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The Power Console (Japanese: パワーコンソール Pawākonsōru) is an unreleased peripheral developed by NEC for the PC Engine SuperGrafx game console. It was slated to be released in the Spring of 1990 with a suggested MSRP of 59,800 yen (equivalent to about $390 USD by 1990's exhange rates).

Why it was Cancelled

The SuperGrafx console was a commercial failure, and its low userbase would not have been enough to cover the Power Console's production costs.

Features

The Power Console is a very large peripheral, as it has many features built into it that would justify its near-60,000 yen price tag.

It connects to the SuperGrafx by slotting into its controller port, while also overlapping much of it in the process.

Directional Controls

At the center of the Power Console is a control column that has a yoke with two triggers that would have been used for playing driving games or flight simulation games, with a throttle lever to the left of it.

At the lower far left end of the unit is an eight-way joystick. On the upper left corner of the peripheral is a jog dial with three switches and LED indicators next to it.

Buttons

Action Buttons

At the lower far right end of the unit are four action buttons, labeled I, II, III, and IV, which with the joystick at the opposite end, completes a set of arcade-style controls.

There are also two triggers on the grips of the control column.

Run/Select

Below the control column are the Run and Select buttons, typical for NEC's gaming controllers for the PC Engine line of the time.

Numerical Keypad

To the right of the control column is a sixteen-button numerical keypad, presumably for more complex games.

There are also two additional buttons below the keypad, likely Power and Reset buttons.

Other

Next to the jog dial are three switches with LED indicators.

Miscellaneous

On the upper center right area of the Power Console is a numerical LED display. The unit also features four additional controller ports for multiplayer gameplay in addition to a storage compartment for HuCard games. Because of the unit's bulkiness and potentially heavy weight, it also boasts a pair of carrying handles on the sides.

Trivia

  • Years after the Power Console's cancellation, it became the subject of an online April Fool's joke played by Chris Covell [1] as a satire of, as he puts it, "many things, especially rare item hoarders."

External Link(s)

  • Power Console @ NEC Retro (NOTE: The server that this article is hosted on had broken down, meaning that there is no text on it as of the current.)

References

  1. http://www.chrismcovell.com/PowerConsole/index.html
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