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Intro to the TurboGrafX-16

I didn't own a TurboGrafX-16 at the time of it's release or even during it's retail life span. In the late 80's I was still an Atari fanatic who was just getting into Nintendo's first offering, the NES. At the time, adding another console to my gaming scene was simply going to split up the available funds I had for exploring the NES. It wasn't until decades later, that I actually owned my own TurboGrafX-16.

NEC TurboGrafX-16 - Technical Specifications

TurboGrafX-16, officially knowns as the TurboGrafX-16 Entertainment SuperSystem and known in Japan as the PC Engine, is a video game console developed by Hudson Soft and NEC, released in Japan on October 30, 1987, and in North America on August 29, 1989. The TurboGrafX-16 has an 8-bit CPU and a dual 16-bit GPU; and is capable of displaying 482 colors simultaneously, out of 512. With dimensions of 5.5" × 5.5" × 1.5", the NEC PC Engine holds the record for the world's smallest game console ever made.

In the United Kingdom, Telegames released a slightly altered version of the US model simply as the TurboGrafX around 1990 in extremely limited quantities. Although there was no full-scale PAL region release of the system, imported PC Engine consoles were largely available in France and Benelux through major retailers thanks to the unlicensed importer Sodipeng (Société de Distribution de la PC Engine, a subsidiary of Guillemot International).

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