Polymega announces five pack-in games for Turbografx-16 module
In words I never thought I’d be writing in the year 2019, the battle to get Turbografx-16 games into the hands of players is heating up even more. Today, Playmaji Inc.—the company behind the upcoming modular retro console the Polymega—announced that its Turbografx-16 module would be coming with five officially-licensed pack-in games.
One of the main concepts behind the Polymega is that modules can be added to the base portion of the system that are dedicated to specific retro consoles. So, for example, the EM04 “Turbo” Element Module Set will allow for the playing of Turbografx-16 and PC-Engine games, along with support for those systems’ original controllers.
With this announcement, those purchasing the EM04 will receive installed copies of the following five games:
- Double Dungeons (North American + Japanese version)
- Dragon Egg (Japanese version)
- Moto Roader (North American + Japanese version)
- Moto Roader II (Japanese version)
- Shockman (North American + Japanese version)
“We’re huge fans of the TurboGrafx-16/PCE,” said Playmaji Inc. co-founder and CEO Bryan Bernal as part of the announcement. “It’s exciting to share with players a great new way to explore this wonderfully underrated system through five great classic digital pack-in games as part of our partnership with Japan-based extreme Co.,LTD and the Masaya Games brand.”
It’s hard not to see this announcement as a bit of a shot across the bow of the Turbografx-16 Mini, but it’s also hard to be upset if that’s indeed the case—because, really, the more we get of that shamefully under-appreciated system, the better.
The Polymega is expected to ship in Q4 2019, with its various configurations starting at $299.99. Add-on modules, including the EGM04, will cost an additional $59.99 each.
Mollie got her start in games media via the crazy world of gaming fanzines, and now works at EGM with the goal of covering all of the weird Japanese and niche releases that nobody else on staff cares about. She’s active in the gaming community on a personal level, and an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming, consumer rights, and good UI. Check her out on Twitter and Mastodon.