The world of retro gaming is about to get a massive upgrade as the Analogue 3D, set to launch in 2024, promises an authentic 4K gaming experience with some beloved classics from the 1990s.
Gamers can rejoice, for Diddy Kong Racing, World Driver Championship, Cruis’n USA, and Road Rash 64 are all set to make a legal comeback in glorious 4K resolution without resorting to emulation. The best part? You’ll need those cherished cartridges you’ve held onto over the years.
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Analogue’s Stellar Reputation
Analogue, a Seattle-based gaming hardware company, has already endeared itself to gamers with its innovative take on the classic Game Boy through the Analogue Pocket.
This portable device allows you to play original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, with the option of adding adapters for Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket, and Sega Game Gear.
The Analogue Pocket also supports HD monitor output via a dock, giving new life to these classic titles.
N64: The Next Frontier
In the pipeline is Analogue’s ode to the Nintendo 64, a groundbreaking console from 1996 that marked Nintendo’s foray into 3D gaming.
Unlike its predecessors, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the N64 transported gamers into the exciting world of 3D environments.
Analogue’s upcoming console, dubbed the Analogue 3D, will feature a custom Analogue OS and deliver the N64’s iconic titles in stunning 4K resolution.
What sets it apart is Analogue’s promise of “reference quality recreations of specific model CRT’s and PVM’s.”
A Truly Global Gaming Experience
The Analogue 3D aims to be the first non-Nintendo N64-style device that supports all three game regions: USA, EU, and Japan.
Notably, it’s important to clarify that these games will not be emulated; they require the use of original N64 cartridges.
This news is likely to send eBay sellers of vintage N64 games into a frenzy, as their collections become even more sought-after.
Controller Compatibility and Beyond
The Analogue 3D will feature four controller ports, presumably to accommodate original N64 controllers.
Additionally, it will introduce a new Bluetooth controller adorned with the 8BitDo logo on one of the buttons.
8BitDo is a well-known controller manufacturer that produces a range of third-party devices. Gamers might recognize their popular products like the Micro, a compact gamepad for Android and the Nintendo Switch, or the Pro 2, a preferred input method for gamers.
Notably, 8BitDo has prior experience with the N64, having offered mod kits for N64 controllers to make them wireless and rechargeable.
Competition in the Retro Gaming Arena
The Analogue 3D will take on the Polymega, an existing retro gaming console that supports physical media.
The Polymega’s base unit primarily focuses on disc-based games, enabling players to enjoy classics from systems like the PlayStation, TurboGrafx-CD, Sega CD, Neo Geo CD, and Sega Saturn.
However, the upcoming EM05 Module for the Polymega, currently in development, will allow it to play N64 cartridges.
Alternate Options for N64 Gaming
If you can’t wait to dive back into N64 racing classics, the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack currently offers Mario Kart 64, Wave Race 64, and F-Zero X for subscribers.
However, for the most authentic experience and a broader selection of games, a separate device like the Analogue 3D will be your ticket to revisiting your favorite titles.
While the Analogue 3D’s appearance and pricing details are yet to be revealed, it’s a safe bet that gamers and collectors alike will be eager to secure a spot on the waiting list for its anticipated 2024 launch.