Posted on May 9th, 2009 No comments
Posted on May 9th, 2009 9 comments
PC Engine (PCエンジン)
Maker: NEC Home Electronics (NEC-HE)
Release Date: 10/30/87
Price: 24,800 yen
I’ve been meaning to fully explore NEC’s PC Engine for years now. It, and the Amiga, are the only major game platforms I’ve never honestly researched. I’ll be fixing that through weblog posts that I’ll eventually string together into an honest website. Hope you enjoy them.
To begin with, I want to talk about the very first PC Engine, the so-called “white” PCE that kicked off the whole line in the first place. This is the only product that ever had the exact name “PC Engine” applied to it, though if I’m going to talk about the white PCE, I suppose I’m going to be talking about the history of the entire console, whether I want to or not. Hmm.
Where should I begin, then? The console was released October 30, 1987 in Japan, following a development period that apparently lasted at least two years. In an interview with Japan’s GameSide magazine (March ’07), Hudson marketing guy Toshiyuki “Master” Takahashi stated that “initial development on the custom PC Engine chipset began somewhere around 1985,” which would place the project’s origins right at the point Nintendo’s Famicom was becoming an explosive hit and monpolizing the entire game marketplace. Hudson, themselves the first third-party licensee that ever worked with Nintendo, had already released a bunch of FC games by this point, some of which (such as 1986’s Ninja Hattori-kun) were selling deep into the millions. At the same time, though, they were developing a new console to surpass the Famicom.