Konami TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine) Video Game Console System BRAND NEW
The 8- and 16-bit console generations were dominated by Nintendo and Sega, which already have excellent retro models in the forms of the NES Classic, the Super NES Classic, and the SEGA Genesis Mini. The NEC PC Engine, probably know it better by its Western name, the TurboGrafx-16, got plenty of excellent games of its own, though not as many Americans played them because the system wasn’t nearly as popular. This makes the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, produced by Konami, an excellent opportunity for Western gamers to try out something that’s old for the industry, but new for them. It packs 50 different PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16 games into one package that looks just like the original system, opening up a whole new library of retro titles you might not have played before. That’s enough for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini to earn our Editors’ Choice.
Despite its name, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini is surprisingly large compared with the SNES Classic, Sega Genesis Mini, and Playstation Classic. In fact, at 1.2 by 9.4 by 6.2 inches (HWD), it's actually bigger than the Japan-only PC Engine and European CoreGrafx versions of the system (of which there are retro versions, just like the TurboGrafx-16 Mini). So this isn’t much of a “mini” console at all—it's simply a retro compilation system.
The system oozes early '90s style, with a chunky black plastic design covered in stylistic ridges and sporting the console’s classic orange-and-yellow logo on the top. A molded slot on the front and top mimics the game card slot on the original system, and is flanked by a power switch and two USB ports. The back is covered with a trapezoidal shell that pops off to reveal a smaller, flat-topped protrusion where the TurboGrafx-CD add-on would be mounted on the old hardware.
Molded labels on the top panel point out where the antenna switch and power adapter connectors would be on the original, but those components aren’t present on this version. Instead, an HDMI port sits on the back edge of the console, to the right of the TurboGrafx-CD protrusion, while a micro USB port for power sits in a recess within the plastic extension. A cutout in the removable shell lets you replace it on the back of the system and run both cables out to a power adapter (not included) and your TV while hiding the ugly, TurboGrafx-CD-less plastic block on the back. A micro USB cable and HDMI cable are both included.