Analogue Duo All-in-One NEC System Will Launch in 2021

Analogue retro experts making a new Turbo Grafx and PC motor console

Analogue retro experts making a new Turbo Grafx and PC motor console

The Duo can read any media produced for original TurboGrafx systems, including those that require the Arcade RAM add-on, as well as the few titles that took advantage of the more-powerful hardware in the "SuperGrafx" console, which flopped in Japan and didn't see a United States release.

Analogue's take on the TurboGraphx resembles the TurboDuo, which was essentially a TurboGrafx-16 and the TurboGrafx-CD in one.

Like Analogue's other HD retro consoles, the newly announced Duo does not use software emulation and instead utilises an FPGA, or field-programmable gate array chip, to simulate the original game systems at a hardware level. The All-in-one system is capable of playing almost every NEC system and game formate including TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, SuperGrafx, TurboGrafx CD.

Although technically powered by a modified 8-bit CPU, the TurboGrafx-16 is considered the first 16-bit console and when released in 1987 in Japan it was quite successful, giving the NES, and eventually the SNES, some real competition. The TurboGrafx-16 arrived just as Nintendo was heavily promoting the forthcoming arrival of the Super Nintendo and while it was available nearly everywhere the competition was, few of us remember anyone actually owning one.

The one NEC system the Duo doesn't offer compatibility with is the successor to the TurboGrafx, the PC-FX, which arrived in Japan in 1994 weeks after the original Sony PlayStation and Sega's Saturn.

Konami, who ended up buying Hudson Soft, released a miniature all-in-one version of the TurboGrafx-16 packed with over 20 games (the number varies based on the regional versions) earlier this year, but those are fine if all you're interested in is some bite-size nostalgia.

Another way to preserve and continue to easily play classic games will arrive in 2021. Analogue is promising 1080p visual, no lag, and wireless communication using Bluetooth and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and therefore no adapter required for wireless controllers. Additionally, the latest Analogue Duo features an original-style cartridge slot, controller port and CD-ROM drive, making it compatible for game formats like Hucards, TurboChips, and CD-ROM. It will be out next year for $US200 ($283) and like previous Analogue consoles, quantities will be limited. It also has a controller port that allows owners to use original controllers and accessories for the Duo.

The Analogue Duo itself will be available for $ 200 ($ 283) next year. The most recent release was the Analogue Pocket which can play most handheld game cartridges.

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