PC Engine Mini/TurboGrafx-16 Mini to be sold exclusively through Amazon

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It sounds like the PC Engine Mini is being sold exclusively through Amazon and no other retailers.

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The console will be available exclusively on Amazon from March 19th 2020, with an Amazon Prime exclusive pre-order period starting from July 15th.
TurboGrafx-16 mini will be released in the Americas.
PC Engine Core Grafx mini will be released in select European countries.
PC Engine mini, Turbografx-16 mini, and PC Engine Core Grafx mini are only available on Amazon.
 
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Well, I guess I'm never getting this, lol. It's gonna sell out in preorders before anyone has a chance to review it and never go back in stock.

How is it that only Nintendo can make one of these mini consoles without screwing up?
When it comes to (initial) shipments and scarcity, I wouldn’t exactly say that Nintendo has handled their mini consoles (or Amiibo) flawlessly.
 

ASaiyan

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1) Nintendo massively undershipped the NES Classic at launch and then announced they were discontinuing it. Also that thing has 3 foot controller cables.

2) The Genesis Mini seems almost too good to be true?
Yeah, supply issues are a classic Nintendo failure. But they eventually fixed it (it's not too hard to find a NES/SNES Classic at MSRP these days); and the actual product is immaculate.

I don't trust the Genesis Mini yet, lol. The reviews may prove me wrong, but SEGA have literally never gotten their emulation just right. There's always some hiccup (typically audio iirc).
 
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Isn't Amazon Japan pretty flexible and reasonable about exporting game stuff to other countries, or is this about something else?
Amazon Prime exclusive pre-order period means stock will likely be over before non-Prime members have a chance to preorder.

Since I had to make a new account to buy on Amazon JP I’m assuming that my Euro Prime subscription isn’t going to work on the JP site, and I’m not keen on subscribing just for this one purchase.

I did buy a Famicom Mini on Amazon Jp, but there was no Prime pre-order exclusivity in that case.
 

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Yeah, supply issues are a classic Nintendo failure. But they eventually fixed it (it's not too hard to find a NES/SNES Classic at MSRP these days); and the actual product is immaculate.

I don't trust the Genesis Mini yet, lol. The reviews may prove me wrong, but SEGA have literally never gotten their emulation just right. There's always some hiccup (typically audio iirc).
Well, M2 is doing the emulation for the Genesis Mini so I have some hope.
 

DarthButcher

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10,500 Yen, which is about $100 USD.
I was personally hoping for an $80 price tag, but this was the upper limit of what I'm willing to spend.

The console will be available exclusively on Amazon from March 19th 2020, with an Amazon Prime exclusive pre-order period starting from July 15th.
Time to set a reminder to pre-order this thing on Monday. Is there a typical time Amazon starts taking preorders? Midnight Pacific?
 

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Amazon Prime exclusive pre-order period means stock will likely be over before non-Prime members have a chance to preorder.

Since I had to make a new account to buy on Amazon JP I’m assuming that my Euro Prime subscription isn’t going to work on the JP site, and I’m not keen on subscribing just for this one purchase.

I did buy a Famicom Mini on Amazon Jp, but there was no Prime pre-order exclusivity in that case.
They have 8 months to adjust production based on ore order volume. I cannot imagine they will limit preorders.
 
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A reminder that the pre-order date happens to coincide with Amazon Prime Day.
 

Fularu

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I don't trust the Genesis Mini yet, lol. The reviews may prove me wrong, but SEGA have literally never gotten their emulation just right. There's always some hiccup (typically audio iirc).
This is patently false. When Sega teamed up with M2 in the past games were flawless.

Only the Digital Eclipse garbage was, well, garbage
 

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And just like that, my excitement for this product is gone.

Couldn't you just sign up for prime for the pre-order and cancel prime afterwards?
Nope. You need an active Prime subscription when the product ships (someone correct me if I’m wrong on this). And regardless, I’m not paying $12.99 for the privilege of pre-ordering something.
 
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Fularu

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And just like that, my excitement for this product is gone.


Nope. You need an active Prime subscription when the product ships (someone correct me if I’m wrong on this). And regardless, I’m not paying $12.99 for the privilege of pre-ordering something.
This was never true in the past. Prime advantages are applied when you place the order, not when it ships. It was true for the 20% peorder promotion on games anyway.
 

Olimar

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It's zany that they are leaving the list of games to be the same between both PC-Engine Mini (JP) and Turbografx-16 Mini (US) systems. While I'm sure die-hard fans will be pleased that the PCE-CD version of Snatcher will be included, I'm not sure many will be able to actually play it. However, putting Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is very welcome. Hopefully this thing sells well, but I believe all of the games included are way too niche for anyone outside of Japan. It is not like this thing had much staying power stateside to begin with.
 

ReyVGM

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This was never true in the past. Prime advantages are applied when you place the order, not when it ships. It was true for the 20% peorder promotion on games anyway.
Since the preorder is this monday and it doesn't ship until next year, can I sign up for a free Prime Trial, preorder the TG16 Mini, and cancel the Prime trial and still get my item?
 

Fularu

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Since the preorder is this monday and it doesn't ship until next year, can I sign up for a free Prime Trial, preorder the TG16 Mini, and cancel the Prime trial and still get my item?
This is how prime worked in Canada yes.

I don’t see why it would be different for Japan. Once your order is in, it’s in
 

ReyVGM

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This is how prime worked in Canada yes.

I don’t see why it would be different for Japan. Once your order is in, it’s in
Cool. I'm gonna preorder, and then if anything happens, I'll cancel it.

Amazon of Japan lets you cancel, right? Because I've read other people complaining something about Amazon of Japan not letting you cancel or something like that.
 

Godai

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Cool. I'm gonna preorder, and then if anything happens, I'll cancel it.

Amazon of Japan lets you cancel, right? Because I've read other people complaining something about Amazon of Japan not letting you cancel or something like that.
Most cases you are fine, but some products have a warning on the product page that the orders cannot be canceled once made.
 

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Why are people thinking this will sale out? It is the TurboGrafx. I mean, it’s a great console, but so was the PlayStation and you can easily find those mini consoles for under 30 bucks now.

Additionally, the Genesis Mini is still available to preorder. The NEOGEO Mini can still be found online. I don’t think this will be as big of a deal to get a hold on one of these.