PC Engine

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PC Engine
Manufacturer: NEC Home Electronics
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
JP
¥¥24,800 PI-TG001

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TurboGrafx-16
US
$$199.99[1] HES-TGX-01

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The PC Engine, released in North America as the TurboGrafx-16 is a video game console originally developed by NEC Home Electronics and Hudson Soft in a collaborative effort between 1987 and 1994 (Japan)/1989 and 1995 (US). The system combined a Hudson-produced 8-bit CPU, the HuC6280A (an enhanced 6502 — the TurboGrafx-16 was, in fact, 8-bit — with a six-channel PCM sound system with a few perks) and rather capable video hardware (variable screen resolution, many colors on screen at once and very large sprites, though only two sprite "layers" with a background layer in between). Games were distributed on "HuCards" — effectively a ROM board on a card. There was also a CD add-on which also saw some Sega releases.


Sega support

While Sega initially supported the platform to some extent, the Sega Mega Drive entered the market in direct competition and so Sega focused their efforts on their own console. In the US, the TurboGrafx-16's marketing was poor (only being sold in major cities and with little advertising), and hence the console landed in a distant third after the Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, but in Japan the tables were turned, with the PC Engine greatly outselling the Mega Drive. This prompted Sega to back the console until the release of the Sega Saturn.

List of Sega games for the PC Engine (JP)

List of Sega games for the TurboGrafx-16 (US)

Other PC Engine games also released for Sega systems

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Atari 2600 (1977) | ColecoVision (1982) | PC Engine (1987) | R-Zone (1995) | Game.com (1997) | Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999) | N-Gage (2003) | LeapFrog Didj (2008) | Stadia (2019)