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  • Neutopia II (TurboGrafx-16)

    Neutopia II, TurboGrafx 16.


    Neutopia II is an action/adventure/RPG released by Hudson Soft for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1992. The Neutopia series is very much like the original Legend of Zelda, so much so that it could be called derivative. While Neutopia II improves in many ways over Zelda and the first Neutopia (better graphics for instance), the gameplay and story are not quite as polished. However, if you like Zelda-like games then you will probably like both of the Neutopia games. Neutopia II teased a third entry in the series at the end but a Neutopia III was never developed.

    The original releases of both Neutopia and Neutopia II were only for the TurboGrafx-16. However, both games were released on Nintendo’s Virtual Console for the Wii in 2007 and the PlayStation Network in 2011.

    Above is the box/case art for Neutopia II.

  • Deep Blue (TurboGrafx-16)

    Deep Blue, TurboGrafx 16.


    Deep Blue is another shooter released exclusively on the TurboGrafx-16. It was released by Pack-In-Video/NEC in 1990 (1989 in Japan). This style of game was even more popular in Japan than North America so it isn’t surprising to see a bunch of them on the TG-16. Uniquely, Deep Blue has a nautical theme in which the player controls an Angel Fish.

    Given the rarity of the system and the relative obscurity of the game it won’t come cheap (though worst case you shouldn’t have to pay more than what it cost new) but for shooter fans it is another decent title to have. Again, I am not aware of any ports or re-releases so a TurboGrafx-16 or emulator is the only way to play it.

  • Sinistron (TurboGrafx-16)

    Box art for “Sinistron,” a side-scrolling spaceship shoot ‘em up for the TurboGrafx-16 system released by IGS / NEC in 1991.


    Sinistron was released by IGS for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1991. In Japan where the TurboGrafx-16 (or PC Engine as it was called there) was much more popular, it was titled Violent Soldier. The TurboGrafx-16 was only a modest success in the U.S. It was released around the same time as the Genesis and was hugely popular in Japan but that success never really translated to North America. Part of the problem (as it always is) was a lack of recognizable games. Even though Sinistron was an excellent shooter, few in the U.S. have probably heard of it.

    Sinistron has some similarities with R-Type in terms of look and gameplay. The unique catch with this game is that your ship has indestructible “jaws” on the front. Depending on the upgrade you have, these jaws can be open wider giving you a wider field of fire but making your ship more vulnerable, or can be closed more which reduces your field of fire but offers more protection.

    The TurboGrafx-16 not being very popular relative to other systems and Sinistron not being a very recognizable game makes for a game that is somewhat rare. Rare enough to demand pretty high prices on eBay anyway. However, it is an excellent shooter and if you can get your hands on it for a decent price then by all means do so. I am not aware of any ports or remakes so other than emulation the TurboGrafx-16 is your only option for this game.