NEC Turbo Grafx 16 Entertainment Super System
(NEC - 1989)
NEC released the TurboGrafx 16 (Entertainment Super System) on August 29, 1989. It had the distinction of being the first video game console to have dual 16bit GPUs. This gave the system superior graphics capabilities to other systems of the time with the ability to display 482 colors concurrently. I was amazed with this system as a teenager. The graphics rivaled and surpassed most stand up arcade games of the time, and the sleek look and variety of accessories made it a must play unit.
My brother bought a Turbo Grafx at the time, complete with the first CD accessory unit available for any game console... enabling it to play even more spectacular games as well as his growing music CD library. The number of CD games wound up surpassing the number of cartridge games for the system.
Another unique aspect of the TurboGrafx 16, was the game cartridges. They were small Turbo Chips built into a card no bigger than a credit card, known as Hu Cards for tier originator, Hudson Soft. This small aspect ratio made the HU Cards ideal for storing large numbers of games in the same space as a single game cartridge from other consoles took up. Another benefit of this small form factor was that the HU Cards could also be played in the color handheld, portable TurboExpress unit. It was amazing being able to use the exact same HU Card in the console and the handheld, yet another first for video gaming history (The TurboGrafx had a lot of firsts).
Once my brother had moved on to other more modern systems, both of us still looked back fondly on the TurboGrafx and some of the phenomenal game titles it had, like Devil's Crush Pinball and Air Zonk. A few years back I pitched in with my family to buy him a TurboExpress handheld with a few games. It helped him relive some of the gaming magic of the 80's and early 90's.
If you have never experienced gaming on a TurboGrafx, I highly recommend it as some of the arcade scrollers still rival some of todays arcade style games.
- Erik Schubach
My TurboGrafx 16 Collection
These are the Turbo Grafx 16 items that I currently have in my personal vintage technology collection. I am always open to sell or trade any of my duplicates. I am also looking for other TurboGrafx 16 items for my collection... see my wish list below.
Boxed TurboGrafx 16 Game Console (x1)
Boxed TurboGrafx 16 Holiday Edition (x1)
Boxed Turbo Booster (x1)
Boxed Turbo Booster Plus (x1)
Boxed Turbo Tap (x1)
Boxed Turbo Pad (x1)
Boxed Air Zonk (x1)
Boxed Alien Crush (x1)
Boxed Bomberman (x1)
Boxed Bonk's Adventure (x1)
Boxed Bonk's Revenge (x1)
Boxed Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (x1)
Boxed Bravoman (x1)
Boxed Devil's Crush (x1)
Boxed Galaga '90 (x1)
Boxed Impossamole (x1)
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones (x1)
Boxed The Legendary Axe (x1)
Boxed Legendary Axe II (x1)
Boxed Magical Chase (x1)
Boxed Neutopia (x1)
Boxed Neutopia II (x1)
Boxed Ordyne (x1)
Boxed Parasol Stars (x1)
Boxed R-Type (x1)
Boxed Shockman (x1)
Boxed Space Harrier (x1)
Boxed Splatterhouse (x1)
Boxed Tricky Kick (x1)
Boxed Turrican (x1)
TurboGrafx 16 Items Wanted
I will buy your TurboGrafx 16 items. I will pay cash or trade you for the items listed below or anything you do not see in my personal collection listed above. CONTACT ME
Boxed TurboGrafx 16 Consoles
Boxed or loose Turbo CD
Boxed or loose Turbo Booster
Boxed or loose Turbo Booster Plus
Boxed Turbo Tap
Boxed Turbo Pad
Boxed Turbo Stick
Any Boxed TurboGrafx 16 Game Cartridge (HU Card)
Any magazine or book article that features the TurboGrafx 16.
TurboGrafx 16 Items For Sale or Trade
These are the TurboGrafx 16 items that I currently have for sale or trade from my personal vintage technology collection. CONTACT ME
Loose Air Zonk (x1)
Loose TurboGrafx 16 Game Console (x1)
Loose TurboGrafx 16 Turbo Pad (x1)