Quoted from Backyardace:
My Turbo Grafx Mini gets delivered tomorrow. I’ve only played a few of the games on the system so I’m looking forward to some new games to play. Any tips on the best games?
So I played through most of the games. Not all.
The one game that really sucked is moto racing. UGHHHH... I can't figure out the gas button.
Which brings me to one minor gripe about this system(minor its a great mini console and well worth the money even though it is expensive).
The sega mini had the option to look at the game manual. There is no such option here. And really that would be welcome. As it would be nice to get a little depth and detail about the games. Now with that being said... I'll answer your main question... Ummm going to be lengthy. Just like Styx I've got "Too Much Time on My Hands"!
First before we get started remember that there are two sets of games. American games and then Japanese games. To switch you hit the down button on d-pad and then you go over to the console and make the change.
On the American side my hands down favorite game is Lords of Thunder. Its a horizontal scrolling Shoot em up game. I'm not a big shoot em up fan, as its probably one of my lesser favorite game genres, along with the RPG genre as well... Which is a bit of a bummer as the T16 was mostly famous for it shoot em ups and RPGs and this mini has a lot.
But, Lords of Thunder is really, really well done and while I don't think it is the best horizontal shooter I've ever played(just because I don't love em, doesn't mean I haven't played a good chunk of em), it really is up there. For starters I like that you're not a boring space ship or jet, but a mech!!!! And the enemy designs are amazing and fun and lots of variety. Along with their designs are unique attack patterns. And the level designs are unique as well. Its really refreshing as this game plays so different from most in the genre. And I like the melee attack. I wish you could do it manually, but 2 buttons.. .So I get it. Game play is fantastic. And the music is amazing. You'll be hard pressed to find a better horizontal shoot em up than this. My only beef. Is a charge attack would ahve made this game better and probably I'd say the best ever. Just a minor gripe for an amazing game.
And again I've never had much luck getting this to work on my pi, so... Works great here!!!!!
The 2nd best game is Dracula A.... something... Rondo of Blood basically. Its on the Japanese side, and again its a turbo cd game and again another game that I never could get to work. But, trust me. You don't need to read or speak Japanese to play it. Its amazing and its one of the best Castlevania's of all time. Won't talk more about that one. As its Castlevania and that is all you need to know.
Ninja Scroll on the American side is a really amazing game. Its a near perfect arcade port. I mostly played the arcade version in the past, as the sound is better. But, this is a great version and its a amazing.
On the ninja side of things is Ninja Gaiden. Its on the Japanese side and its Ninja... something or another... I don't know much about it. I only played it a few minutes, but it seems like a port of the first one on the T16. Don't know the differences. But, again. Its Ninja Gaiden... Awesome game.
Kung Fu game on the Japanese side that you're a really big sprite and its constantly auto scrolling to the right. At first I hated this game. I've played it in the past. But, I never got the controls... Well something clicked and I had a good bit of fun playing it. Is it great... No... But, it is fun.
Bonks Revenge is on the American side. That's the 2nd bonk. Its actually a really good platformer. Has a lot of unique elements to it, to set it apart. Is it as good as super mario bros 3... no... Its on par with the first one though. Has a lot of good ideas, and game looks great.
The first Bonk is on the Japanese side. You don't need to know how to read to play this that one either. Its not called bonk, but look for his face and its the first one.
Air Zonk. That is another Bonk game, but set in the future and its a side scrolling horizontal shooter. Not as good as Lords of Thunder, but its still a pretty dang good one. Unique style and sense of humor... All in all pretty fun game.
And becauase this is Pinball forume. Alien Crush is one of the better console virtual pinball games. I like demon's crush a bit better. But, Alien Crush is fun to play.
Splatter House. This is the only Beat Em Up on this mini console and its a good one. Its not great. But, its always worth playing and fun. I do look forward to beating this one. As I never did in the past and I got to the 3rd stage without dying... So I think if i just practice the bosses more I should be okay.
To me those are my favorites.
Some people love the RPGs, so they'll mention Yves 1 and 2... Or maybe cadash. And I do look forward to playing those. Just not right now. I'm not in the mood for a deep dive retro RPG.
Also, trust me... Horizontal and vertical shooters... There are a lot on this system and a lot of classics. I didn't mention Verticals at all, but trust me, they are there.
Fantasy Zone is on the Japanese side. And that is a classic as well. I don't know how easy the shop is to navigate though... I haven't played that version yet.
And I do like the bomber man games for short plays... And I was surprised at Chew Man FU. That seems like a fun puzzle game. A little like Bomberman but with a slightly different approach.
I plan on playing that one more.
So in hindsight one might wonder why I bought this system. As I'm not a fan of the bulk of the games on it. RPGs and Shootem ups. I really think Legendary ax 1 and 2 should have been included. Those games were unique and really don't need Ninja Giaden that's on the NES.
Still the cost of this system just for Rondo, Lords of Thunder are worth it. Also... I think I might get into Advanced Wars. That seems like a fun turn based strategy game. Only played first map. I think that game might kick my butt!!! Thank goodness for save states. As I think there are no passcodes for the levels.