One day out of know where an epiphany popped into my head, Where’s The TurboGrafx 16 Clone? For many years now we have received Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis Clones but a Turbo Grafx clone is nowhere to be found. I want to relive the Ys, Splatterhouse, Bonks Adventure, Magic Chase, Blazing Lazers, Valis III in HD and I’m sure I’m not alone in the retro gaming community.
What Is The TurboGrafx 16?
By now you would think most people are aware of what a TurboGrafx 16 is but you would be surprised how many people I have talked to that have never heard of it and that is sad. The TurboGrafx 16, also known as the PC Engine in Japan and France is a retro video game console which first released in Japan on October 30,1987. The console was created by Hudson Soft and Nec Home Electronics.
During the 16-bit era the TurboGrafx 16 was the first console to release but still used an 8-bit CPU and was intended to compete with the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Console had a 16-bit video color encoder and a display controller. The TurboGrafx 16 had the revolutionary HuCard which were thin credit card size game cartridges and they were pretty amazing. Unfortunately, the console didn’t sell well in North America but did pretty well in Japan and lead to the Turbo Grafx CD as well as the Turbo Duo which I own the White Japanese version with a region chip. The console was definitely underrated and because of retro collecting it has definitely gone up in price but enough about the original TurboGrafx16, Why has there been no clone system or any newer accessories for the console?
Hyperkin’s Portable TurboGrafx-16
There was the talk of a Hyperkin Portable TurboGrafx-16 clone in 2016 called the Turbo HD which not only got me excited but many other retro gamers all over the world and many ran to the internet to express their interest in the clone console. Now during the TurboGrafx 16 era there was also a portable version of the console called the Turbo Express that played all the original HuCards which meant you could take your TurbGrafx gaming on the go and nowadays this system goes for hundreds of dollars. The Turbo HD was essential supposed to be an HD version of this console that you could also connect to and game on your TV.
Hyperkin announced on March 31st of 2016 that they would be developing a portable HD version of the TurboGrafx or TurboExpress that would be compatible with TurboGrafx 16 games known as HuCards. The System would have a 4″ Amoled screen and output at 1080p to your TV. It has a projected price point of $100, features like a HDTV Tuner and 3.5mm headphone jack but no release date.
So Where is the Turbo HD?
It is nearing the end of 2017 and no Turbo HD. Where is it Hyperkin? You got all our hopes up and we are not playing our TurboGrafx games in HD. We this is what has been on my mind lately, just can’t get it out of my head and I had to look towards the internet for the information I need to put my mind at rest.
Within the first page of my google search for the Hyperkin Turbo HD I came across the Hyperkin Facebook page and there was a post. It was a post that crushed all my hopes and dreams which was like hearing about the Spartan all over again!
The Turbo HD was an April fools joke, Hyperkin you damn bastards, that’s not funny and downright mean hearted. My hopes for finally getting a TurboGrafx 16 clone system might have been crushed or just faded a little thanks to a practical joke. Either way, the Turbo HD is not a real thing and doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.
The Hope Is Still Alive!
Even though the Turbo HD was an April fools joke and Hyperkin isn’t working on a TurboGrafx clone I think the hope for one is still very much alive. There is a void within that needs filled and I still have hope that someday the retro gaming community will see a TurboGrafx clone. The community feels that Hutson Soft is making it very difficult to get the rights to TurboGrafx games and that is why we haven’t seen a clone console yet. So hear our cries Hutson Soft, we want a TurboGrafx Clone and we ask that you make it happen!