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Analogue Interactive's latest uses aluminum casing, original NES parts for retro connoisseurs

It's clear there's a market for retro game experiences, but to date, most of the efforts to mine that market have been budget priced. Analogue Interactive is betting there's a market for higher-end retro offerings with a premium price, as the company has opened up preorders for the Analogue NT, a version of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System that starts at $500.

The heart of the Analogue NT is the same as Nintendo's original system, as each one is built using actual chips salvaged from cosmetically damaged Famicom (the Japanese release of the NES) systems. Using the original hardware was deemed necessary to sidestep emulation issues that affect NES clones already on the market.

While the system's innards are old, the exterior is a brand new aluminum casing featuring four controller ports, as well as original Famicom expansion ports to ensure compatibility with all peripherals, including the Famicom 3D System and Disk System. The Analogue NT also allows RGB, component, S-Video, or composite video output, and Analogue sells an HDMI adapter for $49 that will upscale from RGB to 1080p or 720p for modern displays, complete with scanlines.

The HDMI adapter isn't the only add-on not covered by the Analogue NT's $500 basic price. Customers can select from a handful of color casings for an extra $49, and Analogue is also selling original, unused NES controllers for $49. For the luxury retro aficionado on a budget, refurbished NES and Famicom controllers are available for $29 each. Preordered systems are expected to ship this summer.

This isn't the first high-end retro endeavor from Analogue Interactive. The company also made a $650 Neo Geo system dubbed the CMVS, built using an original Neo Geo arcade motherboard with a wood case. Matching arcade sticks were also available for $200 each.

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Christophe Danguien games developer 2 years ago
The price is kinda outrageous...
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Nate Ballantyne QA Manager, Aardman Animations2 years ago
I'd personally rather stick to an emulator than pay those crazy prices
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Steven Hodgson Programmer, Code in Progress Ltd2 years ago
Is it meant to be that price or do you get a free brick of gold with every purchase?
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Um... does Nintendo approve of this? I can see their lawyers thinking up a way to shut this down ever as I type this for some kooky reason (even if it uses old official hardware inside that expensive shell)...

@Steven: Don't give them ideas, man! Next up: a SOLID GOLD model encased in a hollowed out actual gold shell. Market pricing, of course... ;^P
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Robin Clarke Producer, AppyNation Ltd2 years ago
The website copy is a classic in the 'audiophile nonsense' genre.

The NES has been emulated virtually perfectly for over a decade. There is no quality level of physical components that offers a better (or indeed perceptibly different) experience.

It would be nice if they turned their clearly considerable talents to crafting functionally useful kit instead of novelties for rich idiots.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
@Robin: Agreed. I just read that site and my eyes rolled so far backwards I could see myself think "This belongs in one of those old Horchow Collection catalogs!" Still, someone with the bucks to burn will buy one or two to have as "variants"...
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Quincy Ward Studying Computer Science, University of Arkansas2 years ago
If this was $99 I would consider it. What's wrong with dusting off the old NES, blowing a cartridge and hoping the game makes it past the title screen before resetting?
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Roberto Dillon Associate Professor, James Cook University2 years ago
@Greg: I believe the last NES patent expired in 2013 so famiclones should be fully legal by now.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
@Quincy--You just mentioned everything thats wrong with that scenario: hoping you can actually play a game, which is highly dependent on how fickle not only the system is but the games as well. But theres stilll no reason to pay $500 when you can get any of a dozen new famiclone systems for the price of $20-$50 new.
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Ruben Monteiro Engineer 2 years ago
@Robin
It would be nice if they turned their clearly considerable talents to crafting functionally useful kit instead of novelties for rich idiots.
I dunno, it's been working fine for Apple so far...
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James Wells Gaming Contributor - digboston.com 2 years ago
The only way I'd even consider dropping $500 on one of these is if they also devised a way to get the Zapper to work with modern LCD/LED HDTV sets...
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 2 years ago
Go to a used games store and pick one an original nes for about $60 bucks. Picking one of these $500 units up pretty much automatically marks you as a muppet. You'll get infinitely more street cred if you did any of the following.

1. Got an original famicom or nes.
2. Rave about having the original system
3. Didn't spend $500 on a solid aluminium remake of a $60 console. For which you can no longer get games from anywhere except ironically a second hand games store. Which takes us full circle to the fact that you can probably pick up an original nes at the same time for $60.....

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Peter Dwyer on 8th May 2014 1:49am

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
@Peter: Amusingly enough, you can find NES and Famicom carts if you know where to poke around, but if you can afford to drop $500 on a fancy NES and another whatever for a controller, you can afford to overpay on ebay for cart by cart games and skip the tons of cheap lots there (and elsewhere), heh...
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