Konami announces three versions of the same mini console

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After mini consoles from Nintendo, Playstation Classic and a number of similar devices, Konami introduces new hardware for retro players. The device is called PC Engine Core Grafx Mini – but only in Europe. Similar to its historical counterparts, the US version is called Turbografx 16 Mini, while the Japanese version is called PC Engine Mini.

All three versions also look different: The European and Japanese versions differ in color. In Europe the thing is black, in Japan it is light grey. The black US version also has a completely different shape.

Historical model is the console platform, which is called today and here in Germany in the short form mostly PC engine – with current Desktop systems or run time environments this has however nothing to do. In Japan, the device marketed by NEC together with Hudson came onto the market in 1987; the most important special feature was the relatively good graphics and audio properties.

The devices therefore had a great reputation in the community, and there were also many good games. But the big commercial success failed because of the high prices and probably also because of the bad marketing.

The Minis will be released on March 19, 2020, only via Amazon. The device is currently not available in Germany. Whether this will change – unclear. However, it can also be pre-ordered in Germany from Amazon in Italy, France and Great Britain for around 100 euros each. When ordering in Great Britain, customs and other problems should be taken into account in the case of a Brexit.

The trailer in this news shows some of the most important games. Included are 24 games that were originally released for the English version (Turbografx and PC Engine Core Grafx) as well as 26 titles for the Japanese PC engine. Some of the programs are available twice, apart from the language there are supposed to be marginal differences in content. All titles are delivered with all three variants – only in Japan the game Tokimeki Memorial is offered instead of Salamander.

As with earlier mini consoles, the games are pre-installed, a connection to the Internet is not planned according to the current state of information – so further games cannot be installed. Which emulator is used to play the titles, how and which extras are available is also unknown at the moment.

According to the manufacturer, the video output is via the HDMI connection, resolutions in 480p or 720p are possible. The device comes with a controller and an HDMI cable. Power is supplied via a USB cable, which is also supplied.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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