Turbografx 16 Games Officially Coming To PS3 and PSP

First Neo Geo makes its way to PlayStation 3 (complete with a bundle pack which includes all of the currently-released games), and now this.  If this isn’t shaping up to be the year of PlayStation 3, then those birds falling from the sky are a sign of something completely different (though I still venture to guess that they are fainting from all of the awesomeness of gaming goodness coming this year).
Coming this month to PSN, the list of TG16 games are as follows:
Alien Crush
Bomberman ’94
Bonk’s Adventure
Dungeon Explorer
Neutopia
New Adventure Island
Soldier Blade
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
World Sports Competition

I’m personally excited about Neutopia, mainly for it’s Zelda-like adventure, but a lot of these titles are solid games.  No pricing has been announced as of yet, but unlike the Neo Geo games, these titles will be playable on both the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems.
For more information on this (as well as some expressions of excitement), I leave you with Mr. Glenn Percival, ladies and gentlemen!
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Hey everyone, the resident Turbografx fanboy is here! Now, I own a bunch of these from the Japanese PSN, so I have a pretty good understanding of what we’re getting. Simply put, these are the same games that were originally released, with perfect emulation, and the ability not only to play on both the PS3 and PSP, but to save your game state at any point. On top of that, your save game can be transferred back-and forth pretty easily, which is very nice in longer games like Neutopia. The graphics look great on an HDTV, but instead of adding some goofy smoothing filters etc, they’ve simply gotten rid of the interlacing to eliminate the flickering effect that many games from this era exhibit on the newer displays. What you won’t get is any online features or trophies, which I’m totally fine with. So here are some thoughts that I have on most of these initial 10 titles.

-Bomberman ’94
This is my favorite Bomberman game ever made (#2 is Saturn Bomberman, which should come to PSN as well!) The story mode is a blast, the boss battles are epic, and the audio and visual updates from earlier versions are truly spectacular.

-Bonk’s Adventure
Mascots were a big deal back in the 16-bit days, and Bonk was quite popular. This is the first game in the series on the Turbo, and it’s quite fun. It’s not as pretty as platformers on the competitors, but what it had was incredibly solid gameplay, a memorable soundtrack, and bosses that were huge! This is a must-buy.

-Neutopia
Neutopia is an obvious Legend of Zelda clone, but is quite good with a great story and very solid gameplay mechanics. Being a clone isn’t a bad thing though, as the game is very solid and definitely sets itself apart as its own franchise. I honestly love this and Neutopia 2.

-Alien Crush
A true “fantasy” pinball title, Alien Crush was revered for its solid mechanics and compelling gameplay. Many even consider this a better game than Devil’s Crush.

-Super Star Soldier
A game that I’ve spent a LOT of time with, and a SHMUP that really set some standards, Super Star Soldier is an absolute favorite in the series and of any Turbografx fan. This is an outstanding shooter with awesome colors, huge bosses, fast gameplay, and never a hitch. Buy this game!

-Soldier Blade
Soldier Blade, which is in the Star Soldier series, is arguably the best in the series. The use of deep color palettes and incredibly solid gameplay makes it a must-buy to anyone. Also, the US version is extremely rare, so popularity is quite high for this one.

-Dungeon Explorer
Think Gauntlet, with 5 players. Yup, the Turbografx allowed for 5 players simultaneously, and this is one of the games that supported the feature. It’s quite a blast to play with your friends, and there’s even a story! Choose between 6 different classes to play as, and Hack and Slash your way to victory!

-New Adventure Island
A very nice looking game in a very popular series, this platformer compels the player to keep moving forward because, well, it constantly scrolls. Get upgrades like an axe or a skateboard, all in the effort to save your new wife Tina, who’s been kidnapped right after your wedding. Get it in gear Master Higgins!

-Victory Run
Here’s an arcade racer that will seem pretty similar to another game that you may have played. Honestly, this one’s always been a “pass” for me, as there are better games on the Turbografx for racing action.

-World Sports Competition
This late entry on the Turbo included Summer Olympics events such as Swimming, Track and Field, Archery, Rowing, and Shooting. It was a decent game at the time, but honestly one that I’ve never been very fond of.

So, out of these games, I strongly recommend (in no particular order):
-Soldier Blade
-Super Star Soldier
-Alien Crush
-Bomberman ’94 (such a great entry in the series!)
-Bonk’s Adventure
-Neutopia
-Dungeon Explorer

I really like New Adventure Island, but many may gt frustrated with the difficulty. Victory Run I just can’t recommend, and World Sports Competition was ok, but I doubt many would get into it.

Now, we don’t have any firm release info yet, nor do we have pricing, but they are saying January. Let’s hope that we get more information during our interview airing in Episode 199!

(Thanks to Rey for getting this thing started!)

Press Release:
HUDSON ENTERTAINMENT TO CELEBRATE OLD SCHOOL GAMING WITH TURBOGRAFX CLASSICS FOR PLAYSTATION NETWORK

Ports of Original TurboGrafx 16 Favorites to be Available for Download in January

San Mateo, Calif. – Jan. 5, 2011 – Hudson Entertainment is bringing back the old school with the upcoming release of TurboGrafx Classics for PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. The 10 games from the beloved console will be available to PlayStation Network users, released individually this winter.

Fans of the TurboGrafx-16 can look forward to playing the following games on their PlayStation® 3 system or PSP® system, which will be the first of many TurboGrafx-16 games delivered in full to the new generation console:

Alien Crush
Bomberman ’94
Bonk’s Adventure
Dungeon Explorer
Neutopia
New Adventure Island
Soldier Blade
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
World Sports Competition

The original TurboGrafx-16 video game console was developed by Hudson Soft and NEC. It was released to major popularity in Japan in 1987, making its way to North America in 1989. With an 8-bit CPU and dual 16-bit GPU the console was capable of displaying 482 colors at once. TurboGrafx-16 was the first console to have an optional CD module, which allowed for more storage and cheaper costs.

For more information on TurboGrafx Classics and other Hudson titles, visit www.hudsonent.com.

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  • I don’t wan’t to sound ignorant, but Ill go ahead and do it, what does 16 mean? i know 16 bit would the obvious answer. I dont know, I was hoping for a deeper meaning?

    anyway its sad that I only know 4 of these, but if they sell as packs or bundles, I might partake for reasonable price. coz Neogeo was a let down, even though I know all the collection(KOF fan), I never bother buying one also coz of the price, plus the price separation on PS3 version and PSP was stupid. here’s hoping Hudson go thru the promise.

    • Nah, you don’t sound ignorant. Truth is, as I was trying to think of a way to explain it, I found that I didn’t really know the answer either. It referred to the system’s ability to display higher resolution and color, but ultimately it was just another way to say that it was the “next” level of gaming.

      Turbo Graphics 16 was around at the time of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo, so they share that 16-bit look in common.

  • I’ll probably pick up Dungeon Explorer out of these first ones because I’d like to play it in English even though I already own the Japanese version on HuCard.

  • TG-16 titles getting released on PSN is great, but I’m a bit bummed of no trophy support & I’ve got 5 on Wii already.

  • I’ve been anticipating the arrival of TurboGrafx Classics for a long time (ever since they were released in Japan), so I’m very pleased to hear that they’ll be reaching North American gamers very soon. I’ll be on board for a few of these games as long as the pricing is good.

  • Ok let me say this why do every game need trophies. Classics should just look clear and crisp to me. I don’t need someone ruining the experience by tossing in trophies. Oh well guess i view classic gaming different. Online is ok , but again I don’t really need it. What i do need is Imports from japan like PSone Classics does. Ys IV, Dracula X, and many more PC-Engine/Duo titles.

  • I think another game to consider is Final Lap series. Turbo Grafx 16 was was better on their CD games which were better than Sega CD except for 3 games ( Final Fight, and Lunar 1 and 2). I bought 2 Neo Geo games and refuse to buy any more due to high price and making people buy games twice for PS3 and PSP. This here from Hudson is better deal and please bring some Japanese Titles out even if if they are not in English. People will buy the games still. Enough said just can’t wait and I would agree now with others online support for games like Bomberman 94 would have been nice. I really hope Turbo Duo CD games are released here too soon.