Category Archives: PC Engine

Retro Core – PC Engine, Megadrive & Rise of the Tomb Raider loses the plot…

Hey Folks,

Yakumo from SegagagaDomain has put together a great Retro Core episode on the NEC PC Engine. In this issue some hardware presentation and HuCards game reviews. Well worth watching 🙂

In this show we take a look at the many different forms of hardware as well as the following games.

Hana Taaka Daka (はなたっかだか)
City Hunter (シティーハンター)
Ninja Spirit (最後の忍道)
Knight Rider (ナイトライダー)
Doraemon: Meikyū Daisakusen ( ドラえもん迷宮大作戦)
Son Son 2 (ソンソンⅡ)
Override (オーバーライド)
Valkyrie no Densetsu (ワルキューレの伝説)
Gomola Speed (ゴモラスピード)
Dragon Egg (ドラゴン エッグ)
Metal Stoker (メタルストーカー)
Parasol Stars (パラソルスター)

Yakumo has been doing Retro Core and Battle of the Ports videos since… well the dawn of time 😉 You can, if you wish support him here on Patreon.

Also, the previous episode on the Megadrive is also excellent, well worth watching:

Finally, I recently started playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC, great game, I had a funny bug moment, last night… I threw one of these handmade cluster grenades by mistake into what looks like a pallet, seems like the grenade didn’t appreciate getting stuck in a piece of wood and started to act… well weird:

That’s all for now, see you next time…

F-Zero on PC Engine???

Hey Folks,

I hope everyone had (is having) a nice weekend, if you are a PC Engine fan and haven’t heard about a chap called Chris Covell, I recommend you to browse his site.

The guy’s a legend, a wizard when it comes to make the PC Engine do what it’s not meant to do. Check out his Axelay demo running on Supergrafx, it’s crazy.

Now, he’s got a new game out called HuZero, it’s a Hudson style caravan game which mimics really well F-Zero on the SFC, have a try and post your scores!!!

Here are a few shots:


Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo – Demo/Trial/Sample

Hey Folks,

I’m going through some kind of Castlevania renaissance at the moment, I finally finished Lords of Shadow last night (which is an amazing game by the way) and I’m playing Dracula X remake on PSP which isn’t bad at all!!! That made me think about my favourite Castlevania of all, Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo on PC Engine. The PC Engine CD platform hold a special place in my heart, compared to SEGA’s MegaCD, developers really pushed that platform to its full potential and Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo is a prime example of that.

Now, I’m not going to review that game, as there are far too many reviews out there and my advice is to experience the game, preferably on a PC Engine but an emulator would be fine and/or the PSP remake contains the original Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo emulated as well.

I collected a lot of game related images and web pages over the years that I thought were interesting. While cleaning up my hard drive, I stumbled across some images of an auction for an Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo sample/demo sold on Yahoo Japan for the whooping price of 316,155 Yen back in 2008!!! That’s about $3,200 at current exchange rate…

As far as I can tell, the demo contains only the first level and then goes onto a to be continued screen. Here are the images that I have gathered at the time. The first 2 images are from the Yahoo auction and the next 5 are from a now extinct Japanese website, this last set of images look like they come from a VHS tape due to the distortion I can see on the images, so there might be more material about this demo/trial out there…

There doesn’t seem to be a mass of differences between this and the release, if anybody got more information on this disc, I’d be curious to find out more!!!

EDIT 12/11/2015: One of these nice discs is now on sale on eBay for the whooping sum of £1,500, here is a clearer picture of the disc:

dracx demo disc ebay

EDIT 12/08/2018: Turns out the Demo Clear message is hidden somewhere in the retail version of Rondo of Blood, as discovered by The Cutting Room Floor. Here is a nice quality picture:



PC Engine Samples

Hey Folks,

I realized (many times) that I opened a blog with a clear hint that it would be about NEC consoles & games, but as you’ve noticed there isn’t anything about NEC, at all, yet…

Promotional games or sample along with alphas and betas are a nice complement to any game collection. They are quite easy to find for current gen (although I have yet to see one for the Wii) on eBay along with last gen and  32/64 bit era, but anything older than that is quite tough to find, not impossible though 😉

Even though PC Engine samples were given away to retailers to demonstrate upcoming games, they do sell for quite a bit on eBay or Yahoo Japan and they don’t seem to devaluate much. The PC Engine had quite a lot of samples produced during its lifespan, but the exact number of titles is not yet known. The PC-FX seemed to have had a good run of samples too and they do pop up on a regular basis.

At the moment I only have 5 samples for the PC Engine, most of them are actually Arcade Card port of NeoGeo titles, here they are.

Ryūko no Ken – Arcade Card (Art of Fighting)


World Heroes 2 – Arcade Card


Garou Densetsu 2 – Arcade Card (Fatal Fury2)


Kaze No Densetsu Xanadu – Super CDrom² (Legend of Xanadu)


Mad Stalker – Arcade Card


On a last note some of the samples bear some differences from the final release, Mad Stalker for example has some different GFX and missing features over the final release. Insert Credit has done an article on the differences that exist between versions of Mad Stalker that I encourage you to read, it features the very same sample pictured above. Although they label it as prototype/sample, it is most definitely the same as above.

Nekofan which is a great French PC Engine review site has done a review in French of the Sample of Gradius 2 for the PC Engine, a great article to read too if you understand French indeed with lots of insight on the subject of samples.

Any questions, let me know