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PC Engine noob questions
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:29:15 PM »
If I d like to buy a PC Engine which one should I get? Are there any hacks or multi cartridges? And whats the best resources on the net fir PC Engine (forums, database etc)?

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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 02:47:21 PM »
Can help you with one question, there is an everdrive available for this system:
http://krikzz.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=57
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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 02:48:14 PM »
you can get the Turbo Everdrive to put all games on a SD card

http://krikzz.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=57

I don't own  one, but I have a similar SNES card that works fine

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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 07:02:01 PM »
Cool, thats basically the solution. No Need to ne picky regarding the actual machine then I guess. Thanks!
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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 01:28:30 PM »


PC Engines range of models is a real mess...

JP version

PC Engine, CoregrafX, CoreGrafX II

First is white and then becomes anthracite black.
first output video with antenna RF. The others composite.
These plays japanese Hu card.

1989 : SuperGrafx

enhanced version of pc engine with a bunch of dedicated games (7 games)
it remains compatible with hu card.

PC-Engine Duo, Duo R, Duo RX :
http://www.grospixels.com/site/images/nec/pcengineduo.jpg
PC engine with cd rom.
Only slight differences between them (Duo is black, Duo R is white, RX comes with 6 button pad)
Can read obviously Hu card and CD rom2 games.

US Version

TurboGrafx - For US market

dedicated Hucard, not compatible with JP version.

It also exists TurboGrafx CD rom version, there's a crual lack of game.


Main problem with PC engine is their composite output.
In France the importator (sodipeng) did RGB modification for the inner market.

The RGB cable also included a RGB signals amplifier before arriving on scart.
Sodipeng is then a de facto DIN pinout standard.
Some models can be found on ebay with similar modifications.

CD Rom can be burnt CD-R.
I did buy the everdrive mentioned before. Works as it should.

I own a Duo RX version (from last year). It is RGB modded but also has a US/JP HU card switch.
it comes from http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=doujindance
I didn't buy to him, I am the second owner after.
I also can't garantee trust with this seller.

RGB Mod :



SoDiPeng cable (with RGB amplifier) :


You can also buy some tool that allows RGB output without modding :
http://www.otakus-store.net/en/nec-pc-engine/155-nec-rgb-av-box-for-nec-pc-engine-console.html


or tools and parts :
http://www.otakus-store.net/en/9-modding-kit
http://www.otakus-store.net/en/home/11-rgb-nec-modding-kit-for-pc-engine.html


I hope it helps...


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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2016, 05:57:14 AM »
Did you get one?
Just got one myself. Awesome little machine.

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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2016, 09:54:52 PM »
I tried to build the external RGB amp, nice day of soldering and testing, but not the way to go IMO. Could not get it to work.
Ended up hooking up a composite+stereo cable directly to the EXT BUS.
Excellent image and sound. Very easy to make.

Games are coming in too.
Games I got that are must haves IMO:
Kyukyoky Tiger: best shooter of all that I tried in emulation, awesome in real too. Surpassing entries on many top-10 lists like Gunhed and Soldier Blade which are IMO seriously overrated. Things I like: music, game is HARD but does not put you back on start once you die, power-ups are understandable (not the Gunhed mess), smart enemies instead of dumb bullet hell.
Bomberman 94: SNES killer, sound, image all excellent.
Doraemon Meikyu: If you're a fan of Doraemon: get this. Funny, nice music, and the blue cat off course.
Galaga 88. You CANNOT BUY A PC ENGINE WITHOUT GALAGA 88. This version is BETTER than the arcade game. Which is already king of the castle.
Space Harrier. It's cheap, and the nice chiptune incarnation of the famous SH music is already very tasty. You easily forget this version is a bit too hard (no continues until you make a serious good score first!)
Momotaru Katsugeki, nice platformer
Streetfighter II Champion Edition. Cheap, wopping 20mbit Hucard. Pushing the PCE to the limits.
Jackie Chan Action Kong Fu. Watch Cannonball Run, see Jackie Chan, and you'll get it.
Detana Twinbee. If you like it on the SNES, this one is better.
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Re: PC Engine noob questions
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2016, 09:00:30 PM »
Just wrote a little story about my experience with the PCE so far:
http://retrospace.nl/10_reasons_why_the_pcengine_is_the_best_classic_gaming_console.html