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PC Engine Mini
Manufacturer: Konami
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
JP
¥? ?
TurboGrafx-16
US
$? ?

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The PC Engine Mini, known as the TurboGrafx-16 Mini in North America and the PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini in Europe, is a miniturised version of the PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine CoreGrafx, respectively, containing 50 built-in games. Released by Konami in 2020, it follows a trend of plug-in-and-play "mini consoles" started by Nintendo, which has since been replicated by SNK, Sony and Sega.

While the design of each "mini" console is tailored for the three main regions, the list of games are identical. As the TurboGrafx-16 struggled in the US market and was virtually non-existent in Europe, 26 games in the library were originally exclusive to Japan. Other than the sake of variety, it is not known why Europe received a CoreGrafx console, given that the system was not officially released in that region.

The PC Engine mini chooses to group its lineup as either "TurboGrafx-16 games", or "PC Engine games", but in reality a number of systems are represented, from the SuperGrafx games Aldynes and Daimakaimura, to CD-ROM², Super CD-ROM² and Arcade CD-ROM² games from both the US and Japan. Most of the games included were originally released by Konami or Hudson Soft (now owned by Konami), though third-party titles by Taito and Sega are also included.

The console also ships with either PC Engine Pads or Turbo Pads, though this time the controllers connect via USB (and all units have two controller ports). The system is also powered by USB, and connects to televisions exclusively through HDMI. In Japan, Hori offers a five-way multi-tap and extra controllers to get the most out of games which support more than two players.

List of games

TurboGrafx-16

PC Engine

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