Friday, September 11, 2009

Happy 20th birthday, TurboGrafx-16!

Despite the fact that I've owned many of the leading video game consoles over the years, my brother loves to joke that I always choose the "loser system." I think the joke started when I bought--or maybe I should say "became obsessed with"--the TurboGrax-16 shortly after it made its way to the U.S. on August 29, 1989.

I started with the base system and a good number of "TurboChip" games, but I quickly added the TurboGrafx-CD attachment and even the TurboDuo (after it was released in 1992). Sadly, I sold all of the above--including a slew of American and Japanese games--in order to pay for another "loser system," the Sega Saturn. Sigh.

Anyway, the point of all of this nostalgia is that I have fond memories of the good 'ol TurboGrafx-16. As such, I got misty-eyed recently when I realized I had missed the 20th birthday of my 16-bit system of choice. The folks over at didn't forget, though--they even wrote up a wonderful little tribute to the "console that could (have been a contender)."

Check it out if, like me, you'd like to spend a little time reminiscing about NEC's "Entertainment SuperSystem." Check out, too, the Wikipedia page dedicated to the system and the fan site, The PC-Engine Software Bible, I scan whenever I'm looking for information on a particularly memorable (or, more likely, unmemorable) title.

In case anyone cares, here are my favorite TurboGrafx-16 (and PC-Engine) games of all time--alphabetized but otherwise in no particular order:

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