The TurboGrafx-16 was release in 1989 about 6 months before the Sega Genesis and was a good upgrade to the aging Nintendo. They marketed it as a 16-Bit system but only the graphics chip was 16-Bit, the CPU was an 8-Bit chip so that was misleading. Unfortunately it couldn’t hold it’s own to against real 16-Bit system but blew away the current 8-Bit systems, especially in the sound department.
The NEC TurboGrafx-16 was also the first system to release a CD-ROM drive. The add-on was pretty ugly but NEC did release a TurboGrafx-16 and CD-ROM combination named the TurboDuo and it was a slick looking system.
What this system did best was the shooters. It had some of the absolute best. It also had a good amount of action and adventure games but had some of the absolute worst sports games out there except for Davis Cup Tennis.
Overall I really like this system. It had great games, smart looking hardware (TurboDuo) and a really fun RPG named Cosmic Fantasy 2. This is a must have for you collection.