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TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games
TurboExpress handheld, TV tuner, games

The TurboExpress or (PC Engine GT in Japan) was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249.99 (the price was briefly raised to $299.99, soon dropped back to $249.99, and by 1992 it was $199.99). Image File history File links TurboExpress handheld gaming system, TurboVision TV tuner, and HuCard games. ... Image File history File links TurboExpress handheld gaming system, TurboVision TV tuner, and HuCard games. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx-16 was a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... This article is about the year. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


It was the most advanced handheld of its time and could play all the TurboGrafx-16's games (which were on a small, credit-card sized media called HuCards). It had a 66 mm (2.6 in.) screen, the same as the original Game Boy, and could display 64 sprites at once, 16 per scanline, in 482 colors from a palette of 512. It had 64 kilobytes of RAM. The Turbo ran its two 6820 CPUs at 3.58 MHz in parallel, for a total of 7.16 MHz. For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... A HuCard is the title given to PC Engine and TurboGrafx software cards. ... MM or Mm or mm can stand for: A millimetre (mm) or megametre (Mm) Initials of Marilyn Monroe Macromedia Morning Musume Roman numeral for 2,000 and the year 2000 Myanmar Master of Management Maelzels metronome: precedes a beats-per-minute tempo measurement Maximum Medicine Moderna Misstag, Swedish Quake_2... The original Game Boys design set the standard for handheld gaming consoles. ... In computer graphics, a sprite is a two-dimensional image or animation that is integrated into a larger scene. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Intel 80486DX2 microprocessor in a ceramic PGA package A central processing unit (CPU), or sometimes simply processor, is the component in a digital computer that interprets instructions and processes data contained in software. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ...



The optional TurboVision TV tuner included RCA audio/video input, allowing you to use TurboExpress as a video monitor. The TurboLink allowed two-player play. Falcon, a flight simulator, included a "head-to-head" dogfight mode that could only be accessed via TurboLink. However, very few TG-16 games offered co-op play modes especially designed with the TurboExpress in mind.

Major Handheld game consoles
Early units
see Microvision and Handheld electronic games
Nintendo handhelds
Game & Watch | Game Boy line | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance | Nintendo DS |
Bandai handhelds
WonderSwan | WonderSwan Color | Swan Crystal
SNK handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket | Neo-Geo Pocket Color
Sega handhelds
Game Gear | Nomad | Mega Jet
Sony handhelds
PocketStation | PlayStation Portable
Other handhelds
Atari Lynx | Game.com | Gizmondo | GP32 | GP2X | N-Gage | TurboExpress
Comparison

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Hardware problems

While the system was technologically superior to the other handhelds of its era, it still had its problems. Due to a problem with cheap capicitors, sound failure was a frequent problem with the TurboExpress (NOTE: Actually, this is a problem that developed years later when the capacitors "dried out"). Another issue was burned out pixels; due to the quality of LCD technology at the time, the rate of pixel failure was very high. Brand-new TurboExpress systems often had several bad pixels. (Again, this problem may have become more pronounced many years after-the-fact: the timeline of these "problems" needs to be verified. Furthermore, to put this into conext, it should be noted that even "contemporary" handhelds -- such as Sony's PSP and Nintendo's GBA -- have suffered from "burned out pixels" in certain production runs). TurboGrafx-16 HuCards saved game data to the internal RAM memory of the TurboGrafx-CD unit, TurboDuo, or TurboBooster Plus (a peripheral for the core TG-16 console). The TurboExpress lacked this internal RAM memory, and as a result it was not capable of saving. (Actually, this is misleading. Nearly all HuCard games provided the option for using manual passwords). Text was also difficult or impossible to read in certain circumstances, as many times fonts were written to be seen on a television screen, not on a small LCD screen. As a result, certain RPGs and adventure games could be tedious to play on the unit. Another serious problem was that the battery life only lasted about three hours, which was also a problem in other handhelds of its time, such as the Game Gear and Atari Lynx. PSP can refer to: PlayStation Portable, from Sony Paint Shop Pro Pacifist Socialist Party Palm Springs International Airport (IATA Airport Code) Paralytic shellfish poisoning Payment Service Provider Pennsylvania State Police Philadelphia Songwriters Project Personal Software Process Phi Sigma Pi Polícia de Segurança Pública Polysaccharide Peptide Postal System... The Game Boy Advance is a best-selling handheld. ... TurboGrafx CD The TurboGrafx 16 was the first video game console in North America to have a CD-ROM peripheral (following the pioneering spirit of the PC-Engine CD-ROM add-on in Japan, although the FM Towns Marty was the first console to have a built-in CD-ROM). ... The TurboDuo (also called Turbo Duo) is a video game console released by Turbo Technologies Incorporated and manufactured by NEC in October 1992, for the North American market. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... The Atari Lynx is Ataris only handheld game console, and the first such machine with a color display. ...


Reaction

Despite its technical advantages, the Turbo Express was not very popular or known with gamers. In addition to NEC's disastrous marketing, the fact that the handheld was initally released for $299.99 (because of this, it was labelled as the Rolls Royce of handhelds) didn't help matters. Since there were other affordable handhelds and the TG-16 wasn't a popular console enough to be accesible for the great majority of players, the Turbo Express was targeted mainly to the relatively small number of fans of NEC's systems. The system finally was quietly discontinued around the time the Turbo Duo was also in its twilight. The TurboDuo (also called Turbo Duo) is a video game console released by Turbo Technologies Incorporated and manufactured by NEC in October 1992, for the North American market. ...


Trivia

Interestingly, a TurboExpress appeared in the 1998 movie Enemy of the State, well after the system's demise. An enemy of the state is a person accused of certain crimes against the state, such as treason. ...


See also

Sega Nomad The Sega Nomad was a handheld game console sold in North America and South America, mainly in Brazil, essentially a mini-Genesis console, based on the Japanese Mega Jet and featuring a built-in color screen. ...


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TurboExpress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (510 words)
The TurboExpress or PC Engine GT in Japan, was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249.99 (the price was briefly raised to $299.99, soon dropped back to $249.99, and by 1992 it was $199.99).
The TurboExpress lacked internal memory, and as a result it was not capable of saving.
Interestingly, a TurboExpress appeared in the 1998 movie Enemy of the State, well after the system's demise.
TurboGrafx 16 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2934 words)
The TurboExpress was a portable version of the TurboGrafx, released in 1990 for $249.99 (the price was briefly raised to $299.99, soon dropped back to $249.99, and by 1992 it was $199.99).
A TurboExpress appeared in the movie Enemy of the State, well after the system's demise.
Furthermore, it was fairly common for TurboExpress systems to have missing pixels in their displays, due to the fact that TFT LCD manufacturing technology was still in its infancy.
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