After releasing beautiful aftermarket versions of the NES, SNES and Sega Genesis, Analogue now has its sights set on the NEC library of old-school hardware. Today the company announced the Analogue Duo, a console that supports a wide variety of hardware including TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx CD, PC Engine CD-ROM, and Super Arcade CD-ROM. It is scheduled to launch in 2021 for $ 199.99.
“Unfortunately, they never got the love they deserve,” says Analogue’s Christopher Taber of NEC’s consoles. “I would say they are probably the biggest underrated video game systems. Analogue Duo is the ultimate way to explore almost all of NEC̵
In order to be able to play all your old games, the duo has an original cassette slot, controller connections and a CD drive. This means that it is compatible with classic HuCards (also known as TurboChips) without regional restrictions. The duo supports wireless controllers via Bluetooth – every 8-Bitdo controller is compatible with the console – as well as wired USB gamepads and outputs videos with up to 1080p. It is 38 millimeters long, 168 mm wide and 47 mm high. It will also be available in two colors, black and white.
As with the previous analog hardware, the duo is built without emulation, according to the company. This is how the company describes it:
We keep history with FPGA hardware. Duo was designed with unparalleled compatibility. The core functionality of each system is integrated directly into an Altera Cyclone V, a sophisticated FPGA. We spent thousands of hours designing every system via FPGA for absolute accuracy. Unlike the counterfeit and emulation systems found on the market today, you’ll experience the entire NEC era without compromise. Duo is designed to preserve video game history with the respect it deserves.
While the company has a lot of experience building these types of consoles, the duo presented a unique challenge, according to Taber.
“Duo is the first CD-based system that Analogue released (and the first CD-based video game system ever released in history). So we had to do things a little differently at the hardware level for CD and HuCard support, ”he explains. “The main thing was to design the hardware in such a way that it takes into account all the different systems and formats with regard to industrial design.”
The new device isn’t the only hardware Analogue has in the works either. The company previously announced the gorgeous analog bag that plays a wide range of handheld games and was recently postponed until next year. To do this, the company makes an adapter for $ 29.99 so the Pocket can also play TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx games.
“Pocket will support as much handheld history as possible,” says Taber. “TurboExpress was a great handheld and brings that legacy to Pocket [a] great fit. Playing TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine games on the go is very special. “The accessory should also appear next year.
Given the ongoing pandemic, manufacturing issues have already delayed many devices – including out-of-pocket analogues. While the duo is slated to hit the market in 2021, it will be available in “limited quantities” at the time of sale, according to Analogue.