Retro console fans who have been holding out for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini to arrive in the U.S. won't be waiting much longer. After an initial delay due to coronavirus concerns, Konami has confirmed that TurboGrafx-16 Mini consoles should be shipping out to North America starting May 22.
In a Twitter statement, Konami announced that those who had purchased the TurboGrafx-16 Mini via Amazon should start to see their shipments arrive on May 22. Those in Europe will still have to wait, as the company continues to monitor the situation.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is Konami's take on the throwback retro console popularized by Nintendo's NES and SNES Classic, as well as others like Sony's PlayStation Classic. It has a packed lineup including Hideo Kojima's Snatcher—albeit only in Japanese. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the release date was pushed back to an indeterminate window.
Now that the boxes should start to ship, owners will be able to see for themselves why our Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey was so enthusiastic about the retro console. "The TurboGrafx-16 Mini may be light on additional features," she wrote, "but it's heavy on lost classics, many of which are very difficult to find through traditional channels."
As the Switch Online hasn't kept up with the robust retro library of older eShops like the Wii's, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini at least offers a decent way to play some classics in modern times. Or at least, it's a good excuse to play Gradius 2 again. Really, any reason is a good reason to do that.