After more than twenty years of pining, I finally broke down and bought a PC-Engine! I’ve lusted after this beautiful little console since the eighties, but I’ve never had a good reason to buy one. In particular, I especially love the aesthetic of the original Japanese PCE and the tiny ‘hu cards’, so I decided to commit to just getting Japanese games and avoiding all the CD-ROM and USA/TurboGrafx games. Look how tiny it is! I’m excited!
This is actually my first 8-bit console!! I’ve never personally owned one! The closest I came was my sister owning a NES, which stayed in her bedroom, but I got to play. I also had quality time with Master System, but that’s about it! (I have a rich history of 8-bit computer ownership too, but that’s something else…) I actually paid a bit extra to get this with an RGB Scart output mod, rather than the regular RF output, and it looks great on my TV.
So far the only game I have is Dragon Spirit, a delightful shmup featuring cute dragons and heavy anime trappings on the box art. I generally prefer shmups to get away from spaceships and ‘vector/retro’ styling, so this is right up my street. It’s tough though! I’ve ordered a few more PC Engine games, which should arrive in the coming weeks. :3
Of course, now I want to fly to Japan, trawl through Super Potato and buy a bunch of 100 yen hucards that I can’t identify. Anyone want to send me any? XD