E3 has been busy with announcements and today comes a wonderful piece of hardware news from Konami in the form of the PC Engine Core Grafx mini.
The PC Engine Core Grafx mini, a compact version of the classic 1980’s console, will be released in select European countries. Two additional variants will be released. North America will see the TurboGrafx-16 mini and Japan will get the PC Engine mini.
So far the announced catalog of pre-loaded titles on the PC Engine Core Grafax mini includes a delightful sampling of classics such as R-Type, Ninja Spirit, Alien Crush, Ys I & II, and Dungeon Explorer. Also included and a personal favorite of this writer is the classic Hudson Soft title New Adventure Island. More titles will be announced at a later date.
Compared to the original the new console will fit in the palm of a person’s hand and features a full-sized controller. The original consoles are well-known for their historical firsts that include the first console with a CD-ROM add-on as well as the first console to offer multi-tap support for up to five players. In addition the consoles have become a collector’s favorite with their quality line-up of which many will be included in this re-release.
Going forward details about additional titles in the full game line-up, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. This writer cannot wait for these details and can only hope that we will see Bonk return.
More information about the PC Engine Core Grafx mini can be found at konami.com/games/pcemini/.
Konami Digital Entertainment (@Konami Twitter) is the core company of the Konami Group which was established in 1973. The Konami Group started as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades and over the years has grown to include different business units across various markets.