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The Best TurboGrafx-16 Games

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Popular in Japan, the TurboGrafx-16 Entertainment SuperSystem produced a ton of great games during its run, including fantasy games, casino games, sports games and adventure games, among others. What are the best Turbografx-16 games?

TurboGrafx-16 games were produced by a number of top developers such as Hudson Soft and Namco, and primarily distributed to gamers around the world by NEC. The game console, produced by a collaboration between Hudson Soft and NEC, was sold between 1987 and 1995, moving 10 million units worldwide.

In addition to working with the Hudson Soft HuCard media cards, the TurboGrafx-16, with a special add-on, also worked with CD-ROM media, making it a fierce competitor with the Sega Mega Drive.

Despite the advanced hardware, which set a Guinness World Record for it's small size, the TurboGrafx-16 video game console could not compete with the top names available for the Nintendo Entertainment System and was phased out completely by the mid 1990s.

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    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Scrolling shooter

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii

    Soldier Blade is a scrolling shooter video game released for the TurboGrafx-16 system. It is the fourth game in the Star Soldier series and the last one for TurboGrafx-16. The player pilots the...  more
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    DeveloperBits Studios, Irem

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC

    Ninja Spirit, known in Japan as Saigo no Nindou, is a 1988 platform arcade game developed and published by Irem....  more

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    DeveloperHudson Soft, Compile

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game

    PlatformPlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, TurboGrafx-16, Wii

    Blazing Lazers, known in Japan as Gunhed, is a 1989 sci-fi shoot 'em up video game developed by Hudson Soft and Compile. It was released in Japan on July 7, 1989 for the PC Engine, and it was...  more
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    DeveloperRed Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Wii, Game Boy

    Bonk's Revenge is a 2D platformer set in prehistory, originally for the TurboGrafx 16 console, created in 1991 by the Red Company for Hudson and Turbo Technologies, and licensed by NEC. This is the...  more
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    DeveloperRed Entretainment, Red Entertainment

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Scrolling shooter

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, TurboDuo, Wii

    Air Zonk is a video game, a side-scrolling shooter released for the TurboGrafx 16 console in 1992. It was developed by Red Company and published by Hudson Soft. Air Zonk was an attempt to update the...  more
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    Devil's Crush is a pinball video game developed by NAXAT Soft for the TurboGrafx-16 and released in 1990. The second installment in the Crush Pinball series after Alien Crush, the game has an eerie...  more
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    Cadash

    1989

    DeveloperTaito Corporation

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Sega Mega Drive, Arcade game

    Cadash is a sword and sorcery video game which combines elements of both the role-playing video game genre of games and the platform genre of games. The game was originally an arcade game released by...  more

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    DeveloperRed Entertainment, Atlus

    Genres (Video game)Platform game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii

    Bonk's Adventure is a 2D platform video game developed by Red Company and Atlus that was released in 1989-1990 for the TurboGrafx-16. In Japan it was released as PC Genjin in 1989, a play on the...  more
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    DeveloperVictor Interactive Software

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16

    The Legendary Axe II, originally released in Japan as Ankoku Densetsu, is a horizontal platform video game created in 1990 by Victor Interactive Software. It is the followup to The Legendary Axe....  more
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    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Action game, Adventure

    PlatformPlayStation Portable, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, PlayStation 3

    Neutopia is an overhead action-adventure video game developed by Hudson Soft. It was released by Hudson for the PC Engine in Japan on November 17, 1989. It was then released by NEC for the...  more
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    DeveloperAtlus

    Genres (Video game)Console role-playing game, Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Hack and slash

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable

    Dungeon Explorer is an action role-playing game released for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 in 1989. It centered on the quest of several heroes to find the Ora Stone for the former king of Oddesia. When...  more
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    DeveloperData East

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Arcade game, Wii

    Bloody Wolf, released in Europe as Battle Rangers, is a run and gun arcade game released by Data East in 1988. Two commandos take on an entire army with many weapons, and defeat bosses to advance...  more
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    R-Type

    1987

    DeveloperProduce Co Ltd, Irem

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Scrolling shooter

    PlatformAmiga, PlayStation 2, Game Boy, Mobile phone, TurboGrafx-16

    R-Type is a side scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. The player controls a space fighter named the R-9 to defend humanity against a mysterious powerful alien life-form known...  more
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    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Arcade, Maze, Strategy video game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Nintendo Entertainment System, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ, PC-8801

    Bomberman is an arcade-style maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. The original home computer game Bomber Man was released in 1983 for the MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700 and...  more
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    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Horror, Survival horror, Action game, Adventure, Beat 'em up

    PlatformiPhone, FM Towns Marty, TurboGrafx-16, FM Towns, Personal computer

    Splatterhouse is a 1988 beat 'em up slasher arcade game developed and published by Namco. It is also subsequently the title of the entire series of games released in home console and personal...  more

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    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Puzzle game, Action game, Strategy video game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Wii

    Bomberman '93 is a video game in the Bomberman series. It was released on the PC Engine on December 11, 1992 in Japan, with western TurboGrafx-16 releases following in 1993. The game has been...  more
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    DeveloperKaga Create, Compile

    Genres (Video game)Pinball, Action game, Simulation video game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Wii

    Alien Crush is a pinball video game developed by NAXAT Soft for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16. It was released in 1988. It was later re-released on the Virtual Console and on the PlayStation...  more
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    DeveloperKaneko, Inter State Software, Hudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Shoot 'em up, Action game, Scrolling shooter

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, PlayStation Portable, Wii, PlayStation 3

    Super Star Soldier is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Kaneko and originally published by Hudson Soft in 1990 for the Japanese PC Engine and in 1991 for the North American TurboGrafx-16....  more
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    DeveloperNow Production, Hudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    PlatformWii, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, TurboGrafx-16

    New Adventure Island is a side-scrolling platform game by Hudson Soft originally released for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 in 1992 and later re-released for the Virtual Console service in 2007 and the...  more
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    DeveloperNamco

    Genres (Video game)Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Sega Game Gear, Wii, Arcade game

    Galaga '88 is a 1987 fixed shooter arcade game by Namco. It is the third sequel for Galaxian. It features significantly improved graphics over the previous games in the series, including detailed...  more
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    DeveloperNow Production, Hudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Nintendo Entertainment System

    Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu is an action platform video game developed by Now Production and published by Hudson Soft. It was first released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990 and for the...  more
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    DeveloperSega

    Genres (Video game)Action-adventure game, Platform game

    PlatformWii, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Game Gear, Master System

    Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap is a platforming and action-adventure video game developed by Westone. It was published by Sega and released for the Sega Master System in 1989 and for the Game Gear...  more
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    DeveloperRed Entertainment, AI Co., Ltd.

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16, Wii, TurboGrafx-CD

    Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure is an action video game developed by Red Company and published for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1993, in the Bonk video game series. It was ported to the TurboDuo by Hudson Soft...  more
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    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Genres (Video game)Platform game, Action game, Adventure

    PlatformTurboGrafx-16

    Keith Courage in Alpha Zones is a 1989 science fantasy action platform video game by Hudson Soft that was released for the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16. It was the initial pack-in game in North America...  more
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    Final Lap Twin is a hybrid racing/role-playing game released for the PC Engine in 1989 and the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990, as a spin-off to the 1987 arcade game Final Lap. The protagonist is on a quest to...  more