News on the games lineup of the TurboGrafx-16 mini, PC Engine mini, and PC Engine CoreGrafx mini released this week, but Japanese fans haven’t been too happy, as the PC Engine mini is missing games like the Tengai Makyou series, and more. However, it seems that there might be more on the way, just unannounced. [Thanks, Gosokkyu!]
According to Japanese user Satoshin, who went to a PC Engine mini demo event this week (evidence here), the producer for the mini console was present at the event, and so he gave feedback that the PC Engine mini in its current state. He argued that currently the PC Engine mini is not much more than a Konami archive of games previously released as Virtual Console or digital releases, as well as whether it was intentional that there were no Namco games included in the lineups as well. The producer answered that there is “a very good chance” that there will be more than the 50 announced titles.
Apart from this, there are some other hints that have popped up, such as how the official press release states that 50 titles are announced without stating that it is ‘50 titles total (全５０本), and the fact that most of the fan-requested titles have yet to be announced at all. Red Entertainment has also tweeted about the mini console, commenting that Bonk and Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire have been announced, and more importantly, to look forward to future updates. Red Entertainment are the IP holders for the Tengai Makyou/Far East of Eden series.
While nothing is outright confirmed until it’s announced, we have seen prior mini consoles do this tactic in the past, such as the SNES Mini with 20+1 games (Star Fox 2), and the upcoming Genesis Mini was announced to have 40 games before announcing 2 extra games with Tetris and Darius. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the same thing happen here.
TurboGrafx-16 mini, PC Engine mini, and PC Engine CoreGrafx mini release on March 19, 2020, exclusively through Amazon Japan for 10,500 yen each. Pre-orders go live on July 15, 2019 at 12:00am JST.