TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine Mini joins retro console crowd

Doris Richards
June 14, 2019

Konami recently announced the TurboGrafx-16 Mini retro console, a compact version of the classic 16-bit console from the 1980s. Six games have been announced so far for the system, which will be released in Japan as the PC Engine Mini and in Europe as the PC Engine Core Grafx.

First Konami intends to release the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini in select European countries, which will then be followed by two additional variants in North America and Japan, which will be called TurboGrafx-16 mini and PC Engine mini respectively. This AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC powered system runs a Linux-based OS and will come stuffed with over 100 classic games - but will also support new titles. Nintendo responded by stepping aside, refusing to make an N64 Classic, so it's anyone's game now. The console has a smaller form factor than the original so that it fits in the palm of a hand.

Pricing starts at $249.99 for the Atari VCS 400 Onyx (4GB) and tops off at $389.99 for one of three Atari VCS 800 (8GB) All-In system bundles.

Known as the PC Engine in Japan and the TurboGrafx-16 in North America, distribution issues and the dominance of Sega and Nintendo meant NEC's late '80s home console could not find the worldwide audience it might have otherwise deserved.

The original console, which was only available in limited assignments outside of Japan, was released in Japan in 1987.

Meanwhile, the Japanese PC Engine Mini gets a slightly different list of games. This version had a built-in screen and speakers, among other things.

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