The PC Engine was so expensive back then, tho. It was like double the price of the Megadrive and SNES in 1993 over here despite having worse graphics than the Genesis and it was without the CD add on included. It's a shame because there were so many classics, like Ys series and Keith Courage.
The NEC PC-Engine was really advanced for its time when it was released in 1987, including its cd addons
with the first commercially available games in 1988.(well before Manhole in 1989)
The PC-Engine has a gpu superior to the megadrive in some ways with 16 palettes of 16 colors available.
Each palette can pick 16 colors out of 512 colours.
The Megadrive has only 4 palettes of 16 colors, SNES is same as PC-Engine except with 4096 colors available.
Megadrive had two background layers though, unlike the PCE.
It had a 8-bits cpu but the SNES's cpu was not really 16bits either, more like 8/16bits.
NEC's marketing was bad though but it's not really their fault because devs were under a nintendo contract
at the time and they couldn't publish their games there.
I need to port HuGo for TI Nspire now that i think about it...