Hello, gentle friends. I’ve put the wraps on another Anatomy of Games series: Metroid Fusion. If for some weird reason you have been following this site but not that one… maybe check it out?
I’ve also reviewed the Analogue NT, that fabulously expensive upmarket NES. I spent a lot of time working and reworking this article, because I had to deal with the issue of pricing, something I always try to sidestep. But, any conversation about the NT online eventually degenerates into people making drive-by “gee whiz” comments about the sticker price, which, yeah, is high. But it falls very much into the “boutique goods” category, a small manufacturing run of highly specialized hardware designed to meet the interests of a very specific fan base. I don’t know the actual economics of the NT, but my guess is that it doesn’t have anywhere near the tremendous margins people seem to assume. Boutique products like the NT are incredibly common in fashion, furniture, automobiles, music, liquor, etc.; but video gamers don’t see much value in their medium of choice, so this comes off as some sort of bizarre, alien invention. Anyway, it’s a pretty impressive device — definitely not for everyone.
In any case, I just want to spread the gospel of RGB-modded classic consoles and upscalers. Now that I’ve seen the light, I’m a huge fan. There are cheaper solutions than the NT, and if you have a substantial collection of classic cartridges, you should at least consider the prospect of seeing them in the best possible light.