Doubling down on the splatter
Of all of the brands jumping on the “mini nostalgia console” bandwagon, easily the most surprising was the announcement of the PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 Mini. A console that only the most hardcore – and wealthiest – kids had back in my day, the PC Engine hardly has the same global “childhood memories” factor as the NES or Sega Mega Drive. But still, that doesn’t mean I don’t welcome this particular piece of quirky gaming history.
Konami has released the final additions to the 50 games that will come bundled with the cute little device, though it should be duly noted that some of the titles are double-counted, appearing in both their Japanese and English forms. The newly-announced titles include the 1990 English release of Splatterhouse, along with the following six Japanese games:
- Dragon Spirit (1988)
- Galaga ’88 (1988)
- The Genji and the Heike Clans (1990)
- The Legend of Valkyrie (1990)
- Seirei Senshi Spriggan (1991)
- Spriggan Mark 2 (1992)
The Japanese edition of the console will also get 1992 role-playing adventure Tengai Makyou II: Manji Maru. You can check out localised trailers for these new games below. The PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 Mini launches exclusively at Amazon on March 19, 2020, at a cost of around $100 / £100.