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Re: Article on TurboGrafx-16 25th Anniversary

by Ziggy587 Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:29 pm

The article was a good read. The driving point in it, on why the TG16 failed, was because of NEC. It's interesting to know that the console could have been MUCH more, but was instead starved until it died.
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Re: Article on TurboGrafx-16 25th Anniversary

by Cronozilla Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:45 pm

It's a sad read.

I do remember seeing a bit of TurboGrafx 16 stuff in magazines. But I also snagged GamePro and Game Players a lot, whom just had sections promoting importing. (Though I never even saw GameFan in stores at the time)

The most interesting part of the article was Victor Ireland working for TTi.
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Re: Article on TurboGrafx-16 25th Anniversary

by Key-Glyph Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:40 am

TSTR wrote:The only game I can specifically recall hearing about was Bonk. I suppose that's a testament to the poor marketing.
Same, pretty much. I was vaguely aware of Bonk and advertisements for Air Zonk in magazines (I couldn't even remember that title and had to search to figure it out), but as a second-grader I somehow got the impression that the console was for teenagers and other impossibly old and mature human beings who were more into scares and gore than silly fun -- probably due to the western console redesign the article talked about, but also things like that broody commercial, which I must have seen but don't remember. I just didn't think about it much. I didn't even know the Turbo Express existed until I read that article! All I remember is the passing thought of "Oh, that's not for me," and then... poof.
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Re: Article on TurboGrafx-16 25th Anniversary

by retrosportsgamer Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:46 pm

They had a TG16 section in the Sears Christmas Catalog and I recall wondering why they would name their sports games "TV Sports Football, Hockey, etc..."

Bonk and Splatterhouse were the names we knew best. My buddy was a big gamer (well, his parents enabled him and bought all this stuff) and I remember he even had a Turbo Express (!).
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Re: Article on TurboGrafx-16 25th Anniversary

by retrosportsgamer Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:05 pm

Finally got a chance to read that article - definitely a must-read imo. Really disappointing how TTi (essentially Hudson) wouldn't fund anything in the US down the stretch.
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