CNET First Look
Analogue NT is 8-bit NES perfectionThe Analogue NT is an amazing Nintendo Entertainment System replica that plays old-school 8-bit cartridges with fantastic clarity and color. In an age where retro games just don't look right on modern HDTVs, the Analogue NT is a magical piece of hardware.
[MUSIC] The original Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, just celebrated it's 30 year anniversary here in the US. Now a lot of people still have their original NES, myself included, but odds are they don't exactly work too well I mean, let's be honest, they really never worked that well. So sure, you could get one of those cheap emulation knock-offs out there, that will water down the experience, or you could opt for something like this. This is the Analogue NT, and it's a built from the ground up, reproduction of the original NES. This uses the same CPU and PPU chips found in the NES to run games Giving you an exact replication of that system and the way it played. Now this is the ultimate console for NES purists, for the gamer who wants that uncompromised experience on a modern TV. Analog really did their homework here. This thing is gorgeous, right down to the circuit board. And the console's got some real weight to it. I mean, this is a solid block of aluminum right here. It just feels very significant. It's clear a lot of attention and respect was put into the manufacturing of the device. Now out of the box, the console can play any NES or Famicom game. Famicom's what it was called in Japan. And that totals over 1,000 titles. It's got two separate slots for NES and Famicom cartridges as well. There's also four NES format controller ports up front. And the system already ships with two to get your started. So I've been holding off a bit on the price of the analog NT. And that's because it starts at $500 which yes, is a lot of money. And if you want the impressive HDMI, HD up converter that's an extra $70. Okay. So if you're thinking about getting one of these you almost have to get that HD upgrade so that you can play games in 720 or 1080p. But I mean look at this quality it really is like a pixel perfect experience. There's also a quick menu that's loaded into the system that lets you mess around with the resolution and a few other settings, filters, and processing. Now the NT does a great job of playing your old NES games. And it could actually breathe new life into your old school collection if you've got a bunch of 8-bit games lying around collecting dust. I know I have a whole trunk full of them at my parents' house. Now yes, at $500 the Analogue NT is obviously not for everyone. But in the same way that an audiophile is looking for an uncompressed, rich sound, or the way a hardcore movie buff wants that perfect reproduction of a classic film, the Analogue NT does that for original NES games If you're willing to pay for it. I'm Jeff Backalar, thanks for watching. [SOUND]