Analogue is a company that makes specialized Nintendo-themed consoles that can play NES cartridges from the U.S., Europe and Japan. The company's latest rendition of the region-free console, called the Analogue Nt, is a 24-karat gold NES that carries a price tag of $5,000.
The Verge explained how this new 24-karat gold Nintendo-themed console is 10 times as expensive as the standard Analogue Nt, which still allows gamers to play NES and Famicom cartridges from the world around for $499.
The $5,000 gold Nt unit was designed by Analog as part of the 30th anniversary celebration for The Legend of Zelda, the unit even comes with a specially designed gold cartridge rendition of the original Legend of Zelda from 1986.
It's hard to believe that the brand has been going for three decades, but Nintendo is definitely one of the few brands out there where their properties and iconic characters have lasted through the test of time; and gamers and even casual fans all over the world appreciate the fun times and entertainment values that properties like The Legend of Zelda have brought to the medium, and beyond.
Analogue's 24-karat gold units are made in very limited supply. In fact, the company is only selling 10 of these units for the most hardcore of fans.
One of the more fascinating things about the Analogue Nt is that these devices are actually extremely popular. According to the official website, the standard units are all sold out, despite the fact that they're sold at $500 and up.
Gamers can even customize the colors of the standard edition device that plays NES titles, with each varying color outside of the standard classic color will run you anywhere between $49 and $99. Technically, whenever Analogue gets more stock in for the standard Nt device you could always select the gold livery scheme and compensate for not being able to afford the $5,000 rendition adorned in 24-karat gold.
The Analogue Nt is purely a fan-service device, though. It doesn't run emulated software so it's functionality is rather limited, but it is designed to still operate on CRT monitors and other old-school televisions. It also comes with four controller ports on the front of the device, and slots to place the games on the top of the device.
It is noted over on the FAQ page that despite the Nt being region free, there may be some compatibility issues with PAL-region Famicom and NES titles since the device outputs at 60hz and PAL devices usually output at 50hz.
They also note that if you're planning on using the device on an HDTV, you can have them upgrade the device to support HDMI output with an additional adapter that runs at $79.
While it sounds like a whole lot of money for a whole lot of nothing, it's more of a novelty device for people who really enjoy Nintendo's older 8-bit titles. It's even designed to take full advantage of the four-player games that were released on Nintendo's consoles way back in the day; that's more than two dozen games on the NES and eight titles on the Famicom.
You can learn more about this extremely expensive NES-style console by hitting up Analogue's official website. They're currently out of stock for their standard unit but you can check out the site to get info on the reservations for the 24-karat gold units.