The Turbo Grafx-16 Entertainment SuperSystem (to give it its full title!), also known as the PC Engine in Japan and France, was designed to compete with the NES at the time, but it failed to break into the North American market and sold poorly, which means that many of its games are rare and profitable!
Top selling Turbo Grafx-16 games that sold on ebay this month:
- Soldier Blade (boxed) £541
- Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire CD-ROM (Japan) £463
- Disney’s Darkwing Duck (boxed) £320
- Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu (boxed) £299
- Super Star Soldier (boxed) £235
- Ninja Spirit (factory sealed) £235
- Castlevania: Rondo of Blood CD-ROM £222
- Dead Moon (boxed) £177
- Super System Card v3.0 £193
- Dungeon Explorer 2 CD-ROM £163
Soldier Blade is a scrolling shooter developed by Hudson Soft in 1992. The fourth in the Soldier series and the last one to appear on the Turbo Grafx-16. If you have this in your collection, it could be quite profitable!
Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire is another shoot ’em up – one of the most technically impressive titles for the system and one of the rarest, making it quite profitable. Developed by CAProduction and published by Hudson Soft in 1995 it uses the Arcade CD-ROM add-on, it was converted to PlayStation Portable as part of the Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Collection compilation in 2008.
Disney’s Darkwing Duck is a sideways scrolling platformer based on the animated series of the same name. The player must battle enemies (usually by jumping on their heads!) and collect all the jigsaw pieces to unlock the boss stage on each level. Developed by Interactive Designs and Radiance Software and published by Turbo Technologies Inc. in 1992.
Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu is an action-platformer based on the well-known martial arts stunt master. Developed by Now Productions and published by Hudson Soft, it was first released for Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990, and appeared on the Turbo Grafx-16 in 1991.
Super Star Soldier is another scrolling shooter and the sequel to Star Soldier, it’s the second in the Star Soldier series. Developed by Kaneko and published by Hudson Soft in Japan in 1990 and in 1991 in North America. Konami published it for the Wii’s Virtual Console in North America in 2006.
Ninja Spirit is an action-platformer based on the 1988 arcade game by Irem, set in an alternative feudal Japan.
Castlevania Dracula X Rondo of Blood is an action-platformer that uses the PC Engine’s Super CD-ROM and published by Konami in 1993.
Dead Moon is a sideways scrolling shooter developed by T.S.S. and published by Natsume in 1991. The player flies a space ship and must stop an alien infestation on the moon.
Super System Card this allowed Turbo Grafx-16 owners with a CD-ROM to play the Super CD-ROM discs.
Dungeon Explorer 2 is an action RPG released in 1993 for the Turbo Grafix-16 CD system, a sequel to the original 1989 release by Hudson Soft.
Many of these titles were also released on the Wii’s Virtual Console and a few can be found on the PlayStation Network, so go grab yourself a slice of retro-gaming history, you won’t be disappointed! For some of the best TG-16 games, rather than just the most profitable, see our previous article.