The PC Engine is a video game console released by NEC, a Japanese company, in 1987. The system was released in 1989 as TurboGrafx 16 for the North American market. A PAL version of the system also saw a very limited release in the UK and continental Europe in 1990 as "Turbografx" (sans the "16" in the title).
The TurboGrafx-16 was an eight-bit system with a 16-bit graphics chip, capable of displaying 512 colors at once. On March 23, 2006, at the GDC Conference in California, it was announced by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata that Nintendo will offer virtual backwards compatibility of the TurboGrafx-16 with their upcoming game console, the Nintendo Wii.