TurboGrafx 16 does not have the name recognition of the Nintendo Entertainment System, but that does not mean it does not hold value. It did well in Japan and became the main competitor to the NES (Famicom) there, but it never broke through in North America. Scarcity is the name of the game with TurboGrafx 16 games. Without the popularity of more well-known systems, TurboGrafx 16 games were not produced in the same massive numbers. That is good for investment. Let’s take a look at five smart video game investments for TurboGrafx 16.
An arcade shooter, Magical Chase was released at the end of the TurboGrafx’s life span in the United States. With 16 bit dominance right around the corner, there was little interest in this game. Its rarity makes it the high earner for the console. No new copies have been sold recently, but loose copies average a little under $3000 and a complete in box copy can fetch over $9000.
Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure
Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure is another game that gets a bump from its late release. The third of the series definitely outperforms the first Bonk’s Big Adventure. Sorry, I just wanted to type Bonk’s Big Adventure as many times as possible, it’s a real mouthful. Anyhow, this game can fetch between $200-$300 loose, around $500 for a complete, and a new game can grab over $4000.
Legend of Hero Tonma
When Legend of Hero Tonma was released, the end was in sight for the TurboGrafx console. Not many were produced and this has made the game quite rare. Rarity adds value and this game sits in a comfortable value zone with high low-end value. A loose game can fetch $500 on average. The high end is not as spectacular as others on the list, topping out at $1500. A complete in-box set will get you right in the middle at $1000.
Soldier Blade is revered as one of the best shooters for the TurboGrafx and also boasted some pretty nice graphics for the time. Value comes from popularity on this one, which is different from most on this list. Loose cartridges can sell for around $175, with complete in the box selling for around $400, and a new copy can grab over $2000. There is not much sales activity for new copies of the game, so that value could vary greatly.
Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu
A mid-lever earner with a celebrity is never a bad thing and who doesn’t love Jackie Chan? This is a typical brawler for this era of gaming, putting the player in control of the Kung Fu master while he must save his sister. Jackie Chan’s Action King Fu has consistent sales value with a loose copy selling for an average of $100, a complete copy for $180, and a new game can get over $500.
Invest in Equipment too
TurboGrafx has a lot of accessories that can be valuable as well. There is a CD-ROM attachment along with a power pad type item. Working add-ons to games like this can be valuable as they do not tend to age well. Some of the items, like the CD-ROM, have small parts that can break easily, so as always, investors beware.
The TurboGrafx was a small player in North America but had huge success in Japan. As a smaller player in an important era for video games, I suspect its value will rise as other big-ticket items began to be harder to find. These five smart video game investments for TurboGrafx are not a bad place to start investing- if you can find them.