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My PC-Engine collection
Among all the console systems i own, the NEC system is certainly my preferred one!
The 80 NEC games i own are listed here, with a picture of the pack for those i've a scan of.
I'd like to add more detailled pages about the system, as well as screenshots from the games, i hope i'll do so in a near future...
Approximetly at the time when Atari presented the Lynx portable game system, NEC introduced the portable version of their popular (in Japan at least!) PC-Engine console.
Named the "PC-Engine GT" (As "Game and Tv" but renamed "Turbo Express" for the US market); the device was blessed with the huge game library available for the PC-Engine system; and was extremely well designed.
As it's name suggests, a TV Tuner extension was available in Japan to transform the little PC-Engine GT into a portable television.
The built-in package includes the classic NEC controls (Select, Start, directionnal round paddle, and 2 action buttons) with the luxury of 2 autofire setting buttons, one for each action button, and an wonderful little backlit color screen. That screen was the best screen ever seen on a color portable console until the GameBoy Advance LT came out!
Unlike other 8 bits system, which used huge brick-like cartridges; the NEC console used a very compact, credit-card sized cartridge format ; the Hu-Cards.
Originally developped by Hudson as the Bee-Cards, this card format was also used by the Atari Portofolio for it's extension cards.
These very small were perfectly suitable for the nomad use of the PC-Engine LT
AERO BLASTER (CD cover scan available)
AFTER BURNER II
ATOMIC ROBO KID
BOMBER MAN 94
CYBER COMBAT POLICE
ETERNAL CITY (Card cover scan available)
F1 TRIPLE BATTLE
FINAL LAP TWIN
HONEY IN THE SKY
LEGEND OF HERO TONMA
NEUTOPIA I (Japanese)
NEUTOPIA II (Japanese)
New ADVENTURE ISLAND
P47 freedom fighters
PARASOL STARS (Card cover scan available)
PC KID 2
PC KID 3
SON SON II
STRANGE STRANGE ZONE
STREET FIGHTER IIš
SUPER LONG NOSE GOBLIN
TERRA CRESTA II
|CD-Rom, Super CD-ROM2, ArcadeCard
As a highly innovative game system, the PC-Engine was the first console to offer CD-Rom support!
The original (and tiny) PC-Engine console could be connected to an "interface unit" allowing connecting the the dedicated CD-Rom player. The system i own (pictured above) is a PC-Engine DUO-R; it's a later version, gathering everything in one smart system. It has thus both a CD-player and a card slot for classic cartridge games.
It's fun to know that the PC-Engine CD-Roms are actually audio CDs! Put one in a HiFi CD player and, after a japanese warning on track one (the beginning says "Kore wa, H-E sisutemu-no CD-romu disuku desu" meaning "This a HE-System CD-Rom Disk", easy, huh?); you'll hear "kompyuta no data" (computer data) just like in the good old audio-tape recorded programs!
ART OF FIGHTING
DOWN LOAD 2
FINAL ZONE II
GATE OF THUNDER Collector edition
WINDS OF THUNDER / LORDS OF THUNDER (CD cover scan available)
MYSTIC FORMULA Very short review (and cover scans) available
NEXER (CD cover scan available)
R-TYPE Complete CD
SIDE ARMS SPECIAL
SPRIGGAN (CD cover scan available)
SPRIGGAN MARK II
STAR PARODIA (CD cover scan available)
Wonderboy III: MONSTER LAIR
YS Book I&II (english)
YS III (english)