You can get a simple emulator and run NES ROMs on pretty much any old machine. But the Analogue Nt isn’t any ole’ machine. It’s a super high-end gaming system that happens to only play NES cartridges. It’s crafted from a solid block of aluminum, and sells for $499. If you want HDMI output and hardware upscaling, that’ll be an extra $79, please. For that price you get a printed circuit board so lavishly designed that it costs four times as much as a regular PCB to produce.
It’s powered by original Ricoh CPU and PPU chips that have been salvaged from a batch of disused Famicom systems. The optional, internal HDMI adapter, meanwhile, is designed to optimize image quality on modern TVs — lead video hardware engineer Kevin Horton says it “upscales digitally, directly from the PPU and CPU. This means no lag and zero signal degradation.” There’s even a built-in scanline generator, if the resulting image is too clean for you.
Of course if you’re going to spend upwards of $500 on a retro gaming system, we imagine you’re a pretty big fan of retro gaming. Or you like finely crafted products in your household. Either way, you can pre-order now and expect to get your system by July of this year.