While NEC’s console is often considered an also-ran in the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, the Turbografx-16 or PCEngine (depending on where you live) is a pretty epic rig and has a solid library of classic titles.
But if you’ve never heard of this thing, then you don’t know about these games unless you’re hardcore into emulation and retro history. With the Turbografx-16 mini just announced we thought it would be the perfect time to tell you about some of our favorite video games that were released on the system.
Here are our top 10 favorite Turbografx-16 video games ever released:
The classic shoot ‘em up, R-Type is hard as nails but the Turbografx-16 version is often considered a definitive iteration of the title. The Super Nintendo game just couldn’t do shoot ‘em ups like the PCEngine, and R-Type is example number one of this.
This is the Taito arcade game that also made an appearance on the Sega Genesis though this version is considered the definitive home port. A mix of RPG and shoot ‘em up, Cadash is quick, tough arcade action that will remind you of a simpler time.
8. Dragon’s Curse
A translation of Sega’s Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Curse except for with a plot change as well as artwork rearrange, Dragon’s Curse is a platforming game that combines fantasy and platforming.
A clone of The Legend of Zelda that wears its inspiration on its shirt sleeves, Neutopia is a competent if somewhat derivative game.
6. Blazing Lazers
Another insane shoot ‘em up that is a must-play for fans of the genre, Blazing Lasers really shows off the Turbografx-16’s graphical prowess.
5. Legendary Axe
This game came out of nowhere at the system’s release to become one of the epic must-have titles for the console. It’s an action adventure game with light RPG elements that is reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda II except for enjoyable and linear.
4. Ninja Spirit
This is the game for people who find Ninja Gaiden fun but utterly maddening. You’ll actually be able to play this game and, with improved visuals and an epic presentation, you’ll definitely want to do that.
3. Ys Book I and II
The PCEngine had a bevy of RPGs and Ys Book I and II is a great introduction to what the system had on offer in this area. If you like your JRPGs tough and a bit obscure, Ys can’t really be beat.
2. Bonk’s Adventure
Every system back in the day had to have a mascot and, for the PCEngine, that was Bonk – a caveman with a penchant for eating meat and using his massive head to smash enemies into nothing. The mechanics are simple enough and the gameplay conceits unique as far as distinguishing Bonk from Mario and Sonic. Plus, Hudson Soft’s iconic art style is on full display here and you’ll marvel how utterly beautiful this game is even by modern standards.
1. Devil’s Crush
A pinball video game at number 1, are we crazy? Yes and this game is insanely good. Don’t underestimate Devil’s Crush. From the Geiger-esque visuals to the addictive and compelling arcade style pinball gaming and rocking soundtrack, Devil’s Crush is a demonstration of what could have been for the Turbografx-16.
What about you? Did you own the Turbografx-16 or PCEngine? What are some of your favorite memories of the system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Kehl Bayern is our staff video game news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, he is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.