TurboGrafx-16

TurboGrafx-16

TurboGrafx-16

The PC Engine was a joint venture between Japanese software house Hudson and electronics giant NEC. The machine was released at the height of Nintendo's dominance and surprised many by outselling the Famicom in Japan a short time after it hit the shelves. With a successful Japanese launch out of the way, the two companies decided to bring the machine to the US as the Turbografx-16, but poor marketing and a terrible choice of software resulted in the console losing out to Sega's freshly released Genesis (AKA Mega Drive) and Nintendo's aging NES.

The story was much different in Japan where the PC Engine (aided by a revolutionary CD-ROM add-on) beat Sega into third place, with Nintendo remaining dominant thanks to the Super Famicom.

Amazingly, the console was never launched officially in Europe, although many keen gamers imported systems and the console was a firm favourite with 'hardcore' elements of the European gaming community. The Virtual Console therefore represents the first chance many gamers will have to experience this underrated machine.

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TurboGrafx-16 Games

Title Rating Publisher Players Genre » EU Date Price
Bloody Wolf Bloody Wolf 7/10 G-mode 1 Action 29 Jun 07 600 points
Bomberman '93 Bomberman '93 8/10 Hudson 5 Action 08 Dec 06 600 points
Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure 8/10 Hudson 2 Action 31 Aug 07 600 points
Bonk's Adventure Bonk's Adventure 8/10 Hudson 1 Action 08 Dec 06 600 points
Bonk's Revenge Bonk's Revenge 8/10 Hudson 1 Action 13 Apr 07 600 points
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
aka Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo
9/10 Konami 1 Action 19 Mar 10 900 points
J.J. & Jeff J.J. & Jeff 3/10 Hudson 1 Action 14 Jun 07 600 points
New Adventure Island New Adventure Island 9/10 Hudson 1 Action 16 Feb 07 600 points
Samurai Ghost Samurai Ghost 3/10 Namco Bandai 1 Action 02 Nov 07 600 points
Shockman Shockman 6/10 Hudson 2 Action 04 May 07 600 points
Dragon's Curse Dragon's Curse 8/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 30 Mar 07 600 points
Neutopia Neutopia 8/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 24 Aug 07 600 points
Neutopia II Neutopia II 8/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 14 Sep 07 600 points
Silent Debuggers Silent Debuggers 3/10 G-mode 1 Adventure 20 Jul 07 600 points
The Dynastic Hero The Dynastic Hero 8/10 Hudson 1 Adventure 30 Nov 07 800 points
Chase H.Q. Chase H.Q. 4/10 Taito 1 Arcade 05 Sep 08 600 points
Legend of Hero Tonma Legend of Hero Tonma 5/10 Irem 1 Arcade 28 Sep 07 600 points
Ninja Spirit Ninja Spirit 7/10 Irem 1 Arcade 11 May 07 600 points
China Warrior China Warrior
aka The Kung Fu (Japan)
2/10 Hudson 1 Fighting 22 Jun 07 600 points
Fighting Street Fighting Street 3/10 Capcom 2 Fighting 06 Nov 09 800 points
Riot Zone Riot Zone
aka Crest of Wolf
5/10 Hudson 1 Fighting 18 Jan 08 800 points
Splatterhouse Splatterhouse 8/10 Namco Bandai 1 Fighting 16 Mar 07 600 points
Vigilante Vigilante 6/10 Irem 1 Fighting 09 Feb 07 600 points
Bomberman '94 Bomberman '94 9/10 Hudson 5 Import 10 Jul 09 700 points
Break In Break In 5/10 Naxat Soft 2 Import 09 May 08 700 points
Cho Aniki Cho Aniki
aka Chō Aniki
8/10 Hudson 1 Import 09 May 08 900 points
Detana!! TwinBee Detana!! TwinBee 8/10 Hudson 2 Import 24 Jul 09 700 points
Digital Champ: Battle Boxing Digital Champ: Battle Boxing 3/10 Naxat Soft 1 Import 16 May 08 700 points
Final Soldier Final Soldier 8/10 Hudson 1 Import 02 May 08 700 points
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou 8/10 Konami 1 Import 02 May 08 900 points
Star Parodier Star Parodier 9/10 Hudson 1 Import 16 May 08 900 points
Street Fighter II': Champion Edition Street Fighter II': Champion Edition 7/10 Capcom 2 Import 18 Dec 09 700 points
Battle Lode Runner Battle Lode Runner 6/10 Hudson 5 Puzzle 27 Apr 07 600 points
Chew Man Fu Chew Man Fu 7/10 Hudson 2 Puzzle 02 Mar 07 600 points
Cratermaze Cratermaze 6/10 Hudson 1 Puzzle 16 Aug 07 600 points
Drop Off Drop Off 3/10 G-mode 1 Puzzle 03 Aug 07 600 points
Moto Roader Moto Roader 4/10 Hudson 5 Racing 05 Jan 07 600 points
Victory Run Victory Run 5/10 Hudson 1 Racing 08 Dec 06 600 points
Double Dungeons Double Dungeons 2/10 Hudson 2 RPG 09 Mar 07 600 points
Dungeon Explorer Dungeon Explorer 7/10 Hudson 5 RPG 08 Dec 06 600 points
Ys Book I & II Ys Book I & II 9/10 Nihon Falcom 1 RPG 05 Sep 08 800 points
Air Zonk Air Zonk 8/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 13 Jul 07 600 points
Blazing Lazers Blazing Lazers 8/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 25 May 07 600 points
Dead Moon Dead Moon 4/10 Natsume 1 Shooter 08 Jun 07 600 points
Dragon Spirit Dragon Spirit 6/10 Namco Bandai 1 Shooter 06 Jul 07 600 points
Galaga '90 Galaga '90 7/10 Namco Bandai 1 Shooter 10 Aug 07 600 points
Gate of Thunder Gate of Thunder 9/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 19 Oct 07 800 points
Lords of Thunder Lords of Thunder 9/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 08 Feb 08 800 points
Monster Lair Monster Lair 4/10 Hudson 2 Shooter 21 Dec 07 800 points
Psychosis Psychosis 5/10 Naxat Soft 1 Shooter 29 Feb 08 600 points
R-Type R-Type 8/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 29 Dec 06 800 points
Soldier Blade Soldier Blade 9/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 26 Jan 07 600 points
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise 7/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 26 Oct 07 800 points
Super Star Soldier Super Star Soldier 7/10 Hudson 1 Shooter 08 Dec 06 600 points
Alien Crush Alien Crush 8/10 Hudson 1 Simulation 15 Dec 06 600 points
Devil's Crush Devil's Crush 9/10 Hudson 1 Simulation 27 Jul 07 600 points
SimEarth: The Living Planet SimEarth: The Living Planet 6/10 Hudson 1 Simulation 26 Jun 09 800 points
Power Golf Power Golf 4/10 Hudson 3 Sports 09 Nov 07 600 points
World Class Baseball World Class Baseball 6/10 Hudson 2 Sports 20 Sep 07 600 points
World Sports Competition World Sports Competition 5/10 Hudson 5 Sports 01 Jun 07 600 points
Military Madness Military Madness 8/10 Hudson 2 Strategy 22 Dec 06 600 points

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