Unfortunately, if you haven’t already snagged a Turbografx-16 Mini, you probably won’t be able to get one for a good while thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you did snag one or one of its regional counterparts, 8BitDo has a snazzy set of controllers on the way. 8BitDo’s line of wireless controllers include three variants, and all three are available for preorder at a $24.99 price point. Currently, the release date is set for May 20, 2020.
We made wireless controllers for all 3 TurboGrafx-16 mini consoles. Plug and play wireless, zero lag – 2.4g. It even has turbo functionality and instant home menu access.
— 8BitDo (@8BitDo) April 21, 2020
Known as the Turbografx-16 in North America, this retro console was called the CoreGrafx in Europe and the PC Engine in Japan. Each iteration had a totally different form factor and color design, which are reflected in these controllers as well.
Despite the logistical issues, early reviews for the TurboGrafx-16 Mini have largely been positive. This is a more curious library of games, but the units come with the Japanese PC Engine games as well, so you can access classics like Snatcher and Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. Other familiar IP here include Bonk, Bomberman and even Ys, but it’s more likely the TurboGrafx-16 Mini has more of a discovery factor than say, the more predictable Nintendo mini consoles.
The 8BitDo Turbografx-16 wireless controllers will launch on May 20, 2020.