis, the Turbo Grafx had an early advantage with superior graphics and sounds with games such as Soldier Blade, Bonk’s Adventure, Blazing Lazers, Vigilante, Alien Crush, and the pack-in game, Keith Courage in Alpha Zone.
In 1990 a CD-ROM add-on was released for the TurboGrafx, making it the first home video game console to use optical discs as game media. With the substantially larger storage capacity as well as the ability to use CD quality audio this add-on saw some of the best games the 16-bit era had to offer, such as Fighting Street (better known as the first ‘Street Fighter’), Ys Book I & II, Monster Lair, Exile, and Cotton: Fantastic Night Dreams. 1990 also saw the release of the Turbo Express, a handheld version of the TurboGrafx that could play the same TurboChip games as the home console.
In 1992 Turbo Technologies Inc, the US extension of NEC and Hudson, released the Turbo Duo, a combination of the TurboGrafx-16 and the Turbo CD, plus a Super System BIOS and an extra 192k RAM built into the motherboard. The Turbo Duo brought amazing new games such as Vasteel, Lords of Thunder, Super Air Zonk, and possibly the best Castlevania game ever released, Dracula X: Rondo of Blood.