congrats on the site and turbo duo dillemas!
Wow, your site is almost definitely the greatest resource for TG-16/PCE info on the net! The only regret of getting into Turbografx 16 collecting is that I'm 15 so I'm always broke, and I live in rural Alabama and its impossible to find games (you know how inflated prices are on ebay). I only have 5 games and a regular TG16 Base, after my father recommended the system to me. I'm planning on buying a Turbo Duo, so I can play Super CD games and save my place in Neutopia. I do need some help though, which version of the Duo should I get? I wanted the Jap version so I could play import games (although saving Neutopia is kinda gone with that though :-)) and I was wondering if I should get the Duo, Duo-R, Duo-RX? I know that each later release costs a little bit more, but if I'm gonna shell out that much money in the first place I wanted the best available version.
Anyways, I want to congratulate you on the great site! I couldn't have asked for anything better. Thank you so much for the best TG16 site on the net!
Here at turbografx.net, we try to keep level heads. However, when you truly are the best resource for TurboGrafx gaming on the net, it's difficult to be modest. Anyway, it's great to see gamers from a later generation recognizing NEC's console for the quality system that it is. Sometimes I think we get caught up in all the hype and flashy graphics of newer platforms, only to forget our roots.
As for Duo systems, I would say that question you need to ask yourself is how important is it to play import HuCards and Arcade Card games? The systems themselves are virtually identical. The Duo-R is the same as the Duo minus the headphone jack and lid lock. As for the Duo-RX, it was basically a Duo-R with a six button controller. PC Engine HuCards can be found on eBay for a reasonable price, so this does make one of the Japanese editions attractive. However, even if you buy an American Duo, you can still play Japanese CDs and Super CDs.
Whichever way you decide to go, keep up the good fight for 16-bit gaming. Our system just doesn't get the respect it deserves!
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