Analogue’s lovely, useful retro gaming consoles present a form of “archival high quality” various to a budget mini-consoles proliferating as of late. The most recent system to be resurrected by the corporate is the ill-fated, however nonetheless well-thought-of TurboGrafx-16 or PC Engine.
The Duo, as Analogue’s machine is known as, is known as after a later model of the TurboGrafx-16 that included its costly CD-ROM add-on — and certainly the brand new Duo helps each sport playing cards and CDs, offered they’ve survived all this time with out getting scratched.
Like the remainder of Analogue’s consoles, and in contrast to the favored SNES and NES Basic Editions from Nintendo (and certainly the brand new TurboGrafx-16 Mini), the Duo doesn’t use emulation in any method. As a substitute, it’s a painstaking recreation of the unique hardware, with tweaks to introduce fashionable conveniences like high-definition video, wi-fi controllers, and enhancements to reliability and so forth.
As a bonus, it’s all achieved in FPGA, which suggests that this hardware is really one in every of a sort in service of remaking the console precisely. Video games ought to play precisely as they might have on the unique hardware all the way down to the annoying glitches and slowdowns of that period of consoles.
And what video games! Effectively, truly, few of them ever reached the standing of their opponents on Nintendo and Sega consoles right here within the U.S., the place the TurboGrafx-16 offered poorly. However titles like Bonk’s Journey, Bomberman ’93, Ninja Spirit, Splatterhouse, and Satan’s Crush must be performed extra broadly. Shmup followers like myself have been spoiled with originals and arcade ports like R-Kind and Blazing Lazers. The Ys collection ( additionally bought its begin on the PC Engine (in the event you may afford the CD attachment). Right here’s a very good retrospective.
Analogue’s consoles are made for collectors who would favor to not should child their unique hardware, or need to upscale the sign and play wirelessly with out an excessive amount of fuss. I nonetheless have my unique SNES, however 240p simply doesn’t look as crisp because it did on a 15-inch CRT within the ’90s.
At $199, it’s dearer than discovering one at a storage sale, however good luck with that. The unique and its CD add-on break the bank, so if you consider it from that perspective, it is a actual discount. Analogue says restricted portions can be found, and can be transport in 2021.