4 Fantastic Turbografx 16 Games That Are Still Worth Playing Today

Dave LeClair 04-02-2014

When you think of classic consoles, the NES NES Games That Retailers Chronically Overcharge For Recently, I wrote an article about NES games that sell for insane prices. Games like Stadium Events can easily sell for thousands of dollars. That's all well and good, but there are some classic NES... Read More , Genesis The Most Rare & Valuable Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Games [MUO Gaming] I've come to realize that I tend to write about Nintendo too much. While I absolutely love all of the old-school Mario, Zelda, Metroid and other classic games available from Nintendo, we must remember, "Genesis... Read More , and SNES How To Modify Your SNES To Play Japanese Super Famicom Games We are going to show you how to play imported Japanese games on your US NTSC Super Nintendo. The process is far easier than you might think. Read More are probably the first three that you think of, but there’s another device that had some fantastic games. That other console, NEC’s Turbografx 16 actually had some games that not enough gamers enjoyed. It’s too bad really, because there are games on the console that span a range of genres, from platformers 4 Lesser-Known NES Platformers You Should Go Back And Play When people think of games that involve navigating through a level by jumping and exploring on the NES, a few games likely come to mind. With the incredible popularity of the genre at the time,... Read More to shooters. No matter what you like to play, the system has games for you.


Blazing Lazers

Back in the late eighties and early nineties, top-down space shooters 10 Awesome PC Shooters You Can Get for Under $10 Don't want to pay $60 for the latest blockbuster shooter game? Here are ten awesome PC classic shooters you can get for under $10 each. Read More were all the rage. Sure, plenty of these games existed early in the life of video games, but with the introduction of 16 bit consoles, the genre was able to really find its footing. On Turbografx 16, Blazing Lasers is one of the games that truly defined the console, both from a graphical and gameplay standpoint.

In spite of its age, Blazing Lazers is still fun to play today. The challenge of making your way through the action-packed levels is still there, and the art style actually holds up quite well. It’s vibrant, colorful, and just a fantastic game that any fan of the genre should play. Original copies sell for a little over $20 on eBay, and it’s also on Nintendo’s Virtual Console for $6.

Devil’s Crush

I actually mentioned this game in an article about the best pinball games 4 of the Best Pinball Video Games of All Time Today, we are going have a look at the very best virtual pinball experiences you can get your hands on. It's funny how it has actually come full circle, with pinball machines leading to the... Read More , and not only does it receive that distinction, but it’s also just a fantastic Turbografx 16 game overall. It takes a basic premise, which is pinball, and expands it into something so much greater. It does things that can’t be done on a real pinball machine, which is always cool. A true pinball sim is fun, but using the fact that it’s a video game to do some interesting things makes it even better.

Everything from the core gameplay to the visuals of this game are fantastic. Because it’s such a simple premise, it holds up very well even all these years later. Just like you can go back to a really old physical pinball machine, you can do the same with Devil’s Crush. Like many Turbografx 16 games, this one is on Virtual Console for $6, and copies on eBay usually go for $30.

Bonk Series

Bonk is one of the main franchises on Turbografx 16. It’s a lot like Mario and Sonic are to Nintendo and Sega respectively. Like those games, it’s a platform game, but it features its own twists and innovations. Namely, the way in which you use Bonk’s giant caveman head to attack and jump. It’s a cool twist to the typical platforming genre, and it’s just a lot of fun.


Platformers are completely timeless. Bonk’s Adventure, and the rest of the games in the series, are all about the mechanics, so the fact that it looks a little dated does not hurt the enjoyment you can have with it. Couple that with the tweaks that it brings to the genre, and this series is certainly one that everyone should check out, especially if you are a fan of the genre. On Nintendo’s Virtual Console, you can snag this for $6, and the actual game sells for about $20.


This is an awesome side-scrolling beat ’em up that features some pretty over-the-top violence. Sadly, the Turbografx 16 version is toned down a bit from the arcade and Japanese release, but it’s still a ton of fun. The game sees the player attempting to rescue his girlfriend while smashing through various enemies that get in the way.

This is one of those games that was not overly popular when it came out, which is a shame, because it’s so good. The art style is beautiful, the game has silky-smooth mechanics, and it’s much more violent than most other games at the time, so it makes for a cool trip down memory lane to see what kinds of things people found shocking in the earlier days of gaming. Copies can be had from Nintendo’s Virtual Console for $6, and originals can be found on eBay for about $30.


The Turbografx 16 is a system that’s literally filled with hidden gems because, quite frankly, no one really bought the system when it released. As such, most of the great games that were released never actually got the respect and praise they deserved. With many of the games available through Nintendo’s Virtual Console for cheap, there’s plenty of fun to be had!


What Turbografx 16 games do you enjoy playing still? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

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  1. Jeremy O'Neal
    March 22, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Exile is my favorite game on the system. There was even a flawed sequel that is widely regarded as the hardest game ever released, Exile 2 - Wicked Phenomenon.

  2. Arya Bagherpour
    February 23, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Military Madness is a great turn based strategy game, worth playing at least once.

  3. Matthew H
    February 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Woah. This is the first time I've heard of the Turbografx. Mind == blown.

  4. Jenn
    February 6, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I still have my TG16, I could never get enough Dungeon Explorer, but I loved the Bonk games too, what a great system it was!

  5. Ismael R
    February 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I'm just glad you mentioned Bonk. I didn't play many other games on it, but Bonk's Adventure and Revenge were two of my favorite games at the time.

  6. Tim D
    February 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Y's I & II
    The rpg that will live forever