A neat little console and the one that got me into console gaming. Even an Amiga gamer had to take note of those excellent arcade ports on the PC Engine. R-Type, Splatterhouse, Ninja Spirit, Image Fight, Mr. Heli, Vigilante, Tiger Heli, Salamander, Chase HQ, Ghouls&Ghosts (if you had a "Supergfx") etc - they were superior to the Amiga ports, or not available on it. However, the very best arcade ports at the time were on the legendary, mythically rare (in the West) and expensive Japanese SharpX68000 computer
The CD-Rom add-on was really cool and the beginning of the whole CD-era in gaming as far as I'm aware of. The wonder of redbook audio soundtracks and voice acting in games... The HuCards were wonderfully compact and durable, and it was great to be able to play them on the portable PC Engine GT as well. I wish I hadn't sold my GT. Playing on an emulator on the Xperia Play is a decent replacement though.
Final Match Tennis is indeed a fantastic game and definitely plays even better than Super Tennis on the SNES, which on the other hand looks and sounds better. Final Match can be a bit exhausting to play, as it's very fast-paced and the CPU A.I. is quite tough and relentless. Super Tennis is a more forgiving and relaxingly enjoyable game to play.
Some great PC Engine games not yet mentioned:
- Y's 1&2. Classic JRPGs on the PC Engine CD with highly-regarded soundtracks composed by Yuzo Koshiro.
- Soldier Blade. An excellent vertical SHMUP that plays almost as well as Gunhed, but looks a lot better.
- Motoroader 1&2. 5-player top-down racing games, which are a must for multitap owners.
- World Beach Volleyball. Very playable cartoonish beach volleyball game with ridiculously powerful and lightning-fast spikes.
- Strider CD. Graphically somewhat inferior to the MD version, but worth playing for the great soundtrack and added cutscenes.