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5:00 AM on 05.28.2013

Episode 2 of Bravoman is about crazy ninja love

The adventures of Bravoman, Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence, continues with the second episode of his new web cartoon. As before, voice actor legend Rob Paulsen is the number one reason to tune in, lending his talents to ...

Tony Ponce


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Terra Battle In-Game Giveaway

Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..




2:00 AM on 05.22.2013

Yakko Warner is Bravoman in new Namco cartoon

The cartoon adaptation of ShiftyLook's Bravoman: Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence went live on May 20, exactly 25 years to the day since the launch of the obscure TurboGrafx-16 game Bravoman upon which it was based. Geeze,...

Tony Ponce

4:00 AM on 04.16.2013

18 different gaming consoles combined into one system

Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 AM on 03.20.2013

Magical Chase soundtrack is finally something you can own

Are you a fan of Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata's collaborations on Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy Tactics, Opoona, and more? Perhaps you dig Sakimoto's more recent works that include Final Fantasy XII and the Valk...

Jayson Napolitano

1:15 PM on 03.08.2013

Osbcure Namco game Bravoman gets a cartoon

I know you're looking at that headline and saying to yourself, "What the hell is Bravoman?" It's a fairly unknown Namco arcade game from the 80s that was later ported to the TurboGrafx-16 -- and incidentally is also available...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 12.21.2012

New VGM supergroup Lords of Thunder to debut at MAGFest

You won't just find old faves performing at MAGFest. Sometimes, new bands will take to the stage! Lords of Thunder is a supergroup that consists of Mike Villalobos and John Pike from Descendants of Erdrick, Mateo Marshall fr...

Tony Ponce

5:30 PM on 02.02.2012

Live show: Bonk's Adventure on Mash Tactics

Thursdays on Mash Tactics are now 'Throwback Thursdays'. Each week, King Foom will choose one retro game to play through, starting with Bonk's Adventure for the TurboGrafx-16. This journey will pit Foom against the evil King ...

Bill Zoeker

3:20 PM on 01.05.2011

NA PlayStation Store getting TurboGrafx-16 games

Starting this month, Hudson will gleefully begin pumping out TurboGrafx-16 games for the North American PlayStation Store. They'll be offered as individual downloads for PlayStation 3 and PSP should you feel the need to reliv...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 11.19.2010

TurboGrafx-16 games coming to PlayStation Store in Europe

There has been some talk in the past about getting TurboGrafx-16 titles on to the PlayStation Store in the west. Japan has had access to them for years now. It seems that they will finally materialize, as the German software ...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 PM on 06.29.2010

TurboGrafx 16 and Neo Geo games for PSP on the way?

Those who update their PlayStation Portable to the newest firmware are in for a surprise. Wait, wait -- I might be overselling this. The update adds two new game folders to the handheld: "NEOGEO" and "PCEngine" (aka TurboGraf...

Jordan Devore



Off-Brand Games: Neutopia photo
Off-Brand Games: Neutopia
by Tony Ponce

[Many video games build upon the concepts and mechanics of their forerunners. Off-Brand Games examines those that draw just a little too much... inspiration.]

Take a look at this. Now, take a look at this. Does anyone remember seeing these commercials on TV when they originally aired? No, you did not. Don't lie. You didn't see squat.

Let's cut right to it -- no one cared about the TurboGrafx-16. No one cared about the Master System either, for that matter. With Nintendo holding 90% US market share, those other guys were fighting for table scraps and no one gave a flying fudge.

Oh, but that didn't stop the mudslinging! Here's a commercial comparing China Warrior and Kung Fu. Ooooh, I wanna play China Warrior now! Are you kiddin'? Hot damn! What else ya got? You can't out-Nintendo Nintendo but Hudson tried anyway. If there was a game that looked kinda spiffy on the NES, the bee people answered with a color-enhanced alternative. Such was the case with Neutopia. If the games were über enough, they thought, all the kiddies would up and switch camp!

And now TurboGrafx games are on the Virtual Console. Boom. 

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11:30 PM on 11.02.2009

This Splatterhouse custom is the definition of badass

Reliving painful gaming memories we've repressed is the norm for this gig. Upon seeing Splatterhouse's Rick in glorious custom toy form over at Tomopop, I was reminded how I never did beat Splatterhouse 2, and was forced to s...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 09.02.2009

MEAT! Bonk: Brink of Extinction to hit WiiWare/XBLA/PSN

Hudson is really mining the hell out of its TurboGrafx-16 library these days, and I for one couldn't be happier about it. Before the SNES was released, the TG-16 was my 16-bit system of choice, despite the fact that it was re...

Jonathan Holmes

6:46 PM on 03.28.2008

Rondo comes home: Dracula X Rondo of Blood to hit the Japanese Virtual Console

When the Wii's Virtual Console was first announced, the collective "meh" uttered by fans of illegal video game emulation was so massive, it could be heard around the world. Pirates had been playing NES, SNES, Turbo-...

Jonathan Holmes

1:30 PM on 03.28.2008

Boner alert! Hudson to release a new Alien Crush for WiiWare

I think I need to sit down. You see, I am absolutely obsessed with the pinball “Crush” games on the TurboGrafx-16. In fact, I play them each and every night before I go to bed. They are kind ...

Chad Concelmo

8:24 AM on 02.11.2008

This week's VC releases: Harvest Moon, Lords of Thunder

Nintendo continues its streak of delivering the "one less than we've come to expected" two Virtual Console titles this week. But with goodies like these, I'm finding it hard to be mad at them. Natsume's Harvest Moo...

Nick Chester