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October 16, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Analogue brings FPGA tech to NEC's TurboGrafX video game consoles in a single unit - the Duo

Analogue Duo
The TurboGraphX got the “mini” treatment this past year and Analogue is bringing it's full power to market with no emulation!
As analogue churns through retro gaming's best hardware, they leave an indelible mark of excellence. Their latest feat is the Analogue Duo a console that plays nearly all of NEC's gaming software from Hucards to CDs.

The Duo offers an original cartridge slot, controller port and CD-ROM drive, giving it compatibility with all game formats: Hucards, TurboChips, and CD-ROM. This compatibility also includes original hardware and accessories. It will be interesting to see how many are available when they pre-order next year. Their Gameboy product sold out in minutes, yet their SNES console is still available. It's an odd business model from my consumer standpoint.

Analogue began making some really high end insane game consoles, Notably the Nt a sexy NES clone driven by an FPGA. I love their subsequent SNES and Genesis releases, again via FPGA using no emulation. Now they have breached NEC territory with an all encompassing TurboGraphX console, the Analogue Duo.

I've always been fascinated by the NEC consoles, but never owned one until several years ago. I have very few games, but have always heard gamers rave about these consoles and the games. A TurboGrafX Mini was released, which gives this game library a modern day boost for those who may not have known about it. This is an interesting choice for Analogue and I'm excited to see it in action... if I can get one. Here's hoping it isn't a limited release that sells out in three minutes!

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