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The Analogue Nt mini is everything the NES Classic Edition isn't – a serious retro games console


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Analogue has unveiled its latest retro games console, the Nt mini, to rival Nintendo's forthcoming NES Classic Mini. Which throwback system is best? Let's take a look.

Nintendo caused quite a stir when it revealed it would release a homage to the original 8-bit NES in time for Christmas, and many of us were quite taken by the idea of reliving our youth over mince pies and mulled wine.

Nostalgia aside though, the NES Classic Mini isn't exactly an earth shattering proposition. There's some great games, sure, including classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and PAC-MAN, but the 30 pre-loaded titles are all you're getting, ever, and there's too many top ones missing (Duck Hunt, anyone?!).

Enter Analogue, a Seattle, WA-based company that makes retro game consoles with a difference – they'll play pretty much anything.

The firm's latest effort is the HD-ready Nt mini, a slimmed down, cheaper version of the Analogue Nt, which was first announced back to in 2014.

Set to release in January 2017, the Nt mini is compatible with both NES and Famicom cartridges, as well as Disk System games via an expansion port, and it's region-free so you can get your game on wherever you are.

According to the company, you'll be able to play over 2,000 titles on the new Nt, which also bundles in a wireless controller and adapter that makes it compatible with current-gen controllers like the DualShock 4, plus old school accessories like the NES Zapper gun.

In terms of design, the Nt mini keeps the same premium aluminium build found on its predecessor, but slims downs by 20% – and shaves a bit off its price.

The Analogue Nt mini will sell for $449, which is $50 cheaper than its forbearer and works out at about £340 before tax – we'd expect a final UK price of circa £400 once you tack on VAT.

While the console won't ship until next year, pre-orders are now live on the Analogue website. No, you won't have it in time for Christmas, but you will have a retro system that'll do more than pick up dust after a few months.

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Excited by the Analogue Nt mini or think you'll be happy with the NES Classic Edition? Share you thoughts in the comments below.

Mick Charles Beaver

August 23, 2016, 6:22 pm

As an alternative, check out the AVS by RetroUSB. It is shipping now for less than half the cost and with a similar feature set!


August 24, 2016, 2:44 am

I'm starting to wonder if Analogue is paying people off to hype this up. Even on eBay, you can buy a fully functional, original NES bundle complete with zapper, Nintendo's official top loader with a sizable bundle of cartridges, a unit of a knockoff brand's console for each month of the year, or a quality kit to build your own, each one of these options for LESS THAN HALF the cost of this behemoth. Or, you know, you could just use the money to get your original console serviced any time it has an issue and still have money to buy an NES classic to fulfill your need to see 8-bit in HD. And seriously, if this is the "serious" call back to nostalgia, then why is there a need for HD and wireless controllers with extra buttons? Also, aren't we forgetting the fact that THE NES ZAPPER WON'T EVEN WORK WITH YOUR LCD TV? And this won't even have any real value as a collectors item; it's a modern remake that's not even from the official brand. Plus, this comes with NO GAMES OF ITS OWN. Sure, this will play 2000 different cartridges...but just how many of those do you even own and feel the need to play in HD that aren't already on the NES Classic's list? Three? Five, perhaps? And remember, cross off Duck Hunt, because the zapper keeps it on the glass screen. $450 is a lot of money to pay just to squeeze a couple extra steps out of your trips down memory lane. I have a feeling that most people who cough up for an Nt Mini are going to find that it spends most of its time on the shelf, unplayed and unloved, neither a thing of today nor the past.

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