The date is 1989...August to be specific. The weekly trip to the newstand typically entailed picking up the latest issues of X-Men and Spiderman. However, this week was different. There was something that caught my eye.
Having been a fan of both console and computer games at the time, I had occasionally picked up an issue of Video Games & Computer Entertainment. This month's issue just happened to feature an article on the two new recently released 16-bit consoles. In fact, it was pitting the TurboGrafx against Sega's Genesis in a no-holds barred comparison for the title of the king of next generation systems. This issue ran down each of the launch titles for both systems. Sure, Sega had some well-known arcade games, but the TurboGrafx really set itself apart in my mind. The games truly seemed to have a unique flavor unknown to other American consoles at the time.
With such innovative launch titles as Legendary Axe, Alien Crush, and the soon to be world famous Keith Courage in Alpha Zones, how could the TurboGrafx not be an overnight success? From that point in time, my mind was made up. There could only be one possible way to go...the NEC way!
Little did I know at the time, that NEC would later be recognized for making one of the biggest marketing failures of our day. Although the initial titles were unique and entertaining, it would soon become obvious that third party support was nowhere to be found. As a result, our beloved console would face an untimely death well before its time.
Years later, with the advent of the internet, it would only be logical that the system's cult following continue to show its support by offering up fan created web sites. Unfortunately, the coverage on the American side has been sparse at best. It was with that issue in mind that turbografx.net was created. It is our hope that the legend of this much maligned console will continue to live on in the hearts of its fans and be brought to light for a whole new generation of fans.