There are a lot of gaming-related things you can buy with $499 – an Xbox One with Titanfall, a PlayStation 4 with the game of your choice and change to spare, a Wii U and multiple titles or an all-aluminum Nintendo Entertainment System. Wait, what?
A company by the name of Analogue Interactive is now taking pre-orders for the Analogue Nt, a NES remake that’s quite literally a work of art. The machine is precision fabricated from a single, solid block of 6061 aluminum and uses the exact same CPU and PPU found in the original – the Ricoh 20A3 and Ricoh 2C02.
It also uses the identical controller ports from the original NES so it’ll be compatible with all original hardware and accessories, from the NES Zapper to the Famicom Disk System. Outputs include RGB, component, s-video and composite. With an HDMI adapter (sold separately), buyers will be able to connect to an HDTV for upscaling directly from RGB to 1080p or 720p.
The company says that unlike the knock off and emulation systems that riddle the market today, the Analogue Nt is the only NES on the market that is built with original hardware. The system is region free and supports all NES, Famicom and Famicom Disk System games.
Your $499 investment includes the console and all of the necessary cables to connect it to your television. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spring extra for NES / Famicom controllers.