Analogue has slowly been working its way through the ’80s and ’90s video game vault, recreating classic console after classic console. After starting with various pieces of Neo-Geo hardware, the company then remade the NES (twice), SNES and Genesis. More recently, it’s turned to handhelds with the Pocket, an all-in-one system. The Pocket has been pushed back to May 2021 due to the pandemic affecting manufacturing, but despite that the company is today announcing its latest console, the Analogue Duo. The Duo focuses entirely on NEC’s home console hardware, offering compatibility with every TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine game produced.
The TurboGrafx-16 has been getting a lot of love lately. Konami, which acquired the rights to the console back in 2012, announced and subsequently released a miniature version of the underappreciated system earlier this year. Now, it’s Analogue’s turn.
The retro gaming specialist has announced Duo, an all-in-one reimagining of nearly every NEC system and game format ever created. With a dedicated cartridge slot and a CD-ROM drive, it can play TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx CD, PC Engine CD-ROM and Super Arcade CD-ROM games as they were meant to be enjoyed.
Analogue said it spent thousands of hours coding the Altera Cyclone V FPGA to accurately replicate the original hardware. It supports 1080p video and 48KHz 16-bit audio as well as Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless. There’s even an original-style TurboGrafx-16 controller port should you want to go full-on retro with your old wired gamepad.
The Analogue Duo will arrive in limited quantities sometime in 2021. Interested parties can sign up to be notified as soon as the console is available. Pricing is set at $199 which includes the unit itself, an HDMI cable, a USB cable and a USB power supply.
In tandem with the unveiling of the Duo, Analogue has also announced a new adapter for its delayed Pocket handheld console. Also arriving in 2021, the TurboGrafx-16 adapter will offer support for all cartridge-based TurboGrapfx, PC Engine and SuperGrafx games, at a price of $30.