A first look at the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, which was announced earlier this week, has gone up thanks to mock-ups being available at E3, giving a first impression of the three console variations set to launch in Japan, Europe, and North America respectively. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]
As you might know, the PC Engine was also sold overseas as the PC Engine Core Grafx in Europe, and the TurboGrafx-16 in North America, and all three variations are set to be sold to their respective regions. While it’s called ‘mini’, each of them are actually around 85% of the original size, as it would lose some authenticity if it were even smaller. Meanwhile, the controllers stay the originally size as the original versions.
Interface-wise, the controllers use USB ports, and the output requires an HDMI cable. While the power switch is sliding-type like the original version, Hu-cards understandably can’t be inserted into the mini versions. While the back part does have a cover present where the expansion connector originally was, it’s just there for show and will instead likely be where the HDMI cable will be connected.
Currently, Konami is taking feedback on what titles should be included (you can find the first revealed titles here) over social media. It’s currently unknown whether the three versions will include the same titles. That said, while the mini console itself is of the base PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16, Konami are accepting requests for titles from its expansion, the CD-ROM² and the SUPER CD-ROM² as well.
Finally, the various versions of the TurboGrafx-16 mini are only set to be sold in their respective regions. However, Konami have said that they are willing to look into releasing the other versions as Limited Editions in each respective region if there is enough demand over social media and the like.
A release date has not yet been announced for the TurboGrafx 16 Mini, PC Engine CoreGrafx Mini, or PC Engine Mini. Check out the first trailer here.