Konami Announces a Surprise TurboGrafx-16 Mini Console, Initial Lineup Includes R-Type

Konami Announces a Surprise TurboGrafx-16 Mini Console, Initial Lineup Includes R-Type

Konami's surprise E3 announcement was for another mini console.

Konami is jumping on the mini console bandwagon with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. Like other mini consoles, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini is a scaled down version of the 1987 console, pre-loaded with some classic games.

The TurboGrafx-16 was first released in Japan in 1987. Two years later in 1989, a version of the console was released in North America. The console then rolled out into Europe in 1990. Manufactured by NEC, the TurboGrafx-16 was best known for being the first console in the 16-bit era, though failed to breach the North American market.

The miniaturized version is faithfully scaled-down from the original North American version. Like many consoles of the era, different regions received different versions of the console. The one in North America was wider and came in black, whereas the Japanese version was half its size and came in white.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini supports quick saves anytime, support for multiple aspect ratios, and simultaneous five-player controller support. So far only five games have been announced, with more announcements on the way.

The five games announced for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini so far are:

  • R-Type
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Ys Book 1 and 2
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Alien Crush

The Japanese version of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini is getting a pretty different lineup that includes: Super Star Soldier, Bonk, and Dracula X: Rondo of Blood.

There's no release date yet for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini or a price. But we expect more details and games to be announced at a later date.

If you've been collecting these mini consoles, you'll be excited to know there's another coming from Konami. It will sit nicely next to your NES Classic, SNES Classic, PlayStation Classic, and Sega Genesis Mini.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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