Review by semi

"A good, but often overlooked, system."

The TurboGrafx-16 is a fun video game system that really never gained popularity. Brought to you by NEC, the TurboGrafx-16 was an advanced system at the time of its release. So without further ado,

Design: (7\10)
NEC's TurboGrafx-16 is designed quite well. It is rectangle shaped, with the back being very slightly rounded, and the front flat. Examining the back, however, will reveal that it pops off! This covers the AC jack and a huge, giant, mystery port. The mystery port is for an add-on for the TurboGrafx-16, A CD attachment with its own games, like the Sega CD. This Add-on, the Turbo CD, is hard to find due to the fact that among the few owners of TurboGrafx's, even fewer wanted the expensive attachment.. The AC jack is almost hidden in the corner of the large, bulky, port, and is hard to find if you don't know where to look. Another problem with the design, is that there is only one controller port. Without buying the adapter for the TurboGrafx-16, your gameplay will be limited to one player. Its small game port is a plus though. You need not take out the game to find out what is in it, the label is right there, easily seen. It also has a conveniently located power switch, unfortunately, there is no power light, just an day-glo orange sticker. Overall, the design is very nice.

Controllers: (10\10)
Boy, do I love the controllers for this system. They are, for the most part, standard controllers like one would see on a NES, with a D pad, an A and B button, a Start button, and a "back" button. On second glance, you might notice two switches above the A and B buttons. These 3-way switches are the built in Turbo switches. Flipping one switch up a notch will cause the button below to act as if it is being pressed over and over again when held down. Flip it up 2 notches, and it acts as if the buttons are being pressed inhumanly fast. These controllers are easy to hold, and are very good overall. One problem is to play multiplayer, you need a special adapter, as the TurboGrafx has 1 controller port, but what is interesting, is that 5 people can play at once WITH the adapter, thats right, 5!

Games: (7\10)
The TurboGrafx-16 games are unique in one way, they are stored on cards, about the size of 2 credit cards stacked on top of each other. If you have ever owned a Sega Master System, they will be familiar, except the TurboGrafx's ones hold much more memory. But about the actual games: The game that comes (or came) with the TurboGrafx-16 is the infamous Keith Courage in Alpha Zones. This terrible game is part of the reason for this system being uncommon, no one wants the pack-in game. TurboGrafx has many other fun games, however, Bonk, a sidescroller, was a popular game. Bonk became TurboGrafx's mascot in later years. The Legendary Axe is also an amazing game. Probably the most popular TurboGrafx Game, it shows off all of TurboGrafx's power. TurboGrafx is also home to the "Y's" series, a series of RPG's only on TurboGrafx-16.

Recommendation:
If you see one of these for sale, I recommend buying it. This system is very fun, and interesting too. If you like old video games, this is for you. One can easily be located on E-bay, as well as multiplayer adapters and popular games. Everything needed for a TurboGrafx set up. You won't regret buying it.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/31/05


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