On October 30th 1987, NEC presented Japan this little tiny box that, believe it or not, would produce arcade quality 16 bit graphics and sound in your TV! How could that possibly be and why would you need another box if you already had a Famicom attached to your telly?

Sadly I was never able to figure that out... at the time at least, but foreign video game magazines steered me in the right direction and I believe if not for Nintendo's very smart grip in the US with it's products and third party tactics, the PC Engine might have had an altogether different story in the West. If you usually read the words I type in TAY, you will probably remember I spent quite some time this Summer playing a ton of games from the American HuCard library.

It's hard to think PC Engine and not immediately associate it with shmups, so here are five of my favourites:

Just posting those made me itch to play some shmups. I probably would if not for "real work" always getting in my way. But how about your, if any PC Engine memories? Favourite games? HuCard and CD-Rom? Tell me all about it in the comments!