The NEC TurboGrafx-16 Entertainment Super System was a home video game console first released in Japan in 1987, and 1989 in the USA. It was the first system to use CD-ROMS and had a launch price of nearly $400. There was also a portable version of the console, called the Turbo Express, that was identical in game play and first hit shelves in 1990. The TurboGrafx-16 was initially marketed as competition to the NES, but quickly began competing against the Sega Genesis as well. A later iteration of the TurboGrafx-16 was titled the TurboDuo (1991).
The TurboGrafx-16 was not a commercial success in the USA or the UK, but it was top dog in Japan. Although it started strong in the USA, a lack of third-party developers quickly turned people to Nintendo and Sega. By the mid 1990's, the franchise was effectively dissolved. It is worth noting that the Sega Game Gear, released in 1990, was created to compete with the innovative Turbo Express. Above is pictured the game Vigilante, and below is the game Pacland.