A typical quandary that most seeking a classic console discover is finding a functioning console that has not succumbed to years of improper storage and misuse. While not a tremendous issue on most game consoles manufactured in the mid-to-late 90’s, more vintage consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System will often give you a myriad of performance issues unless the system was cleaned and well cared for. Its one of many driving factors that steer most players towards emulation.
Enter the Analogue NT, quite-literally a designer game console. Using the insides of a NES system and replicating the design of the “top-loader” system (which is heavily sought after by collectors for their reliability), the Analogue is a complete reworking of the systems hardware with many extras added. Before you scoff at the very steep price tag of $499 (yes, $499), take a gander at what this box can do.
The big feature out of the box is the king of compatibility. The console hosts two cartridge slots, one for domestically released NES titles, the other for Famicom based titles originating from Japan. The system will also work with every peripheral you throw at it, including the Game Genie and the Famicom Disk System, an important piece of the NES library. This is a godsend for collectors and those who wish to enjoy all that the system has to offer, as it drastically cuts down costs on new hardware (consoles, converters and foreign peripherals) and importing. With the Analogue NT, you can buy just about anything NES related and toss it at the system with confidence. Videophiles rejoice.
Another major upgrade to the NES hardware is the video output. It is no secret that playing classic consoles on an HDTV is typically a terrible idea, as older consoles lose significant quality when attempting to output the best possible resolution on the screen. The most common solutions are simply playing on an older CRT television(as they were developed with this in mind) or invest in an expensive RGB/HD upscaler. The Analogue NT outputs Composite, RGB, S-Video and Component video out of the box, eliminating the issue with being restricted to composite or, even worse, an RF switch. With an optional add-on, you can upscale the video to 1080p using HDMI.
Though the pricing of the Analogue NT may be prohibitive, it is the absolute best way to relive the glory days of Nintendo’s industry dominance without the shortcomings of the often overused, 30-year-old hardware. With it’s robust innards and a stylish exterior, it’s well worth the price of admission.