Everybody’s shrinking their classic games consoles, so why shouldn’t we get a teensy PC Engine? Super cool news – we are!

While it never officially launched in Australia, and never really had much in the way of an official PAL version, the PC Engine was a super-desirable Japanese console released by NEC back in 1989. Many would argue that it was streets ahead of both the SEGA Mega Drive and Super Nintendo.

Released as the TurboGrafx-16 in the US in a big, ugly case, we are lucky enough to have one of the officially PAL converted units in our collection, and it gets played with heaps.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini

The key to the system’s aceness was its arcade conversions – especially shmups. From R-Type to Galaga ’88, and a fave of ours in the bonkers Rabio Lepus, they played very much like the real thing. Then there were the awesome Konami conversions.

Konami are actually behind the upcoming shrunken release, which will come in PC Engine Mini, PC Engine Core Grafx Mini or TurboGrafx-16 Mini variants depending upon where you live. As for what we’ll get in Australia – if we do get it at all – we’ll have to wait and see. They’re set to launch in early 2020.

PC Engine Core Grafx Mini

The final games list has just been announced – and, there are 50 of them. But it’s interesting, as there are 24 English titles and 26 Japanese, and a handful of the games actually double up, while many of the Japanese ones need an understanding of the language to be able to play.

Anyway, here’s that list:

English:

• Air Zonk
• Alien Crush
• Blazing Lazers
• Bomberman ‘93
• Bonk’s Revenge
• Cadash
• Chew-Man-Fu
• Dungeon Explorer
• J.J. & Jeff
• Lords of Thunder
• Military Madness (Nectaris)
• Moto Roader
• Neutopia
• Neutopia II
• New Adventure Island
• Ninjaspirit
• Parasol Stars
• Power Golf
• Psychosis
• R-Type
• Soldier Blade
• Space Harrier
• Victory Run
• Ys Book I & II

Japanese:

• Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood)
• Aldynes
• Appare! Gateball
• Bomberman ’94
• Chō Aniki
• Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts)
• Dungeon Explorer
• Fantasy Zone
• Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
• Gradius (Nemesis)
• Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō – (Nemesis II)
• Jaseiken Necromancer
• Nectaris (Military Madness)
• Neutopia
• Neutopia II
• Ninja Ryūkenden (Ninja Gaiden)
• PC-Genjin (Bonk)
• Salamander
• Snatcher
• Star Parodier (Fantasy Star Soldier)
• Super Darius
• Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
• Super Star Soldier
• The Kung Fu (China Warrior)
• Ys I・II