The Analogue Nt costs as much as an Xbox One, doesn't come with any games or controllers, and unlike the other emulator boxes you might find at your neighborhood discount store, doesn't even play Genesis/SNES games. So how come I still want one really badly?
Not going to argue with the aesthetics. If there's one thing we've learned from Apple it's that people are willing to overpay for electronics as long as they're encased in milled aluminum. The device plays both Famicom and NES cartridges and is fully compatible with any controller/peripheral ever made (including the Famicom Disk Drive). Also of note is that the builders use foraged 8-bit processors from old Nintendo systems, meaning that this isn't an emulator, but a working console, the only upgrades they made were to the audio and video outputs so that it works better with modern TVs.
With a price point starting at $499, clearly this was intended for the wealthy audio-visual connoisseur who wants to make sure that their plastic carts remain immaculately low-rez and perfectly bleepy.
It's the perfect combination of opulence and irreverence that makes this a prime candidate for the next Hammacher-Schlemmer catalogue. The sort of thing you look at and think "I'd love to have that in my house, as soon as I can afford a house".
Not saying I'm ready to shell out that much money, but I'm secretly hoping one of my rich friends will. What a nostalgic feeling that is.
You can pre-order the Analogue Nt right now at their website.