Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TurboGrafx16, awesome frustration

The TurboGrafx16. This is a really awesome system, 8-bit main processor, but 16-bit graphics processor. Also, once the CD-ROM was released, it was the first CD based console. The games are fun and look great.

But, what is frustrating? The current availability of the system and software.

When the TG16 was actively sold, it's competition was the NES and Genesis. That's a lot of competition, and that's what most people bought. That makes finding the system now quite difficult, and when you do find it, you're going to pay a premium for it.

I got lucky getting myself a nice boxed system, but games are pretty hard to come by locally. So, I end up going to ebay, and paying way too much.

As far as the system goes, I have my gripes about it too. It seems like everything was an add-on for this system. I understand a CD add on, it obviously was not coming with that. But, A/V connections was an add-on. You need to get the turbo-charger, I think it was called. If you do not have it, you are stuff but RF output only. But, the one add-on that gets me the most: ONE CONTROLLER PORT! At least the 3DO has that weird controller daisy chain thing to deal with it's one port, and some versions of the CD-I has another port on the back (stupid, but usable). But, not NEC's TG-16, they wanted you to buy a multi-tap for player two, or be forever alone.

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