PC Engine CoreGrafx

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PC Engine CoreGrafx
Manufacturer: NEC
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
¥24,800 PI-TG3
PC Engine
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The PC Engine CoreGrafx (PCエンジンコアグラフィックス) is an update to the PC Engine console, initially released in Japan in late 1989.

The CoreGrafx was announced around the same period as the PC Engine SuperGrafx, adopting a similar colour scheme, but otherwise being largely identical to a regular PC Engine. The CoreGrafx replaces the PC Engine's RF output with a composite A/V connector, but remains the same size and shape to allow it to interface with the CD-ROM² and other attachments which require the PC Engine's rear expansion port. The shell is otherwise identical to the launch version of the PC Engine aside for the different coloring and logo.

The console also shipped with a CoreGrafx-themed version of the Turbo Pad, replacing the standard Pad of the original PC Engine.

The CoreGrafx became the de facto model of PC Engine until the release of the CoreGrafx II in June 1991.

Physical scans

PC Engine, JP
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PC Engine
PC Engine (1987) | CoreGrafx (1989) | CoreGrafx II (1991)
X1 Twin (1987) | PC-KD863G (1988) | Shuttle (1989) | GT (1990) | LT (1991)
AV Booster (1988) | Interface Unit (1988) | Ten no Koe 2 (1989) | Backup Booster (1989) | Backup Booster II (1989) | Ten no Koe Bank (1991) | Memory Base 128 (1993)