Geek Trivia: Which Console Was The First To Offer 16-Bit Games?

Answer: TurboGrafx-16

In October 1987, NEC ushered in a new era of video games with the introduction of the PC-Engine, a small 16-bit console that would soon be renamed TurboGrafx-16. The TurboGrafx-16 was the first console on the market to offer a 16-bit game – the Sega Genesis wouldn’t appear before a whole year, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System for another two years, and the NeoGeo for almost three years.

Although the TurboGrafx-16 was the first console to release the fourth wave of home consoles, its popularity has been limited outside of Japan. A variety of issues, including limited versions of international game titles, an extremely high cost of entry ($ 300 + for the full package, compared to the $ 200 price tag for Sega and Nintendo systems), and the decision particular to limit the system to a single controller interface, all of them conspired to leave the TurboGrafx-16 behind like a revolutionary console but little sold.

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