Nearly one month ago – just about to the day, actually – we reported on Konami’s E3 announcement of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini. While called that in the US, there’s a slightly convoluted naming scheme depending on your region: in Europe, it will be the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini while Japan will call theirs the PC Engine Mini. The appearance will differ too, resembling the real thing from decades past in each region.
While Konami has stayed Mum on further facts since then, they have just released all the necessary details pertaining to the games each model will ship with, and importantly, the price. While no exact price for the US release has been published yet, Europe can buy theirs for €90 while Japan can trade ¥10,500 for one. Plugging both those values into the closet handy currency converter spits out approximately 100 freedom dollars – so it’s a fair guess that’s what it will cost in the US too.
Slated for release on the 19th of March, 2020, pre-orders will open on the 15th of July. This will be through Amazon exclusively and coincides with Prime Day – everyone’s favourite fake consumer holiday. Along with this announcement is a trailer for each regions game list that consists of a cool animated sequence of the game’s logos cycling through space. Here’s the TurboGrafx-16 mini trailer, with the full list for each region printed below which I’m sure you’re all eager to read:
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Lords Of Thunder
Military Madness (Nectaris)
New Adventure Island
Ys Book I&II
Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood)
Bomberman Panic Bomber
Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘N’ Ghosts)
Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō – (Nemesis II)
Nectaris (Military Madness)
Ninja Ryūkenden (Ninja Gaiden)
Star Parodier (Fantasy Star Soldier)
Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
Super Star Soldier
The Kung Fu (China Warrior)
There are nearly 50 individual titles spread across the two language regions, with Neutopia I and II, Ys I&II, Dungeon explorer and Military Madness (Nectaris in Japan) overlapping (but with the correct language support, of course).
For some reason, the pre-order landing page is on the Japanese Amazon but shown at the bottom are photos of the multi-tap and the extra controllers you can buy for the system. While not listed on that page, I found additional listings on the US Amazon for each. Interestingly, both are listed as being manufactured by Hori with the multi-tap being advertised for $29.99, while an extra controller will set you back $24.99.