The TurboExpress was a handheld video game console produced as a portable version of the TurboGrafx-16/PC. It was released in 1990 by NEC and known as PC Engine GT (Game Talk) in Japan.

Considered to be the most advanced handheld upon release, it could play all of the TurboGrafx-16’s HuCard games. It only sold 1.5 million units and was plagued with problems. Frequent sound failure and screen pixel failure were mostly reported. Also, text was difficult to read and certain RPG games were difficult to play because of it.

The TurboExpress had a relatively small memory capacity so saving game data needed to be done with a password save mechanism. Another problem was the short battery life, three hours from the six AA batteries.

Some features and accessories included Turbo Link, which allowed two-player play. Falcon was a flight simulator that needed Turbo Link to operate the “Head-to-Head” dogfight mode. Bomberman multiplayer also needed the Turbo Link to function. Turbo Vision was a TV tuner adapter that allowed a player to watch the television or play games with the flip of the switch.

The unit had an HuC6280 7.16 Mhz CPU, 8 KB RAM, and a 2.6-inch 400 x 270 resolution screen that used 512 max colors and 64 sprites.

One note, the TurboExpress was featured in the movies 3 Ninjas and Enemy of the State, along with the TV series Doogie Howser, M.D.

Image Caption: The TurboExpress — a portable version of the TurboGrafx-16. Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)