[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TurboGrafx-16, Fully-Loaded

October 7th, 2013 by Benj Edwards

NEC TurboGrafx-16  TurboGrafx-CD Turbotap Turbopad Turbostick Fully-Loaded Setup - circa 1990TG-16 Accessories: Designed specifically to tease children

I don’t usually isolate a photo from a document I’ve scanned these days, but I found this neat TurboGrafx-16 pamphlet scan in my older scans folder and thought I’d share it. It’s from a small accordian-style fold-out pamplet that likely shipped with a TurboGrafx-16 game or accessory. (If I had previously scanned the whole pamphlet, I’d share it with you. The pamphlet is currently packed away somewhere.)

I particularly like this photo because it shows a fully-loaded TurboGrafx-16 system, complete with TurboGrafx-CD add-on, TurboStick, TurboTap, and of course, a TurboPad. The only thing missing is the TurboBooster, which plugged into the back of the TG-16 (currently occupied by the CD unit in this photo) and allowed composite video and stereo audio output through RCA phono plugs.

[ From NEC TurboGrafx-16 fold-out pamphlet, circa 1990 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite TurboGrafx-16 game?

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9 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TurboGrafx-16, Fully-Loaded”

  1. SirFatty Says:

    I sold my Nintendo to move up to a 16bit system, the TurboGrafx-16. My wife and I played Bonk’s Adventure a lot, it was the Maria of this system (IMHO). It was pretty fun, and I like the fact that the games are on cards instead of cartridges.

    Later, I sold the TG16 for a Genesis, and that was sold for a N64, then to a PS1… it just never ends!

  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    The only TG-16 game I ever really played was when I decided I wanted to try Splatterhouse around Halloween a few years ago. So I broke out the emulator. Not a pure experience, but still quite fun.

  3. roflmao Says:

    There are so many great games for the system, it’s hard to choose just one favorite. 🙂

    If I had to choose just 1 HuCard, it would probably be Devil’s Crush, though both Crush games are outstanding.

    But the Bonk games are excellent, as are the Soldier games (Super Star Soldier, Soldier Blade, and Blazing Lazers, though it’s not technically part of the series). And the Neutopia games are really fun as well. …and the Bomberman games.

    For CD, I’d probably go with Ys Book I & II, but the Thunder games are awesome as well (Lords of Thunder and Gate of Thunder).

    And there are so many great games that never made it to the States. (Dracula X and Spriggan immediately come to mind)

  4. Daniel Says:

    I would probably choose Blazing Lazers. A great game.

  5. Raphael Says:

    I got into PCE collecting late in the game, but like roflmao says, there are so many good games on that system, it’s hard to choose. Bonk is great, bomberman, gate of thunder, Ys, exile, the list goes on, but I guess if I had to choose, i’d go with an import, Rondo of Blood. Best old school castlevania out there.

  6. Ant Says:

    I borrowed a TG16 from my uncle’s friend. I remember playing Blazing Lazer, Aero Blasters, Alien Crush, etc. It was fun! 😀

  7. PedroC Says:

    The only things that setup is missing are the Super Hucard to let you play Duo games, the Quickshot flight-style joystick, and the six-button Street Fighter pad =)

    I have to say the TG16 is my favorite system ever. Games like Devil Crush, Neutopia, Bonk, BOMBERMAN, R-Type, Cadash, were played constantly at home, then went with me on trips in my TurboXpress.

  8. npagee Says:

    oh man this is the greatest – I used to lay awake as a kid wanting this gear SO BAD… wasn’t till I was an adult that I could finally admit the tg16 kinda sucked, I made the wrong choice going w/it instead of a NES… Bonks Adventure still one of the greatest sidescrollers ever made though

  9. regza Says:

    I had an imported Japanese pc-engine, with a scart mod to hook up to European tellys. It was a lot nicer looking, and quite a bit smaller than the U.S. one. The cd drive addon looked less tacked on as well.
    I used to love Bloody Wolf, a commando/ikari warriors clone but much better, and some of the sega conversions.
    It came with a side scrolling platform rpg that to this day, i have no idea what it was about or how to play the thing properly due to the ocean of Japanese text in both the manual and the game itself. Really nice graphics though.

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