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NEC Turbo Grafx 16 (HES-TGX-01)

In 1989 United States videogame customers were treated to the Turbo Grafx 16, the English version of the Japanese PC Engine. It sold for $189.99 and came with one standard controller, a RF switch, an AC adapter, and the Keith Courage in Alpha Zones Hu-card. Later on, the Turbo Booster adapter was released to allow users the benefit of RCA sound and picture. The system only had one controller port so only one person could play at a time, unless you have the Turbo Tap - a connector that let up to five people play. The Turbo Grafx 16 uses NEC's brand of games: Hu-cards. They are about the size of a credit card. Like the PC Engine, the Turbo Grafx 16 contained dual 8 bit processors. The color palette held 512 colors with up to 482 displayed at once (background and sprites) with a maximum of 16 sprites per screen.

 

Turbo Grafx 16 shown with Turbo Booster
Turbo Grafx 16 Shown with Dust Cover

Front of Turbo Grafx 16:

1. On/Off Switch
2. Hue Card Slot
3. Controller Port

Back left of system (the corner where the expansion meets the main unit)

1. Power Output (10.5 volts, 730mA)
2. RF Output
3. Channel 3/4 Switch
The expansion bay of the Turbo Grafx 16 (on the very back)
The back cover for the Turbo Grafx 16.
The back cover for the Turbo Grafx 16.
Turbografx Turbo Booster. Allowed use of AV cables instead of RF switch. HES-TGP-01

Back of the Turbo Booster:

1. AV Output
2. Power Output 10.5V (please note that when the Turbo Booster is being used, there will be no power cord attached to the main unit. All power will be routed through the booster.)

Showing the inside of the Turbo Booster: the female connector to the expansion bay.
Sample tip of the Turbo Grafx 16 controllers
Standard controller that was packaged with the system.
Optional Joystick. HES-STK-01
Turbo Tap. Since only one controller port was offered on the system, this was a must for 2+ players. HES-TAP-01
Hu Card: the name of the game software for the Turbo Grafx.
*SAMPLE* RF switch was a standard one
Turbo Grafx 16 power adapter

HES-ACA-01

Input: 120V AC 60HZ 15W
Output: 10.5V DC 730mA

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