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  • Exile (TurboGrafx-CD)

    Working Designs


    Exile was released by for both the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-CD in 1992. It was a remake of a game originally released in Japan in 1988 for various computers mostly unknown to those of us in North America, including the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, MSX2 and the X1 turbo. The game is an action RPG and features both a top down perspective like the original Zelda and other similar games, as well as a side-scrolling action perspective depending on what you are doing.

    While the the Genesis and TurboGrafx-CD versions are very close, the TurboGrafx version has a slight edge in some areas. Because it is CD based, there are more cinematics and better music (though this might be a matter of personal preference to some degree). The graphics are very close but the TurboGrafx-CD version has slightly more colors. The translation also seems to be a little better and the story more coherent on the TurboGrafx version. However, these are all mostly minor differences. One interesting difference is the fact that the Genesis localization (done by Renovation) censored certain aspects of the game (e.g. naked girls in one scene) while the TurboGrafx-CD localization (done by Working Designs) did not.

    Overall this is a very good game even if it is not as well known as some others. While I wouldn’t say it is as good as Ys I and II, it’s still quite good and fans of those games will likely enjoy this one. I am not aware of any remakes or re-releases so you will have to resort to emulation or track down and original Genesis or TurboGrafx-CD versions if you want to play.

    Exile was followed up by Exile: Wicked Phenomenon the following year for the Turbo Duo or TurboGrafx-CD with the Super System Card.

  • Ninja Spirit (TurboGrafx-16)

    ‘Ninja Spirit’

    [TG16] [USA] [MAGAZINE, MULTI-PAGE] [1990]

    • GamePro, December 1990 (#17)

      • Scanned by E-Day, via RetroMags


    Ninja Spirit is a platform arcade game published by Irem in 1988. It was ported to a number of platforms but the most popular version and best port was probably the TurboGrafx-16 version. The game consists of seven stages with a boss at the end of each stage. As the ninja, you are seeking revenge for your father’s murder. The ninja always has his Katana but other weapons and power-ups are available throughout the game.

    As far as platform games go you won’t find one much better than this, especially on the TurboGrafx-16. There were a lot of Ninja games in the late 1980s and early 1990s and this was possibly the best. EGM gave it a perfect 10 and a Game of the Year award and every review you’ll find is very positive. If you own a TurboGrafx-16 then this is a must have game. Some of the other versions were very good, including the Commodore 64 version, but none matched the near perfect arcade translation of the TurboGrafx-16 version.

    This isn’t a game that is hard to find for the TG16 but there are other options as well. Ninja Spirit became available on the Wii’s Virtual Console in 2007 and again in 2013 and is still available for the Wii-U.


  • Soldier Blade (TurboGrafx-16)

    Soldier Blade (TurboGrafx-16)


    Soldier Blade is a vertically scrolling shooter released by Hudson Soft for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1992. It is the fourth game in the Star Soldier series. The game has a pretty standard defeat the aliens story line but in a shooter like this, how much does the story really matter?

    Game play is similar to other games in the series and other Hudson Soft shooters like Blazing Lazers. The weapon system is fairly unique but otherwise this is a pretty standard shooter. But why mess with a good thing? In general, it is very well done and you could certainly do worse when picking out a shooter. Game play may not vary greatly from other similar games but the specifics are different enough to make it worthwhile if you are a fan of the genre. The TurboGrafx-16 had lots of good shooters, particularly when you add in Japanese only releases. I don’t know that this one particularly stands out but it is solid and fun to play.

    If you don’t have a TurboGrafx-16, this game is also available on the Wii’s Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console and the PlayStation Network. Check it out if you like shooters. The original isn’t terribly hard to find and you also have the various digital download options (or there is always emulation).