Still the most iconic of all video game systems, the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) is arguably still just as relevant today as it was when it released in North America in 1985. With its expansive game library and lo-fi simplicity, it’s a breath of fresh air for not only retro gamers but also those who don’t need a headset and 4+ hours a day to enjoy a video game. Available now for pre-order, the Analogue NT is a new hardware upgrade made from upcycled Nintendos and 6061 aluminum and offers the most high-definition NES experience to date.
…And the fun doesn’t stop with just NES.
Two years prior to the original NES launch in North America in 1985, the Famicom system was released in Japan and features its own entire library of games as well. The Analogue NT aims to merge both of these experiences together with a single console:
“Today, to experience its greatness, options are limited and riddled with compromises. The Analogue Nt sets a precedent. It opens a door to the highest quality way to experience the NES and Famicom. With a library of nearly 2000 titles, the NES and Famicom are home to some of the most significant games ever created. A rich and diverse history is waiting to be explored. We created the Analogue Nt to experience this pivotal part of gaming history with the quality and justice it deserves.”
Designed around the original NES hardware, the Analogue NT also features both the Ricoh 20A3 and Ricoh 2C02 CPU and PPU used in the original design—something that promises a true-feel experience in an age of knockoffs and online simulators.
But perhaps what will get hardcore retro gamers the most excited is that the Analogue NT is an RGB NES…meaning that the original lo-fi graphics are upscaled to 1080p or 720p to take advantage of the more modern television setups today.
Of course, all of this comes at a steep price though. For $500 you can pre-order an Analogue NT over at their pre-order page. But in an age where the XBox One and Playstation 4 also hover around the $500 price point, this small luxury just might hold its own post-launch.
If you’ve ever wanted to get your Duck Hunt on in style…this just might be the best way to do it.
(Images via Analogue NT)