- Now, at long last, the TurboGrafx-16 is making a comeback!
- It's set to return in the form of the TurboGrafx-16 mini, a new compact model that comes preloaded with a selection of popular titles*!
- Now you can play all your old favorites to your heart's content!
- *Includes Japanese PC Engine games.
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Originally released in Japan in 1987 as the TurboGrafx-16 home console captivated gamers with its revolutionary graphics and sound, and still holds a special place in the hearts of fans today.
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Now the bad- The system comes with a USB/Micro USB cable for power BUT NO Adapter!!!!!! The manual says you have to buy a separate piece - or you can us a 5v 2A adapter of your choice. WHAT CRAP considering the price. Everything about the system is light, the controllers feel hollow with no weight to them, and of course there is only one.
1. A beaten-up box as if you are buying a used item.
2. Ugly adhesive shipping labels that cannot be removed without pulling off the box art.
3. A high chance of theft as the product details are in plain view when being shipped or when left at your door.
4. The package has no sealing stickers so you can't tell if it's been tampered with.
5. After pre-ordering this almost a year ago, the excitement just vanished as soon as I got this in my hands.
If you are buying this internationally, I wish you the best of luck getting this in one piece.
LONGER EXPLANATION: Follow-up to my initial review (see below): a third Mini (one Japanese PC Engine Mini, two U.S. TG16 Minis) is now BRICKED. The third initially worked when it was plugged into a 5.1 Volt 2.1 amp power supply normally used to charge an iPad. HOWEVER, when I plugged the TG16 Mini into a power supply for a Raspberry Pi (as I did with the others), which is rated at 5v *3* amps, video is fine but all controllers stopped responding. Going back to the 2.1 amp power supply did not fix the controller issue. In other words, I believe 3 amps BRICKED all my TG16/PC Engine Minis.
This is the power supply that bricked all my TG16 Minis:
INITIAL REVIEW AS FOLLOWS:
I was excited for this product, so I ordered a PC Engine Mini from Amazon Japan. Unfortunately, it won't boot past the initial language select screen. I tried everything: different controllers, cables, TVs, multiple power adapters... nothing.
So now that the US version is available, I decided to try again with the Turbografx 16 Mini -- only to find the EXACT SAME THING!!! It boots to the initial screen, but doesn't accept any input no matter which USB port the controller is plugged into. I tried the controller it comes with AND the wireless 8bitdo TG16 controller - the Mini doesn't recognize any input from either to get started.
I'm going to try to return the US TG16 Mini to Amazon U.S. (the PC Engine Mini is too expensive to ship back to Japan), but if that one doesn't work, it's 3 strikes, you're out as far as I'm concerned.
I’m glad I didn’t import this!
Update: I got a replacement today and it is working so far. Hoping that bad one was a rare case.
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The system itself is 5 stars! It's bigger than the other minis, like double the size. But it's still nice looking and very light, but doesn't look or feel cheap.
The menus and music in the menus are top notch. Emulation is really good. Some people have mentioned shimmer in some titles, and it is apparent. But it's not a big deal. If you set the screen to the pixel perfect mode, in some games it goes away or is much less noticeable.
On my 4K Sony TV, the games look and sound amazing. Just make sure you tweak your video settings to get it to look how you want. On default settings games could look warped.
The selection of games is damn near perfect! I didn't grow up with the turbografx, I was more of a Nintendo guy. However I did play the odd title here or there and tried a couple of these games via emulation. This system is loaded with hidden gems, and amazing shooters. Shooters aren't my favorite genre, but I'm loving the ones on this mini! I'm so excited to try and finish them all.
On a final note, I ordered this on a Saturday and it arrived to my door on Monday. I'm located far away in Canada, which is amazing, especially considering I ordered on a weekend.
If you have the slightest interest or even hesitation to pick this up, don't pass it up! I think this mini is much better than the NES, SNES, and even Genesis one.
Spectacular job Konami, given how you've disappointed gamers in the past decade or so.
Despite this, Konami has made a really fantastic product here...especially if you like shoot 'em ups. Those are about half of the library here, and most of these are great representations of the genre. Beyond that, there is a decent mix of games...some are absolutely necessary (Bonk's Revenge, Rondo of Blood, Bomberman 93 & 94) and some are virtually worthless (China Warrior, Moto Rotor). But that's to be said of any of these mini systems, even those made by Nintendo.
Other problems with the system include the lack of a second controller, the inconvenient placement of the cable ports on the back, and the lack of translation for English-Japanese; if you don't know both languages, some games will probably be completely unplayable, as they will be in a language you don't know...though this is probably more an issue for English speakers.
Problems aside, the build of this system is outstanding and the game library is pretty solid. If nothing else, this is a great, fairly inexpensive way to experience a whole set of games that you never played years ago and probably wouldn't be able to acquire easily now. I would encourage anyone nostalgic for the system to pick it up, as well as anyone who, like me, has a thing for shoot 'em ups.
For the most part it runs well and I don't have any complaints. There are some games with issues though, Lords of Thunder and Neutopia II are a bit buggy.