Turbo Gear

These are scans from a catalog that was included with some TurboGrafx-16 games. This particular one came with Bonk's Adventure. It's brief but oh so cool to look at. I don't know how many people bought stuff from this catalog, I can't imagine it was many. These would all be incredible items to have in a game collection.

Turbo Gear cover

The front cover featuring Bonk.

You know what would be awful? If someone licensed the Bonk character for a 3D game. Although a 2D sequel on something like the Virtual Console or DSi could be pretty awesome.

TurboGrafx-16 shirts, hats, wallet, watch, shades

Before you mock this, recall that neon stuff was popular in the 80s. I don't know what we were thinking back then either. It was on the decline by the time the TurboGrafx-16 rolled around though.

The wallet is my favorite item on this page. Go ahead and don't put that in your back pocket if you put games in it, or at least don't sit while it's there. The prices on all these items are a good deal except for the watch which looks like it came from a vending machine in the Toys 'R Us exit lobby.

Turbo Bag

The bag is my favorite item in the catalog. I would actually travel with that, it meets carry on size restrictions exactly. And if you had to check it then at least it would be easy to find.

The TV Sports Football branded nerf ball is a reminder of why the TurboGrafx-16 failed against the Genesis - complete lack of good sports games. For mainstream gamers, sports games are the most popular genre. Well, from my experience that was the case in the 90s. The TurboGrafx-16 had an awful selection of sports games, very weak compared to the Genesis.

Turbo Gear order form

I wonder if there's a basement, garage, or warehouse in Libertyville with boxes and boxes of unsold Turbo Gear? I'm sure that P.O. box belonged to a company that sold custom branded merchandise for a variety of clients. There's a chance they're still in business today, maybe just maybe they are. I have to track this down, imagine if this stuff is just collecting dust somewhere nearby...