Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire is a shoot’em up game, released in 1995 for the PC Engine, in Japan. The game is rare today. eBay is filled with counterfeits of the game, and outside of the original disc, the only two legitimate places to buy are on the PC Engine / TurboGrafx 16 Mini’s, or on the PlayStation Portable (PSP).
I released a video on my YouTube channel, featuring my amazement that this game was possible on a 8-bit console. I know the graphics card is actually 16-bit, this console was designed to beat the Famicom.
Despite the difficulty of the game, I have really been enjoying it. I think the 8bitdo TurboGrafx 16 Mini controller is “now” a little too small for my hands. I enjoyed it back when I got it, but with all of the other controllers, I have, I need a larger controller.
Fortunately, Retro-Bit has a NES controller on the horizon. I’m going to see if I can get that one working. In the meantime, I will continue to do my best with the 8bitdo controller, or the one included with the mini console.
In short, play this game!