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What if the TurboGrafx-16 Succeeded?

Alex S. from Link-Cable writes: "As our journey through the ‘What If’s‘ of the gaming world reaches the 16-bit generation, we are now faced with the question – What if the TurboGrafx-16 succeeded? The system was the first major 16-bit console on the market preceding both the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System to store shelves by years but never managed to catch on with the mass market outside of Japan with most modern players only being familiar with the name due in part to the Wii Virtual Console or Kanye West’s 8th album. But what if the system was a hit? What kind of gaming world would we be living in? Let the speculation begin!"

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darthv72109d ago

PCE was huge in JP. Even bigger than Nintendo and Sega (at the time) respectfully. NEC/Hudson just couldn't get that same reaction in NA and EU. A great system that has some amazing games (that were mostly stuck in JP).

rainslacker108d ago

It had the best version of Street Fighter 2 for the time. Sadly, it was the fact they couldn't get a lot of support in the US that it really failed. Plus, it had Sega and Nintendo pretty firmly entrenched in the market.

Despite what the article description says, it actually was an 8-bit system, it just had 2 8-bit processors.

Was my favorite system of the generation, and still the one I go back to most. Ys 1&2 is one of my favorite games of all time.

I feel that even if it was successful, NEC probably would have lost it with the PC-FX. Despite the popularity of the PC-Engine in Japan, the PC-FX never caught fire, and had very limited support.

Whatever234109d ago

And the Turbo Duo was ahead of its time also the portable Turbo.Its only because people follow trends or what is popular , not necessarily what might be better.

Sgt_Slaughter109d ago (Edited 109d ago )

Trends might have been a factor but not the main or only reason. Back then it was what was cheaper and easiest for parents to get their kids that won out. Gameboy beat everyone with less specs because it was the cheapest (at one point you could get a Gameboy for less than $80, meanwhile the TurboEngine was $250 at launch then $300 briefly), and didn't drain 6AA batteries in less than 1/4 of a day. NES and SNES beat everyone due to ease of use, wide variety of library, and affordable price. SEGA, NEC, SNK, Atari, etc., they all tried to compete and failed after a while due to not having all or some of those. Competition was great back then but too many options and bad marketing also hindered some of the lesser consoles/portables.

Einhander1971109d ago

Totally amazing system, I have a Duo R super cd rom:) the Engine was more popular than Megadrive in Japan. But cause the Megadrive was so popular in Europe and US, a ton of great games were produced. Even so it's irrelevant, I love all the 16 bit systems.

PUBG109d ago

I remember playing an F1 racing game, Bonk and a really good pinball game on Turbo Grafx 16 back when it launched. The game cards were kind of cool too. It was almost like putting a bank card into a point of sale terminal.