Gamers of a certain age will no doubt have a fondness for the TurboGrafx-16, the console which tried to fight Sega and Nintendo during the '90s and failed. Based on the NEC PC Engine - which launched in Japan in 1987 and challenged the Famicom for dominance in that part of the world - the TG-16 was home to titles like Bonk's Adventure, Bomberman, Adventure Island and Soldier Blade, as well as many excellent arcade ports such as R-Type, Image Fight, OutRun and Space Harrier. Sadly, it didn't really make a dent in the US, despite hardware revisions which introduced CD-ROM tech to the masses.
Created by NEC and Hudson Soft, this iconic hardware was most recently resurrected on the Wii Virtual Console, but now Hudson's large collection of IP is owned by Konami - which appears to be in the process of leveraging this vast array of games and properties.
Spotted by an eagle-eyed NeoGAF member, Konami recently filed a trademark for TurboGrafx with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The trademark was filed on December 1st and includes a rather wide-ranging list of classifications, including video games and game consoles. The application hasn't been accepted at present, and is currently "awaiting examination".
What Konami intends to do with this renewed trademark - should it be granted, of course - is anyone's guess, but we could potentially see re-releases of classic TG-16 games, or even a plug-and-play edition of the system to follow in the footsteps of the insanely popular NES Classic Mini. While not all titles on the TG-16 fall under Konami's ownership, the vast majority do thanks to the fact that Hudson Soft was by far and away the most prolific developer on the system - making such a venture a distinct possibility.
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