Sunday, October 30, 2011

You don't look a day over 20, PC Engine

One of the coolest consoles, if not the coolest console, to ever see the light of day, NEC's PC Engine, is celebrating its 24th birthday today.

For those of you who are a bit mathematically challenged, that means the sleek little system below was "born" on Oct. 30, 1987.


I'm sure I've told this story before, but in case I haven't: I've been interested in (some would say obsessed with) this console ever since I laid eyes on it in an early issue of either Electronic Gaming Monthly or GamePro magazine.

Although I acquired a TurboGrafx-16--the PC Engine's North American cousin--shortly after it was released, I didn't add a PC Engine to my collection until two years ago.

It should go without saying that the shockingly small system (it's about the size of three or four CD cases stacked on top of one another) is one of my most-treasured pieces of gaming paraphernalia.


Anyway, please join me in raising an imaginary glass of bubbly to the "little white wonder," as I like to call the PC Engine, for surviving its awkward teen years and for blossoming into the beautiful 24-year-old we know and love today.

Also, join me in playing a few of its most noteworthy games. Some of the ones I'm planning to spend time with this afternoon: Air Zonk (aka PC Denjin), Bomberman '94, Final Match Tennis and Parasol Stars.

16 comments:

Famicom Freak said...

Thanks for the info! I must post these news as well! Very important for such a neat console!

Bryan Ochalla said...

You're welcome, Famicom Freak! And, yes, spread the word. Every gamer, esp. retro gamers, should celebrate this day :)

Adam said...

I only played TG-16/PC Engine mainly through the Wii's VC. Didn't know the carts looked so sweet

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, yeah, Adam, the system's HuCards are awesome, as is the system itself :)

Which games have you played, by the way?

Retr0gamer said...

Really have to get myself one of these. Need a job first though!

Darwin said...

Cheers!

Said it before and I'll say it again - you take great care of your stuff!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Retr0gamer: Yes, a job first sounds like a good idea to me. Sorry you're finding yourself in that position, by the way.

The good news is that the PCE has been around for 24 years now. The system and its games will continue to be around for some time (thanks to eBay, etc.), so no need to rush into buying one :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thanks, Darwin! I am a bit anal (cough) when it comes to keeping stuff clean and in good shape, but I have to admit that when it comes to my white PCE, most of the honor belongs with its original owner. The box, the system, everything was in amazing condition when I received it. I'll definitely do my best to keep it in that condition, though :)

Adam said...

Shockman, Dracula X Rondo of Blood, and Splatterhouse

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hmmm, the second two are good ones. What did/do you think about Shockman, though? I don't think I've ever played it, to tell you the truth, but I've heard not-so-great things about it.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Maybe I'll download Air Zonk on the VC today...is it worth it?

Bryan Ochalla said...

If you like shoot 'em ups -- cute-ish ones, especially -- then, yes, it's definitely worth it, Justin. Air Zonk has great tunes and graphics, TONS of parallax scrolling and a really fun "partner" system.

If you're at all unsure about it, check it out via emulation first. Just be aware that some emulators seem to have a hard time with it. I actually played it for a bit yesterday using HuGo (Wii version) and some of the backgrounds were messed up and the music was missing :|

Matthew "Sajon" Weise said...

THE SILENT DEBUGGERS!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I'm guessing you're a fan of the game, Matthew? Honestly, I've never played it. I guess I'll have to rectify that soon. Thanks for the suggestion :)

Matthew "Sajon" Weise said...

I did like it, and explained a bit why here: http://outsideyourheaven.blogspot.com/2011/02/2010-retrospective-part-3-taxidermy.html

Bryan Ochalla said...

Thanks for the link, Matthew. I just checked it out. Being a huge Alien/Aliens fan, it seems I'll need to check this out pronto. Based on what you've said and what a few others have said about the game, I'm guessing the repetitive nature of the game will get to me at some point, too, but that's no reason to not at least give it a go, right?