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I Miss NEC in American Gaming

 

 

Cordova, TN, February 27, in the year of our Lord 2013 --Back in the 16-bit console wars most gamers picked either the Sega Genesis or the Nintendo Super NES. The Sega and Nintendo fanboys verbally debated the pros and cons of their favorite chosen system. I had both a Sega Genesis and a Nintendo Super NES. I did not pick either of them as my favorite console in the 16-bit era. Instead I went a completely different direction. I liked NEC's Turboduo the best.

I first learned about NEC with the TurboGrafx-16. This machine used game cartridges that were the size of a credit card. Game cases were around the size of a CD case. NEC knew how to take care of their customers. They sent me a letter asking if I wanted to upgrade to the Turboduo. All I had to do was pay them just under one hundred dollars (to the best of my memory), and mail them my TurboGrafx-16. In a quick turn around I was enjoying the first CD gaming on the home console. I was playing the best looking and the best sounding games in that era. That memory still sticks with me to this day.

The innovations from NEC did not stop their either. They released a hand held as well – the TurboExpress. This played the same game cartridges that played on the TurboGrafx-16, and Turboduo. Please note the TurboExpress did not play the CD games. Other companies were requiring gamers to purchase all new games for their hand helds. Sony recently brought this concept back into the gaming industry. NEC is the one that first brought it us. As well as the first company to bring CD gaming to home consoles. NEC along with Hudson Soft brought plenty of fun, fresh and fascinating franchises to gamers.

Ultimately Sega and Nintendo knocked NEC out of the gaming market. Which is a true shame since they brought so many important innovations to the industry. Thankfully some of them continue to this day, and others are being brought back to the market. I can not help but wonder what innovations NEC would have brought to the American gamers if more gamers had embraced their innovations as I had. I miss NEC in the American video game market place. I hope to see them return some day soon.

- Editor in Chief
- Paul Bury

 

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