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Why the Turbo Graphics 16 Mini Is a Good Deal

Updated on May 22, 2020
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I am a life long gamer, who enjoys video games, board games and even tabletop role playing games. Unfortunately I also have limited time.

Here it is!
Here it is!

Why the Turbo Graphics 16 Mini is a good deal

The Turbo Graphics 16 is a rare thing in the gaming world of Sega, Nintendo and Sony these days.

It was yet another console that fought the video game wars and lost. But unlike most of the other systems nobody remembers like the Amiga, or the 3DO there was one key difference, and I'm not talking about those weird little cards the games game in..

The Turbo Graphics 16 had amazing games! Sure very few people bought the system back in the day. But that doesn't mean it wasn’t a place where good games were available. It just means nobody could afford more than one system back then.

I actually had a Turbo Graphics 16 as a kid, and I remember it being pretty solid. Bonk and JJ & Jeff were two of my favorites, although admittedly I found JJ & Jeff a little confusing.

Unfortunately I took in a stray dog named Fred, who chewed up the cables and I never replaced them. But It doesn’t mean I don’t have fond memories of the system, and I plan to be the first in line when it is released. (Metaphorically of course, i'll just order it off amazon.)

The system had some of the most interesting RPGs, adrenaline inducing action games and of course the shooters.

No not the first person ones, but the ones where you are a little plane or space ship and you fly around on a 2d screen.

Yes that is what shooters used to be.

Offical Game List!
Offical Game List!

It is actually a pretty good deal when you think about it.

But don't think about it to much, because I did it for you!

The mini console is actually a real deal when you run the numbers, as it could save you a stack of cash. If you are like me, and enjoy your games being a bit more on the “Physical side.” as in, you can put them on your shelf, or put them next to your tv you might be tempted just to see how much buying the actual media would cost you.

Well get ready for a shock. Turbo Graphics 16 is expensive. It’s called Supply and demand, and there is not a lot of supply but there is demand so it adds up quickly!

Fine, ill give you bonks adventure.
Fine, ill give you bonks adventure.

How much would it cost you to buy the old stuff?

If you were to attempt to collect for the Turbo Graphics 16 Mini’s library of games on Ebay or a nearby gaming store You would have to spend thousands of dollars to build an equivalent library of games.

If you look at some of the games available and your a gamer like you, you should be excited.

Aliens and pinball!
Aliens and pinball!

Alien Crush

They have Alien Crush, debatably the best alien based pinball game released on any console ever.

This use to be considered amazing graphics kids!
This use to be considered amazing graphics kids!

Ys 1 & 2

For the RPG fan, they have Ys 1 & 2, you might not know much about the Ys series, but they are very popular in Japan, and with good reason. They are good games.

I swear this game is good
I swear this game is good

Bonks Adventure

And of course, they almost had to include this… They have bonk’s adventure. Bonk was the answer to Mario, but instead of using his feet, he used his head and smashed his was through the levels. Bonk had a mix of humour and action that has rarely been matched even today.

North American Titles

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman ‘93
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Cadash
  • Chew-Man-Fu
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • J.J. & Jeff
  • Lords Of Thunder
  • Military Madness
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Parasol Stars
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Soldier Blade
  • Space Harrier
  • Splatterhouse
  • Victory Run
  • Ys Book I&II

They also have Japanese exclusives!

They also included many japanese titles on the mini console as well. An interesting choice. Now admittedly most of us don’t speak japanese around here, but I suspect a way to access english titles will become available to the patient.

Complete Japanese Language Titles

  • Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo
  • Aldynes
  • Appare! Gateball
  • Bomberman ’94
  • Bomberman Panic Bomber
  • Chō Aniki
  • Daimakaimura
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Galaga ’88
  • Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
  • Gradius
  • Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō –
  • Jaseiken Necromancer
  • Nectaris
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • Ninja Ryūkenden
  • PC Genjin
  • Salamander
  • Seirei Senshi Spriggan
  • Snatcher
  • Spriggan Mark 2
  • Star Parodier
  • Super Darius
  • Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
  • Super Star Soldier
  • The Genji and the Heike Clans
  • The Kung Fu
  • The Legend of Valkyrie
  • Ys I・II

I bought mine from Amazon, I recommend them.


So to wrap things up, I am looking forward to the Turbo Graphics 16 Mini, and so should you! I think it's a great time to be a gamer, and play some old games once and awhile without having to break the bank. These mini consoles are a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to this new one as well.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2020 Rich E Cunningham


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