Konami files new trademark for TurboGrafx.
Rumours have been speculating online that long time video game giant Konami are set to release an updated version of the classic TurboGrafx-16 console. The speculation has been initiated after NeoGaf user Rösti uncovered a new trademark filed by Konami Holdings Corporation which can be viewed here: USPTO. The new filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office covers ‘Video game consoles and video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor’. This would suggest that Konami are interested in producing an actual physical console rather than a mere official emulator like the TurboGrafx-16 GameBox released by Hudson Soft on iPhone back in 2010.
If Konami’s filing for a new TurboGrafx trademark passes the USPTO examination process it would likely give them the option of releasing a mini remake version of the original TurboGrafx console and with Nintendo’s overwhelming success with the NES Classic Mini, who would blame them. Although a large number of the console’s games are available through Nintendo Virtual Console, it may still be a big seller with the current trend of re-releasing and remaking classic gaming IP’s. Potentially Konami could still chose to enter the console market with a brand new console using the TurboGrafx name to compete with Sony and Microsoft. Either way there will be a lot of people excited by this news, whatever shape the new TurboGrafx may take in 2017 and beyond.
Konami acquired Hudson Soft back in 2005 taking control of its back-catalogue of games and IP, which included the highly successful Bomberman series. The original console, known as the TurboGrafx-16 Entertainment Super System, (which was called the PC Engine in Japan and France), was a console developed jointly by Hudson Soft and NEC in 1987 and was actually the first ever 16-bit home console. It featured many classic titles such as Bonk, Adventure Island and Splatterhouse but was probably known best for its extremely impressive collection of Shoot ’em ups. Below is a video review of the original TurboGrafx-16 from HPP’s own Kieren Hawken
So, do you think Konami has a new version of NEC’s classic 16-bit system in store for us? If so, do you think you’d be adding one to your collection? Be sure to sound off in the comments section and let us know.