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Retro Console Gaming => Other Systems => Topic started by: TL on June 06, 2013, 20:37:57 PM

Title: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 06, 2013, 20:37:57 PM
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The SuperGrafx (????????????) is a video game console by NEC. It is an upgraded version of the PC Engine (known as the TurboGrafx in North America and Europe), released exclusively in Japan, primarily in response to the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo Entertainment System outside of Japan) from Nintendo.
Originally announced as the PC Engine 2, the machine was purported to be a true 16-bit system with improved graphics and audio capabilities over the original PC Engine. Expected to be released in 1990, the SuperGrafx was rushed to market, debuting several months earlier in late 1989 with only modest improvements over the original PC Engine.

Only seven games were produced which took advantage of the improved SuperGrafx hardware and two of those could be played on a regular PC Engine too. However the SuperGrafx is backwards compatible with all PC Engine and PC Engine CD-ROM≤ games bringing the compatible software total up to nearly 700 games. The system was not widely adopted and is largely seen as a commercial failure.

Compared to the PC Engine, the SuperGrafx has four times the amount of working RAM for the main CPU and a second video chip with its own video RAM. Also included is a priority controller chip, which allows the output of both video chips to be combined in various ways[citation needed]. The SuperGrafx has support for two independently scrolling background layers, like the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, as opposed to the PC Engine's single layer. It is very common misconception that the extra video hardware and capabilities were taxing on the system's CPU, and is often cited as the main reason few games were developed for the system. In reality, despite having the same CPU as the PC Engine, the SuperGrafx is more than capable of keeping up with the new graphic enhancements, as the majority of the workload is handled by the VDPs.

One accessory of note was the "Power Console", designed to add a full flight yoke, throttle and keypad to the SuperGrafx, sliding over the entire console. Besides a prototype, no Power Consoles were ever produced.
There were no CD-ROM≤, Super CD-ROM≤, or Arcade CD-ROM≤ games written that took advantage of the SuperGrafx platform. Game software was also very expensive, in some cases approaching as much as $110 USD at retail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supergrafx (http://http)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: AmigaJay on June 06, 2013, 21:20:15 PM
Yeah a disappointing follow up to the PC Engine, I think killed NEC as console makers as much as the awful PC-FX!
Only 5 games released, and the best one can be played elsewhere, nothing worth buying one for...
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: DreamcastRIP on June 06, 2013, 21:50:55 PM
One for the collectors and/or PC Engine hardcore only I think.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TrekMD on June 07, 2013, 00:58:54 AM
Can't say that I like the look of that console.  Too bad they didn't really make it "super" with its internals to warrant the SuperGrafx name.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: onthinice on June 07, 2013, 02:08:49 AM
I wish they had released it outside of Japan.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 07, 2013, 20:17:07 PM
Article on the console from The Games Machine:

(http://i.imgur.com/eRukpkS.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/xGlR2in.jpg)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: onthinice on June 08, 2013, 02:57:11 AM
Thanks! Some great info! On the other page did they get a shot of the floor of Doug's garage? :4:
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 08, 2013, 17:05:48 PM
Rare NEC SuperGrafx System Review (http://http)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: DreamcastRIP on June 08, 2013, 17:30:51 PM
Thanks for linking that video, Laird. Since reading numerous comments in the gaming press over the years I've always laboured under the impression that the SuperGrafx conversion of Daimakaimura/Ghouls'n Ghosts was all but arcade perfect. So it came as quite a surprise to see the disparity between it and the arcade coin-op. While the graphics generally look a decent match the sound was sorely lacking in comparison.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 16, 2013, 16:09:17 PM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Thanks for linking that video, Laird. Since reading numerous comments in the gaming press over the years I've always laboured under the impression that the SuperGrafx conversion of Daimakaimura/Ghouls'n Ghosts was all but arcade perfect. So it came as quite a surprise to see the disparity between it and the arcade coin-op. While the graphics generally look a decent match the sound was sorely lacking in comparison.

You might appreciate this video then:

J2Games Comparison: Ghouls n' Ghosts Genesis vs SuperGrafx (http://http)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: zapiy on June 17, 2013, 19:05:55 PM
I would love to pick one of these up one day.. Not the best looking system ever but i do think it has a wow factor about it.. Well for me anyway lol.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: DreamcastRIP on June 17, 2013, 20:06:33 PM
Superb comparison video there. Cheers.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 19, 2013, 22:18:43 PM
A couple of videos of games for you:

First up is a game that is also known as Magic King Granzort

Madou Ou Granzort [?????????] Game Sample -- SuperGrafx (http://http)

And here is the horizontally scrolling shooter Aldynes

Aldynes - for NEC SuperGrafx - 1991 (http://http)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TrekMD on June 20, 2013, 02:09:03 AM
Both of those games look pretty cool.  Interesting that in Magic King Granzort the player moves from right to left (most of these types of games are left to right).  May be a cultural thing since this is a Japanese title for the Japanese market.
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: DreamcastRIP on June 20, 2013, 03:46:01 AM
Aldynes in some ways reminded me a little of...

(http://cdn0.spong.com/pack/t/r/trevormcfu181860/_-Trevor-McFur-in-the-Crescent-Galaxy-Jaguar-_.jpg)

 :o
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on June 22, 2013, 22:02:20 PM
A couple more:

Battle Ace [??????] Game Sample -- SuperGrafx (http://http)

[SGX] 1941:Counter Attack 1CC Part 1/4 (http://http)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on January 03, 2014, 13:36:14 PM
Check out this prototype SuperGrafx controller!† :13:

(http://tengokugame.free.fr/dossier_collector/power_console.jpg)
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TrekMD on January 03, 2014, 13:37:52 PM
Eh, was that supposed to sit atop the console? 
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TL on January 03, 2014, 13:40:49 PM
Alongside it like a normal controller!
Title: Re: NEC SuperGrafx
Post by: TrekMD on January 03, 2014, 13:47:18 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Alongside it like a normal controller!

Looks big enough to sit on top of it!