by Dark Watcher
On October 30, 1987 the first 16-Bit home videogame console was released in Japan by NEC. The PC Engine was clearly a "next
generation" system with its amazing specs and wallet sized card games called "HuCards".
The PC Engine was immensely popular in Japan, outselling the Famicom by a significant margin. Two years after its Japanese introduction, NEC announced plans to bring the PC Engine overseas. NEC dubbed the US release TurboGrafx-16 and prepared to dominate both Nintendo and Sega as they did in Japan.
In 1988, NEC took gaming to the next level. They were the first to use the immense storage capability of Compact Disc. NEC's CD-ROM add-on device was called TurboGrafx-CD or TG-CD (PC Engine CD-ROM2 in Japan). The add-on would be immensely popular in its native country of Japan, releasing over 400 games. The console did not fare as well in the North American market.
|Even with its amazing potential, the TurboGrafx-CD was marketed poorly. Not only was this item priced at a ridiculous $399, but only two games were even released for it during its first six months of existence. Neither TG-CD game, Fighting Street nor Monster Lair, came anywhere close to taking advantage of the system's capabilities.|