Konami launched its TurboGrafx-16 Mini in North America on the 22nd of May. The Konami’s console release was initially scheduled on the 19th of March for $99.99 on Amazon. Konami delayed the console for a few weeks before its official release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new release date for the console in Europe is uncertain.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini already launched in Japan under a different name and design, the PC Engine Mini. The console features more than 50 built-in titles from the 16-bit era of gaming, such as Bomberman ‘93 and Ys I & II. Like other miniature consoles, the TurboGrafx-16 Mini includes one wired controller.
Although the console is not exactly “mini” compared to the size of competitors like the NES Classic, the console “doubles as a history lesson,” allowing owners to revisit classics in an accessible format. The coronavirus continues to affect the gaming industry. Virtual events is the order of the day as most gaming conventions cannot hold. Video games has also witnessed delays.Those games include the Nintendo Switch port of Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds and Sony’s highly anticipated first-party exclusive The Last of Us Part II. The games received a new release date in late April after an indefinite delay earlier that month.
Though consoles remain mostly unaffected, buying a Nintendo Switch during the pandemic has shown to be quite challenging. Both Microsoft and Sony are still planning to launch their next-gen consoles. This include the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, during the 2020 holiday season