Konami Says TurboGrafx-16 Mini Release Date Still "TBD" for America

Konami Says TurboGrafx-16 Mini Release Date Still "TBD" for America

The retro console looks rad, but it's unsure when the box will ship.

Reviews for the throwback TurboGrafx-16 Mini console revival went live today. While the box is promising, it's still up in the air as to when nostalgic fans can get their hands on one.

Konami stated in early March that the launch of the retro mini-console would be pushed back due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Today, USgamer followed up to see if there had been any update as to the mini-console's expected availability.

We were directed to a page being kept up to date with shipment details, and were told that "everything is still TBD at the moment for the U.S." Europe is set to get units at the end of April, so hopes are that the United States won't be too far after that.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini boasts a strong lineup of games from the old system, including some early Ys games, R-Type, and one of Hideo Kojima's earlier projects, Snatcher (albeit only in Japanese). Our Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey reviewed the mini console and found a lot to like about it, noting that even though it's light on features, it's rich with lost classics and difficult-to-find games.

Hopefully we'll get an update soon, as the TurboGrafx-16 Mini has joined the growing list of major game delays due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Major games like The Last of Us Part 2 have been indefinitely delayed citing logistical concerns, and on the hardware front, Nintendo has seen shortages in Switch supply as demand has increased.

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