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I got my TurboGrafx back in High School.  Probably '91, but I don't remember exactly.  I had been looking in gaming mags and watching the battle between the Turbo and the Genesis (SNES wasn't out yet).  I finally convinced my parents to get me a TurboGrafx, but didn't know it right away.  My dad and step-mom told my mom that they were getting me one for Christmas, and my mom told me so I could pick out a game I wanted (because she had no idea about games.)  I picked Legendary Axe.  The system came with a mail in offer for a free game that required filling out a card and sending in the UPC and proof of purchase from the box (so my box has some holes in it where I cut them out).  The free game I got was Blazing Lazers.  They also got me the TurboTap and an extra TurboPad.

 

I don't remember the order in which the rest of the collection was acquired or years...  I know that World Class Baseball, Psychosis, and Military Madness were all bought when the local Hastings store was selling their rental games.  TV Sports Football and the controller extension cable (an actual TG extension cable) were bought from Turbo Zone Direct vial mail order.  But the others, I'm not sure... some Ebay, but don't remember which ones exactly.  But the last game I got for it was Ninja Spirit and that was about five years ago.  Most of the stuff was bought before prices skyrocketed.  Hard to justify or afford games these days.  lol

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Great collection! Blazing Lasers is one of my favorite games of all time. Galaga '90, R-TYPE, Military Madness, Devil's Crush, Raiden, Legendary Axe, Ninja Spirit, each one of those games is reason enough alone to buy a TurboGrafx-16. Great to have another Turbo gamer here in the forums! 🙌

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Now that's cool!  That TurboStick is a sexy piece of gaming hardware.  Hell, the entire TG-16 hardware line is probably one of the sexiest looking systems when compared to the other 16-bit consoles at that time.  Super and Genesis looked cool but TG-16 had the more necktie look to me.  Super cool.  I'm still searching for a system.  I miss it.

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21 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Now that's cool!  That TurboStick is a sexy piece of gaming hardware.

Absolutely! I remember seeing those stacked up at Toys R Us when the TurboGrafx-16 was brand new. I thought it was the coolest looking arcade stick at the time. I've always wanted one for the TurboDuo. I may modify one or just use an adapter.

23 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Hell, the entire TG-16 hardware line is probably one of the sexiest looking systems when compared to the other 16-bit consoles at that time.  Super and Genesis looked cool but TG-16 had the more necktie look to me.

Absolutely sexy as hell! The TurboDuo too! TurboDuo had that nice, low-slung look like the Atari 7800 and Neo-Geo. I love it.

23 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Super cool.  I'm still searching for a system.  I miss it.

Good luck! Rooting for you to pick one up soon!

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20 hours ago, RickR said:

I'm new to the TG-16, having just got one a few months ago.  You'll have to let me know which games are worth trying.  I ended up buying an everdrive, because as you mention, the prices can be pretty nuts for games -- IF you can even find them. 

I want to get an Everdrive, but I haven't yet.  I have downloaded a lot and play via emulators, though.  But it's just not the same...  As far as what games worth trying, it's hard to recommend games without knowing what someone is into... There are tons of shooters/shmups on the system, of course.  Blazing Lazers is one of the better known ones, but there's also Raiden, R-Type, AeroBlasters, Air Zonk, Soldier Blade, Darius, Super Star Soldier... the list goes on and on...  I haven't played as many platformers for the system, but Legendary Axe, and the Bonk series are great.  I'd throw in JJ and Jeff for honorable mention just because of how weird it is.  The sports games are all kinda meh from what I've played, but they can be more fun if played with a friend.  Neutopia and Neutopia 2 are great Zelda clone type games... Honestly, my best advice is find somewhere to download the games, and just go through each letter and grab anything that looks like it might be fun.  I did.  😃

 

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21 hours ago, RickR said:

Furthermore, how cool that you kept the original console AND the box, and all the various pieces of your collection.  I have my original boxed Atari 2600 from my youth, but I stupidly threw out all the boxes for the games. 

Yeah...  I don't remember my original reason for keeping it.  But I had it in the top of my closet for years and then put it in a plastic tote where it still resides.  The boxes for the controller and TurboTap have pretty much the same story.  The TurboStick box came much later, though, and was not mine since new like the other items, so that box isn't in as good a shape and I think has some sun fading or something.  The sad thing is the boxes for the games.  I had them stored away in a drawer and didn't take them with me when I moved out of my parent's house.  I think my step-mom threw them out because I said I had gotten everything I wanted and forgot about them.  I didn't have many... but had boxes for Legendary Axe, Blazing Lazers, and TV Sports Football.  Unfortunately, I think my copy of Time Cruise was also in that drawer and got thrown out.  It was a later release and didn't have a jewel case.  It was just the turbochip in a plastic tray inside a box.  And I'm pretty sure that box was in with the other boxes...  

8 hours ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Now that's cool!  That TurboStick is a sexy piece of gaming hardware.  Hell, the entire TG-16 hardware line is probably one of the sexiest looking systems when compared to the other 16-bit consoles at that time.  Super and Genesis looked cool but TG-16 had the more necktie look to me.  Super cool.  I'm still searching for a system.  I miss it.

I've always liked the aesthetic of the system.  But I think it would have been better if they had just kept it the same form factor as the PC Engine...  Just the idea that everything was so small was cool.  And yeah, I like the TurboStick, but you can tell there's a heavy NES Advantage influence.  Which isn't a bad thing, because I love the NES Advantage, too.

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Also in my collection is some old TurboZoneDirect (TZD) mail order stuff.  I scanned in one of the more interesting catalogs and made an Imgur album.  Check out those prices in the Price List (third image from the bottom).  Bonk 3 for $49.99!  Splatterhouse for $29.99!  Dynastic Hero for $49.99!  Cotton for $49.99!  Sigh... anyone have a time machine?

https://imgur.com/gallery/lcBG9IA

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26 minutes ago, Control Issues said:

As far as what games worth trying, it's hard to recommend games without knowing what someone is into... There are tons of shooters/shmups on the system, of course.  Blazing Lazers is one of the better known ones, but there's also Raiden, R-Type, AeroBlasters, Air Zonk, Soldier Blade, Darius, Super Star Soldier... the list goes on and on...

GREAT CHOICES!! I second all of those. Blazing Lazers is truly one of my favorite games of all time. Shmups are one of the Turbo's strongpoints.

 

27 minutes ago, Control Issues said:

Legendary Axe, and the Bonk series are great.  I'd throw in JJ and Jeff for honorable mention just because of how weird it is. 

Yes, yes and yes!

 

28 minutes ago, Control Issues said:

Neutopia and Neutopia 2 are great Zelda clone type games...

Neutopia is a favorite of mine on TurboGrafx-16. Admittedly it's a clone of Legend of Zelda, but a good clone. If you loved Zelda on NES and can set aside the clone stigma, Neutopia is a great game. Very well done imo.

 

11 minutes ago, Control Issues said:

Also in my collection is some old TurboZoneDirect (TZD) mail order stuff.  I scanned in one of the more interesting catalogs and made an Imgur album.  Check out those prices in the Price List (third image from the bottom).  Bonk 3 for $49.99!  Splatterhouse for $29.99!  Dynastic Hero for $49.99!  Cotton for $49.99!  Sigh... anyone have a time machine?

https://imgur.com/gallery/lcBG9IA

THANK YOU for sharing this! I love seeing TZD stuff pop up! I have some catalogs and flyers from them that I've been meaning to scan or do something with but haven't gotten around to. Seeing that brochure brought back a lot of memories of being up late summer nights flipping through there picking out games. I used to order from TZD for like 10 years, between 1994-2004. They were great. I in fact do have a time machine, I think I'll be headed back to pick up a stack of Magical Chase and Air Zonk.

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