Friday, 16 October 2009

The PC Engine

Last week saw the 22nd anniversary of the launch of NEC's PC Engine. Overshadowed by Nintendo and Sega's equaivalent 8-bit consoles, in terms of power and games this beat the competition hands-down. In the UK, the PC Engine launched the import gaming business since the console was never officially released in Europe, while in the US it had an ugly makeover in the form of the TurboGrafx-16 and fought hard against the Sega's Genesis.

With dimensions of 14 cm x 14 cm x 3.8 cm (5.5in x 5.5in x 1.5in), the PC Engine holds the record for the world's smallest games console ever made, with games available in card form (HuCards). In Japan, the console become the hub of an entertainment system that launched a wealth of peripherals and models, including the PC Engine GT (a portable console with screen), the wonderful PC Engine LT (a semi-pertable PC Engine with fold-down screen), CD-ROM systems, etc.

Here are some good links:
The NFG PC Engine Gallery
PC Engine Software Bible
PC Engine FX
Super PC Engine Grafx

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