PC Engine Core Grafx Mini Launches in March With 50-ish Games

By Chris Kohler on at

You’ll be able to complete the trifecta of tiny 16-bit throwback systems on 19th March 2020, when Konami releases the PC Engine Core Grafx Mini (or TurboGrafx-16 Mini, as it'll be known in the States). It’ll include Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Bonk’s Revenge, Nemesis (Gradius) and many more games, including many Japanese exclusives.

Konami said today that it will sell the device exclusively through Amazon, with preorders opening up on Monday, July 15 during the online retailer’s “Prime Day” promotion. Our model will be styled after the CoreGrafx revision, as seen above. The U.S. will get the TurboGrafx-shaped device, ande Japan will get a version modelled after the PC Engine. No price has been announced for the western releases yet, but the Japanese one will cost 10,500 yen (around £77).

The game library will be identical across all three systems, including 24 western versions of games and 26 Japanese versions. There is a little bit of overlap between the two – for example, both the western and Japanese versions of the action RPG Neutopia are included. That means it’s not quite 50 games total, but it’s still a rich lineup, which even includes CD-ROM games and some games from the Japanese SuperGrafx system.

Dracula X: Rondo of Blood.

It’s an interesting mix for sure, even including some untranslated, text-heavy games like Snatcher and Tokimeki Memorial. Working Designs’ first two games Parasol Stars and Cadash are on the list, too, and so is the extremely rare shmup Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire.

Here’s the whole lineup:

Western games:

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman ‘93
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Cadash
  • Chew-Man-Fu
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • J.J. & Jeff
  • Lords Of Thunder
  • Military Madness (Nectaris)
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Parasol Stars
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Soldier Blade
  • Space Harrier
  • Victory Run
  • Ys Book I & II

Japanese PC Engine games:

  • Akumajō Dracula X Chi No Rondo (Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood)
  • Aldynes (SuperGrafx game)
  • Appare! Gateball
  • Bomberman ‘94
  • Bomberman Panic Bomber
  • Chō Aniki
  • Daimakaimura (Ghouls ‘N’ Ghosts - SuperGrafx game)
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire
  • Gradius (Nemesis)
  • Gradius II – Gofer No Yabō (Nemesis II)
  • Jaseiken Necromancer
  • Nectaris (Military Madness)
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • Ninja Ryūkenden (Ninja Gaiden)
  • PC-Genjin (Bonk)
  • Salamander
  • Snatcher
  • Star Parodier (Fantasy Star Soldier)
  • Super Darius
  • Super Momotarō Dentetsu II
  • Super Star Soldier
  • The Kung Fu (China Warrior)
  • Ys I & II

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