TurboGrafx-16 emulation app coming to iPhone

And now, some news that is simultaneously awesome and depressing. Hudson is (officially) bringing Turbografx-16 games to iPhone and iPod Touch "this winter" in a free TurboGrafx Gamebox app. It'll launch with a library of $3.99 games, and will include one, the Olympic-style World Sports Competition, for free. Each day, Hudson will select one game from the library and make it available through the app for a free three-minute trial.

Hudson didn't announce the initial lineup, but we're going to go out on a limb and guess it'll include Bonk's Adventure and Military Madness. And knowing that many people missed out on the TurboGrafx-16, we're happy to see the games being brought to such a popular platform.

And there's the terrible part. Last time we checked, the iPhone continued not to have buttons. So that's $4 each for a potentially great game to be rendered totally unplayable.
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SAN MATEO, Calif. – XX, XX – Hudson Entertainment is bringing the TurboGrafx Gamebox application to the iPhone and iPod touch this winter. The app is free to download and comes with one free game, "World Sports Competition." Once users have downloaded the app, they will initially have access to more than 15 games to download at a cost of $3.99 each. Users will be able to try out one game selected by Hudson, per day, for 3 minutes. Game content will be refreshed and new games added frequently to meet user demand.

The original TurboGrafx-16 video game console was developed by Hudson Soft and NEC. It was released to major popularity in Japan in 1987, making its way to North America in 1989. With an 8-bit CPU and dual 16-bit GPU the console was capable of displaying 482 colors at once. TurboGrafx-16 was the first console to have an optional CD module, which allowed for more storage and affordable costs.

For more information on TurboGrafx GameBox and other Hudson mobile titles, visit www.hudsonent.com.

Hudson Entertainment is the North and South American subsidiary of Hudson Soft, an international provider of games and entertainment content founded in 1973. Hudson Entertainment focuses on three key businesses: console retail games, digital download content, and music. Hudson introduced best-selling videogame franchises including Bomberman, Bonk, Military Madness and Deca Sports. Through numerous partnerships with record labels, Hudson has become a leading provider of digital music and video content. For more information on Hudson Entertainment, please visit www.hudsonent.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.