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I never owned a TurboGrafx-16, or even played it much. Once, some time in either the later 1980s or early 1990s I was able to play it once at my brother's rich friend's house. I definitely played a Bonk game, and maybe a tennis game? I didn't play it again until around the 2000s using an emulator.
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[[Image:TurboGrafx-16.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American model.]]
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The '''TurboGrafx-16''', known in Japan as the '''PCエンジン, Pi Shi Enjin, "PC Engine"''' is a fourth generation [[video game console]] developed by [[Hudson Soft]] and [[NEC]]. It was released in Japan on 1987-10-30 and in the USA on 1989-08-29. Although it was marketed as a 16-bit console, only its GPU was 16-bit, its CPU was a [[HuC6280]], a modified version of the 8-bit [[MOS 6502]].
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==Personal==
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I never owned a TurboGrafx-16 and only played it once. In the early 1990s, my brother had a rich friend whose parents bought him all the video game systems. One day, while I was tagging along with him, the two wanted to keep my occupied so I was sat in front of his TG-16. I played ''[[Bonk's Adventure]]'' and possibly another game, but I don't remember. I never played the TG-16 again until around the 2000s using an emulator. Since then, I've played several of the more popular games, and beaten a couple, but over all, I'm not that impressed with the catalog.
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==Status==
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I do not own, nor have I ever owned a TurboGrafx-16.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* I found the tiny game cards (HuCard) to be impressive when I first saw them. How could they fit an entire game on them compared to an NES cartridge? Of course, when you open an NES cart, you see why.
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* I found the tiny game cards (HuCard) to be impressive when I first saw them. How could they fit an entire game on them compared to a clunky NES cartridge? Of course, when you open an NES cart, you see just how small the games really are.
 
* Putting turbo buttons on the default controller was a very nice idea.
 
* Putting turbo buttons on the default controller was a very nice idea.
* The sound chip was really impressive at the time, six programmable waves! I just wish there were more talented composers making music.
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* The system does feature a pretty nice graphics chip, and a lot of the games have beautiful artwork.
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* The sound chip was really impressive at the time, six programmable waves! Sadly, few games take advantage of it.
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===Bad===
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* There just aren't that many good games for the system. I've played most of the highest-ranked games and found them to be only so-so (although, this is certainly affected by my now-higher expectations).
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* The system is heavily weighted toward stage-based platformers and scrolling shooters. There just aren't that many popular games for the system that expand into other genres.
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* While I get that most games in the 1980s were one player (or hot-seat), the lack of a built-in second controller port is pretty shoddy. To play a two-player game, you must not only buy a second controller, but also the TurboTap.
  
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===Ugly===
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* Nothing.
  
===Bad===
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==Games==
* There weren't very many good games for the system. I've played most of the highest-ranked games and found them to be only so-so (although, this is certainly affected by my now-higher expectations).
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: ''See all [[:Category:TurboGrafx-16 Games|TurboGrafx-16 Games]].''
* While I get that most games in the 1980s were one player (or hot-seat), the lack of a second controller port is pretty shoddy. Anyone who wants to play a two-player game must not only buy a second controller, but also the TurboTap.
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The following are games for the TurboGrafx-16 that are important to me:
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Bonk's Adventure - TG16 - USA.jpg|''[[Bonk's Adventure]]''
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Neutopia - TG16 - USA.jpg|''[[Neutopia]]''
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</gallery>
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==Links==
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TurboGrafx-16}}
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/browse/games/turbo-grafx/list-games}}
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{{Link|VGMPF|2=http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=TurboGrafx-16}}
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[[Category: Video Game Platforms]]

Latest revision as of 14:51, 30 April 2020

North American model.

The TurboGrafx-16, known in Japan as the PCエンジン, Pi Shi Enjin, "PC Engine" is a fourth generation video game console developed by Hudson Soft and NEC. It was released in Japan on 1987-10-30 and in the USA on 1989-08-29. Although it was marketed as a 16-bit console, only its GPU was 16-bit, its CPU was a HuC6280, a modified version of the 8-bit MOS 6502.

Personal

I never owned a TurboGrafx-16 and only played it once. In the early 1990s, my brother had a rich friend whose parents bought him all the video game systems. One day, while I was tagging along with him, the two wanted to keep my occupied so I was sat in front of his TG-16. I played Bonk's Adventure and possibly another game, but I don't remember. I never played the TG-16 again until around the 2000s using an emulator. Since then, I've played several of the more popular games, and beaten a couple, but over all, I'm not that impressed with the catalog.

Status

I do not own, nor have I ever owned a TurboGrafx-16.

Review

Good

  • I found the tiny game cards (HuCard) to be impressive when I first saw them. How could they fit an entire game on them compared to a clunky NES cartridge? Of course, when you open an NES cart, you see just how small the games really are.
  • Putting turbo buttons on the default controller was a very nice idea.
  • The system does feature a pretty nice graphics chip, and a lot of the games have beautiful artwork.
  • The sound chip was really impressive at the time, six programmable waves! Sadly, few games take advantage of it.

Bad

  • There just aren't that many good games for the system. I've played most of the highest-ranked games and found them to be only so-so (although, this is certainly affected by my now-higher expectations).
  • The system is heavily weighted toward stage-based platformers and scrolling shooters. There just aren't that many popular games for the system that expand into other genres.
  • While I get that most games in the 1980s were one player (or hot-seat), the lack of a built-in second controller port is pretty shoddy. To play a two-player game, you must not only buy a second controller, but also the TurboTap.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Games

See all TurboGrafx-16 Games.

The following are games for the TurboGrafx-16 that are important to me:

Links

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