The TG16 Mini is out and it is just as good as its more popular competitors. The TurboGrafx 16 Mini is such a good buy because most gamers never had the original and really don’t know what they were missing.
Sure most knew of games like Bonk, and Splatterhouse, but there are a lot of hidden gems on the system that remained hidden even to those who owned the console.
While Konami did a good job of choosing the games that are installed on the system, there are a few more we would have liked to have seen. For this list, we are considering PC Engine games as well since they are essentially the same system
These are the 5 games we think should have been on the TurboGrafx-16 Mini
The Legendary Axe
This underrated TurboGrafx-16 game stands out for having gameplay similar to that of Castlevania, and like the renowned Bonk, this one also has the theme of cavemen in the Stone Age.
In The Legendary Axe, you control a caveman who must venture through typical enemy and trap-filled levels. The Legendary Axe itself is, of course, the most awesome weapon during your quest. It’s so powerful that it needs a power bar, that must recharge before you can use its awesomeness.
This game was one of the best options for those looking for an action-packed adventure with tight platforming on the TurboGrafx-16. It is too bad that this classic is not present on the TurboGrafx-16 Mini.
Dragon’s Curse (developed by Westone) turns out to be the same game as Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap that was released for the Mega Drive
Due to various legal issues with SEGA, the Dragon’s Trap could not reach the PC Engine, but thanks to the insistence of Hudson Soft, they managed to get Wonder Boy III under the condition of changing any naming linked to the Wonder Boy saga
If you are familiar at all with Wonder Boy, you know why this would have been a great inclusion. Dragon’s Curse was an awesome action platformer with the unique feature of being able to transform into different creatures during the game, which increases the possibilities of exploration and attack.
Dragon’s Curse also greatly improved upon the graphics and sound quality of the original Wonder Boy III from Mega Drive, making it a superior version of the game.
Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition
Street Fighter 2 is undoubtedly the most influential fighting video game in history, having been featured on almost every console of its era, and the PC Engine was no exception.
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition is the first revision of this successful Capcom creation, and its conversion to the PCE proved to be spectacular, even surpassing some later SNES revisions.
This 2D fighting game is so well known that it needs no introduction. While it never got an American release, the PCE version was a more proper port of the arcade and even included the familiar bonus stages between fights.
Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Goku Densetsu
Dragon Ball Z also had its respective game on the PC Engine, which stands out for adapting the explosive fights of this series to the pixels of this classic console.
Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Goku Densetsu (translated as The Greatest Son Goku Legend) was a popular fighting videogame for the PC Engine. It managed to take advantage of all the power that the console had to offer and adds excellent gameplay on top.
The story of the game features the first three anime sagas: Saiyan, Frieza, and Cell. As you would hope to see from a good Dragon Ball game, the combat is very well adapted, allowing players to move in three different planes, powerful hand-to-hand hits, energy attacks, and intense supers.
It’s too bad this one is missing. This great fighter never left Japan, and remains largely unknown in the west, even to die-hard fans of the series.
Dungeon Explorer II
Dungeon Explorer II is an Action RPG developed by Hudson Soft that combined RPG elements with the action seen in games like Zelda or Neutopia
This ARPG has gameplay more focused on action than on exploration, and its most characteristic mechanic is the capability to play it in multiplayer mode with up to five players simultaneously!
Dungeon Explorer II takes place in an open world with multiple side-quests, and a choice of eight character classes, which can evolve during the game.
Although Dungeon Explorer II was not included in the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, its prequel is fully present. Even though the first Dungeon Explorer is also an excellent game, its sequel simply surpasses it in all aspects, so it’s a shame that it can’t be enjoyed on this mini console.
What games are you missing from your mini? Let us know in the comments.
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