Wednesday 12 June 2019

Konami brings PC Engine mini to E3

Konami is joining Nintendo, Sony and Sega by announcing its own range of official mini consoles at E3.

The PC Engine Core Grafx mini, the PC Engine mini and the TurboGrafx-16 mini will be released in three different regions to mark the 30th anniversary of the TurboGrafx-16's launch in the US coinciding with the Sega Genesis.

Confirmed games so far include:

New Adventure Island
Ninja Spirit
Ys Book I & II
Dungeon Explorer
Alien Crush

Simultaneous five-player gaming with multitap (sold separately) for compatible titles. The Japanese version will include Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, a regional exclusive which was only available on CD-ROM. Let's hope Konami makes it available for all regions.

The PC Engine was an expensive import back in 1988 and I would leaf through the pages of The Games Machine and drool at the prospect of playing a near-perfect port of arcade classic R-Type. I was given the choice of a PC Engine or Sony Discman as a reward for successfully getting into college that summer. I decided on the latter which included 5 free music CDs.

Are you excited about the PC Engine mini (affiliate link)? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. Look, you know me. I'm not one to say anything controversial but, seriously, how many of these things do we need? We moved on. 8 bit gaming was great but we moved on. These things are five minute wonder cupboard fodder. After which, they get sent to a charity shop, another five minutes somewhere and end up in a recycling bin but never get recycled and end up in the ocean, killing stuff. I'm no hippy, trust me, but we could achieve the same with a functional mini PC and have it actually do other useful things too - things that will ensure they don't end up as instant pollution. There's zero on this that can't be functionally done on a modern smartphone.

    At this point, I thank the lord that I'm not a curmudgeon otherwise I could really go off on one!

    Am I excited? No. Irritated? Yep.

    Spend your hard-earned on something useful. The reason this stuff was left in the past is because we have better stuff now.


    1. To drive home this point, if you want retro gaming (and who doesn't, right?), you can do it with a browser and an internet connection. You don't need new ocean pollution. Here's a fantastic example that will waste a few hours for you...

    2. Guiltily, my first thought was where can I pre-order? You raise salient future-looking points and I'm now considering cancelling a Sega Mega Drive mini order; I already own the Mega Drive Classics for Xbox One X.


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