10 Best TurboGrafx-16 games (PC Engine)

10 Best TurboGrafx-16 games (PC Engine)

Best TurboGrafx-16 games … this is one of the least known consoles in the West. Consoles that got pretty good sales though especially in Japan. So let’s remember about this equipment.

TurboGrafx, which made its debut on the Japanese market in October 1987, enjoyed a very high esteem among the descendants of samurai, who for the first years after the premiere preferred this hardware much more than NES (which was reflected in the excellent results of the console). However, the console did much worse in the US and Europe.

TurboGrafx  16 history

TurboGrafx (also known as “PC Engine in Japan and France) is a curious case of gaming hardware. NEC Home Electronics’ console hit the market in the emerging era of 16-bit platforms but offered a processor based on 8-bit architecture (while having “16-bit GPU controller”) Hudson Soft took care of software support.

The equipment was sold in 4 million units in 1987-1994 only on the Japanese market (an undeniable argument in favor of the purchase was the very small dimensions of this console). TurboGrafx was less enthusiastic about the rest of the world. Only 1.5 million pieces of this hardware have been sold in the USA. 

After such a poor reception, the decision to introduce TurboGrafx to the European market was canceled at the last moment. However, distributors from France, Great Britain, and several other countries of the Old Continent have already received several thousand boxes with consoles and there was nothing else for them to do but … to push them to unaware customers. This makes TurboGrafx one of the most sought-after and rarest consoles be released in the PAL version today.

TurboGrafx-16 games list

  • Best PC Engine games
    • Military Madness
    • Ys Book I & II
    • Devil’s Crush
    • Bonk’s Adventure
    • Bomberman ’93
    • Ninja Spirit
    • Legendary Ax
    • Neutopia
    • Blazing Lazers
    • Super Star Soldier

At this point it is worth recalling that many of the biggest hits released on TurboGrafx were included in the library of Virtual Console titles on the Wii or Wii U . It’s worth giving these games a chance like this.

1. Military Madness

Long before the premiere of Advance Wars, TurboGrafx fans could go crazy in a really interesting strategic title, associated with the mentioned brand. In Military Madness, we commanded an army of futuristic vehicles on the moon and the battles were turn-based. This was one of the reasons why TurboGrafx was often purchased.

Military Madness

2. Ys Book I & II

In the 90s, TurboGrafx has an add-on that allows you to run games on CDs. Ys Book was the main argument in favor of buying such a gadget. The game might not have such a depth of erpeg gameplay as Phantasy Star II or the next installments of Final Fantasy, but it provided amazing attractions: animated cutscenes, elements of dubbing and great quality music.

Ys Book I & II

3. Devil’s Crush

Here is one of the best pinballs of the era, which can be played on a par with the excellent Amiga Dreams and Pinball Illusions. In 1990, Devil’s Crush practically did not have equal competition, and for many people it was the basic argument for buying this console. It was only 2 years later that the pinball genre gained a new king, i.e. Pinball Dreams from EA DICE.

Devil's Crush Best TurboGrafx 16 games

4. Bonk’s Adventure

Sega had Sonic, Nintendo Mario and the TurboGrafx mascot was … Bonk! Bonk’s Adventure is a surprisingly good platformer, starring a nice caveman who has to save his kidnapped girlfriend. The title was certainly not as strong as the Adventures of Sonic or the mustachioed plumber, but it had its charm.

Bonk's Adventure Best TurboGrafx 16 games

5. Bomberman ’93

Bomberman has made its way onto many platforms, but TurboGrafx will forever be its home. The version of this brand, which hit the American market in 1993, turned out to be perfectly refined, complete, and, in addition, offered a wonderful multiplayer for up to 5 players. It was an absolute must-have!

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Bomberman '93 Best TurboGrafx 16 games

6. Ninja Spirit

One of the best conversions of this Irem hit from 1988 was the Best TurboGrafx 16 games. The game in this version beat editions from other 8-bit platforms, delighting with graphics polished, just like in the arcade original.

Ninja Spirit Best TurboGrafx 16 games

7. Legendary Axe

It was a launch title that the NES could only dream of. At least graphically. Legendary Ax looked amazingly good in 1989, beating the console competition. The gameplay may not have been top-notch in this scrolled hack’n’slasher, but it could have been put in parenthesis when looking at the visual splendor on the screen.

 Legendary Axe Best TurboGrafx 16 games

8. Neutopia

At that time, he wanted his Zelda also TurboGrafx. As you can guess, a shameless clone came out of it, but it must be said that it was quite successful. The game offered an interesting bestiary, characters and a really nice visual setting. In 1989, the production made a very good overall impression, as long as you forgot that it was a work of plagiarism.

Neutopia Best TurboGrafx 16 games

9. Blazing Lazers

TurboGrafx had a reputation for being a paradise for arcade shooters. Quite well deserved! A lot of great games from this category appeared on the system. The 1989 Blazing Lazers took the NES competition apart from this genre.

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Blazing Lazers Best TurboGrafx 16 games

10. Super Star Soldier

A shooter considered by some Best TurboGrafx 16 games fans to be the most graphically beautiful title from this console. Super Star Soldier from 1991 riveted to itself not only with its beautiful performance. Gameplay in this arcade, vertically scrolled infusion delighted fans of the genre. 

Super Star Soldier Best TurboGrafx 16 games

10 Best TurboGrafx-16 games

Military Madness
Ys Book I & II
Devil’s Crush
Bonk’s Adventure
Bomberman ’93
Ninja Spirit
Legendary Ax
Neutopia
Blazing Lazers
Super Star Soldier

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