The name NEC hasn’t been a part of consumer computing or video game consoles in a long time. But there’s a new device, called the Analogue Duo, that aims to revive the glory days of the NEC gaming machines.
The Duo supports nearly all NEC systems and game formats. This ranges from the old Turbografx-16 to its add-ons the TurboGrafx CD and its successor, the PC Engine SuperGrafx. This means it takes in all the old storage formats too, from the HuCards to CD-ROMs.
Like the originals, the Analogue Duo also comes with only one 8-pin port for its controller. That said, you can have more, using the two USB ports. Or, if wireless is more your thing, then it also supports up to four controllers via Bluetooth and 2.4g WiFi.
Introducing Analogue Duo.
An all-in-one reimagining of perhaps the most underappreciated video game systems of all time.
Compatible with nearly every NEC system and game format. TurboGrafx-16. PC Engine. SuperGrafx.
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— Analogue (@analogue) October 16, 2020
And finally, Analogue claims that the Duo is made using FPGA (field-programmable gate array). In other words, there’s no emulation going on in the machine, which means it will run your very old games just as their original machines did.
The Analogue Duo is set to be released sometime in 2021. But only limited quantities of the thing will be made, and it will be priced at US$199 (~RM826). The company is making it available in black or white, and only in the US and Japan.