The TurboGrafx-16, higher identified outdoors of the U.S. because the PC Engine, was an underappreciated gem of a fourth-generation console. NEC Dwelling Electronics and Hudson Delicate mixed an 8-bit CPU with two 16-bit GPUs to create among the best-looking video games of the time. Not like rival firms, the PC Engine’s producers had two concepts on methods to make their console transportable, one in all which by no means left Japan.
In 1991, NEC and Hudson Delicate launched the PC Engine LT for Japan solely. Not like its predecessor, the PC Engine GT (TurboExpress within the U.S.), the LT wasn’t a handheld however a transportable console. What is the distinction? The PC Engine LT got here with its personal folding display screen and required an exterior energy supply. This may sound like a downgrade, however given the GT’s abysmal battery life, this reliance was extra like an improve.
Whereas the PC Engine LT’s single controller was constructed into the console, not like the PC Engine GT, it was suitable with all regular PC Engine add-ons and their video games. This design gave gamers a bigger library than PC Engine GT house owners, which is saying one thing since PC Engines had been already house to implausible video games, a lot of which had been near-flawless ports of arcade titles. By all accounts, the PC Engine ought to have flourished outdoors of Japan; at the least then Western audiences may have obtained a PC Engine LT.