TurboGrafx-16 Mini release date May 22 North America none for Europe Konami price gouging

Originally set for March 19, TurboGrafx-16 Mini got delayed indefinitely in North America by Konami following the onset of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Now, there is finally a new release date for North America: May 22, just a few days from now. That means its fat lineup of 57 English and Japanese titles can be yours very soon. The console still does not have a release date in Europe, but decision-makers are “keeping a close eye on the situation.”

TurboGrafx-16 Mini will retail for $99.99, which is already pricey for a mini console. And bizarrely, it does not come with an AC adapter, but you can buy a bundle that includes a Hori AC adapter for $119.98. But the spending doesn’t stop there! You can also buy a Turbo Tap to enable 5-player multiplayer for another $29.99, because it would just be stupid if such functionality had been built into the base console to begin with. Oh, and additional controllers cost $24.99 a pop.

For as awesome a machine as TurboGrafx-16 Mini is, this is blatant price gouging in an era where everyone is penny-pinching. Nobody was ever expecting this console to sell as well as the SNES Classic, but if Konami (and Hori) isn’t careful, it could end up even alienating the small niche audience that’s been interested since day one.

I know that I’ll be waiting for a sale for sure. What about you?


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!


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