Turbo Technologies, Inc.

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Turbo Technologies, Inc. (TTi) was a joint venture set up by NEC and Hudson Soft to market the TurboGrafx-16 and related products in North America. It came to fruition in the middle of 1992 to replace NEC Technologies, which had failed to capture a significant portion of the video game console market. NEC wanted to downscale their TurboGrafx operations, while Hudson Soft which were doing well from PC Engine and TurboGrafx sales, were dissatistied with NEC's efforts and wanted a greater say in how the console should be marketed.

TTi is usually associated with the TurboDuo (later just "Duo"), the first system to be released during their tenure and a replacement for both the TurboGrafx-16 and TurboGrafx-CD. The company published the vast majority of North American TurboGrafx-16 and (Super) CD-ROM² games, as well as overseeing a small handful of Western-developed projects which had been initiated by NEC prior to TTi's creation. Over the coming months and years TTi attempted to position the Duo as a high-end video game console, focusing the bulk of its time bringing already completed Japanese games to North America.

However, communications between NEC in Japan and TTi in the US were poor, money was tight and sales were poor, causing TTi to pull out of the market in 1994.




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