IntoGrafix: portable TurboGrafix

[Bacteria] tipped us off to his latest portable system mod called IntoGrafix. The TurboGrafix-16 was awesome when it was released. the graphics were, compared to Nintendo, astonishing. Its games were these little cards, like a thick credit card. [Bacteria] wanted to revive his old one in a more portable fashion.  He designed a custom case to fit the whole thing into, which is pretty impressive itself. The screen is the trusty old PSone screen.  The last time we saw a TurboGrafix, it was in a mini Arcade cabinet.

22 thoughts on “IntoGrafix: portable TurboGrafix

  1. Do any turboexpress still survive?

    Anyways this is a great idea. A. the games are being played relatively legally, B. you can possibly start adding support for other systems.


  2. I have a TurboExpress, albeit it is now broken. :-(
    Far superior to Game Boy, Lynx, Game Gear, even arguably GBA. Used the same game cards as the standard console version, which was very convenient. Ate batteries; I had to sacrifice a set of alkalines to finish Bonk’s Revenge or leave it plugged in; had two sets of rechargeables, one always on the charger.
    I didn’t “take it out from time to time.” When it was working, I had it out every day, but it hasn’t run since 2005.
    I like the idea of the bigger PSOne screen!

  3. @svofski, because the games are software. You don’t necessarily have the right to use that software on unlicensed devices.

    It depends on many contexts and depends where you live.

  4. It is redundant to make a portable out of the turbogafx16,yes. But the redundancy ends with notable modern improvements like the added screen size,and better batteries.Would be nice to emulate that on a DS/lite or a some other portable media device with decent performance.on a ds there are two screens so one of the screens could be the game gallery select menu/settings/debug/ etc

  5. I too was taken aback by the redundancy of this hack given the existence of the TurboExpress, but the added features are worthwhile.

    I wouldn’t mind a portable NEO-GEO… But the size of the cartridges really negates any chance of portability, lol

  6. Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated.

    The screen size of the PSone screen is 5″ which is far bigger than the TurboExpress, which to me is important as it allows better game immersion and also less eye strain. It also uses integrated Li-ion cells which are far better than NiMH cells!

    It was a fun project to do.

  7. @Bakamoichigei

    You can get PSRAMs big enough now to make a decent SD card -> PSRAM -> Neogeo device… so you wouldn’t have to carry carts around. However the smallest of the MVS boards is still pretty wide.

    Or just buy one of those Dingo A320 things to play the 5 or 6 neogeo games that were actually any good.

  8. Yes great work Bacteria! I tipped this site on my portable ps2 and they havent uploaded it yet.

    I love the design that allows you to grip it in different ways depending on how you play, having options are always great especially if you are wanting to sell it. But I don’t have to ask you about that!

    If you guess want to learn how to make portables of your favorite consoles please don’t hesitate to visit, we can help you get started :).

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