Is Konami coming out with a new console? The company, now famous for publishing Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution Soccer and pachinko machines, has recently filed a trademark for the name “TurboGrafx” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The application for the trademark has merely been filed, though, and is still “awaiting examination.”
It’s not entirely clear what Konami is planning to do with the name. The trademark could be used for anything from a collection of classic games to a brand new console. Readers who are old enough might remember the original TurboGrafx-16 that came out in the late 80’s. It was notable for being the first video game console to have a CD-ROM add-on, and was followed a couple years later by the TurboExpress, a portable version of the home console that far surpassed the Game Boy on technical capabilities.
Despite the forward thinking of NEC and Hudson Soft (the console’s creators), it was never a hit in the North American market. The console proved to be much more successful in it’s native Japan, and at one point became the country’s highest selling home console. The console was famous for featuring such games as Aero Busters, a side-scrolling shoot ’em up; Bonk’s Adventure, a prehistoric 2D platformer; and Devil’s Crush, a Satanic pinball game which should definitely get a reboot, whether or not Konami is making a new console.
Whatever it is Konami plans to do with the TurboGrafx name, let’s hope its something good, and not something disappointing, like a glorified plug and play virtual pachinko game.