Analogue Nt

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DeveloperAnalogue Inc.
ManufacturerAnalogue Inc.
TypeAftermarket video game console
Release date2015 (2015)

The Analogue Nt is an aftermarket Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom designed and manufactured by Seattle-based company Analogue Inc.[1][2] Designed around the original Nintendo CPU and PPU, the Analogue Nt is one of only a small number of aftermarket NES and Famicom systems that are not designed using emulation, since the Analogue Nt uses the original Nintendo CPU and PPU.[3] The goal of the system was to build a perfect, no-compromises aftermarket NES and Famicom.[4] The default model was released with RGB (RGB, Component, S-Video and Composite) video outputs only, with an additional "add-on" for 1080p HDMI output and a plethora of other digital features. The Analogue Nt's enclosure is solid aluminium unibody enclosure manufactured from 6061 aluminium.[5]

After sellout of the original Analogue Nt, Analogue announced the Analogue Nt mini, which is 20% smaller than the original. The mini includes RGB & HDMI outputs but, according to Analogue's website, doesn't use the original Nintendo CPU & PPU: "The core functionality of the original NES is engineered directly into an Altera Cyclone V, a sophisticated FPGA."[6]

Reception[edit]

The Analogue Nt was released to critical acclaim, praising how well it looks on HD TVs. PCMAG gave the Analogue Nt a 4/5, calling it "...remarkably crisp, sharp video on 1080p screens...It's simply the best-looking direct feed of an NES cartridge I've ever seen."[7] Vice praised the Analogue Nt's build quality and video quality saying, "the Analogue Nt is a gorgeous machine...The Analogue Nt makes NES games look phenomenal. Seriously. Like, mouth-open, jaw-on-the-floor, tongue-everywhere remarkable."[8] CNET.com said "In an age where retro games just don't look right on modern HDTVs, the Analogue Nt is a magical piece of hardware."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.analogue.co/products/analogue-nt-information
  2. ^ "If Jony Ive Designed The Original Nintendo, It Would Look Like This". 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  3. ^ "Analogue Nt: Classic NES Reborn as a $500 Luxury Machine". Time. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Building a perfect, no-compromises aftermarket NES... for $500". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Inside the $499 aluminum NES that's crafted like a Leica". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Analogue Nt mini – Analogue". www.analogue.co. Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  7. ^ "Analogue Nt". PCMAG. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "We Asked VICE's Interns What They Thought of Video Games Released Before They Were Born". 16 October 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Analogue NT is 8-bit NES perfection - Video". Retrieved 13 April 2018.