For a certain kind of retro gaming enthusiast, Analogue may as well have a vacuum hooked up directly to all their wallets. Having never owned one, I don't have any great fondness for NEC's consoles, but even I'm tempted by Analogue's new, slick-looking Duo console. Said to be compatible with "nearly every NEC system and game format," Analogue is also bringing its love for the TurboGrafx to the handheld Analogue Pocket with a new adapter.
Like the company's other flagship devices, the $199 Analogue Duo won't emulate compatible NEC titles but instead runs them on its specially-engineered field-programmable gate array (FPGA) core. Featuring a slot for cartridges and a CD-ROM drive, the Duo will run games made for TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafxCD, PC Engine CD-Rom, and Super Arcade CD-Rom, all of which will be output at a native 1080p.
For controllers, the Duo will support both Bluetooth and 2.4g wireless (making it compatible with 8BitDo offerings, as per usual for Analogue) and even has an original-style port for genuine NEC controllers. Around the back, two USB ports can also be used for controllers.
Analogue hasn't shown off the Duo's menus and options yet, but here's hoping it follows a similar philosophy to the Nt mini Noir, which features a UI designed to run natively on NES hardware.
As for the Analogue Pocket (which, if you'll recall, quickly sold out in pre-orders back in August), the new TurboGrafx adapter will debut in 2021 for $29.99. The Hucard adapter is encased in a clear shell, plugs directly into the Pocket's GameBoy cartridge slot, and supports TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and SuperGrafx games.
Also supporting adapters for Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx, the Pocket itself was delayed to a 2021 launch shortly before pre-orders went live. It's now expected to ship next May.
The Analogue Duo will also ship in 2021. It'll be available in two colorways: one styled after the light gray PC Engine look and a darker variant inspired by the TurboGrafx-16.