In 2017, we got the initial release of the Analogue NT Mini gaming console. We are sure that many of you might not know what a Super NT Mini is and if you don’t, it is a premium gaming console which has been designed for playing the iconic 8-bit NES games but this time with superb graphics as well as accuracy. The NT Mini launched last year was priced $450 and many of the gamers found it too costly for enjoying old childhood games. Also, one could even get heavy gaming consoles like Xbox One or PS4 at the same price, so it was stupid to speed this much amount on a simple console.
So, after a year, the whole new Super NT has been released by the company which is more or less a recreated version of the Super NES, an FPGA-based console which comes with a lot of new features and costs you just $189. Obviously, with cheaper price tag DF Retro wishes to attract most of the NES games lovers. Still, spending $189 will need some really special features to lure the fan base, and that is why we are here with a complete review and to explore the features that you will find in the Super NT video game console.
Till now, Nintendo’s Super NES console has been the one to serve old NES games to the modern players. And it was really hard to beat since it offered the players with a huge selection of old genre-based game with superb video output and quality. Obviously, those were the games that we played during our childhood and there are way better games available out there now on consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One/360. However, the success of the SNES mini showed us that there are people who still love to enjoy those old games. But, it failed to offer the exact experience because there was no way to but cassettes in it. Nintendo Super NT solves this problem and allows the user to plug in the cartridges and enjoy old games on Full HD and Ultra HD monitors.
Analogue Super NT Review – Best Way to Play Classic SNES Games?
More or less, the Super NT console looks like our old cartridge video game. It does not have an Aluminum body as we found in the Analogue NT and possesses the dimensions of 5.2 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches weighing around 17.6 ounces. The size of the console is twice as the SNES Classic but three times in terms of weight. If you have played the Super NES games, it is more like a miniature version of it with simple yet attractive design and color to remind you of your childhood. There are different color choices available for the users to choose from as well.
Just similar to the old video game consoles, the Super NT also features a cartridge slot on the top side. There are a couple of buttons for resetting the console and to toggle the power just below the cartridge slot. We really missed the eject button that use to throw out the cassette with a pop. In order to remove the cartridge from Super NT, you need to just pull it out gently while holding the console at its place.
You will also find a micro USB port at the backhand side of the Super NT for powering it up as well as an HDMI port for TV connection and a wall adapter. You won’t find the old connection ports in it but there is a MicroSD slot that is required for updating the firmware whenever a new release version is out from the company.
There are two ports on the front face of the console that could be used for connecting the controllers to the console. It is something that we really missed in the previous Analogue NT console. Nintendo is offering 8-bit controllers as “8Bitdo SN30 gamepad” as well as “SNES Retro Receiver” along with the Super NT console just for $40 each.
Both the controllers are Bluetooth enabled and could be used with Super NT and SNES Classic as well. They have recreated the unique old controllers with the same old design but a better internal hardware. The controllers are very accurate, work wirelessly and fits perfectly in hand. There is a Retro receiver as well that you get along with the controllers and which should be connected to the front ports of the console. Since the controllers are based on the SNES/SF ports, you can even use them for playing games on other third-party gaming too.
Currently Trending on GamingBuff.com: Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor Rundown
The Interface of the console will remind you of all the old games and music that we were a fan of in our childhood. The system takes few seconds or even a minute sometimes to start up and then takes you to the main menu directly. From the main menu, you can find the list of games that are available from the inserted cartridge and then start any game that you wish to play. In case you do not have a separate game cartridge, you can still play two games which come built-in along with the Super NT console. These two games are “Super Turrican Director’s Cut” and “Super Turrican 2”. Obviously, the startup of console takes few seconds, but the users can also skip it and jump directly into the game by turning on the Automatic boot option which bypasses the animation and takes you directly to the game menu where the cartridge is inserted in the slot.
Going into a bit into the technical detail, you have got FPGA at the core of the Super NT console. FPGA stands for “Field-Programming Gate Array” which sits at the heart of the console. Using Analogue reverse engineering, the developers have transplanted all the original console circuit across the latest FPGA chip. Also, the core of the console has been written in digital circuit language called Verilog that is capable of executing different instructions from the user and console in parallel with ease, however, the time taken by it to complete the task is based on the quality of the embedded code. The result that we get from Super NT is really impressive and it can easily bring back the original behavior of old NES consoles with much better accuracy.
There is a big difference in the Super NT console and the previous Analogue NT console in terms of hardware, and that is also one of the main reason why Super NT’s price is way cheaper than its predecessor. The 2017 Analogue NT had an 8-bitdo controller chip, but that has been replaced with the FPGA core and encased in a gorgeous plastic finish and design. It is more or less similar in size to original Nintendo hardware console but feels really sturdy and durable.
Another difference between Analogue NT and Super NT is in the output. In Analogue NT, the company provided both HDMI as well as analog video output ports. But that has been changed to only one HDMI port in Super NT. This could be another measure taken by the company for cutting the cost of the console. It was obvious to try the Analogue video in the NT Mini because it is not supported by NES consoles. No doubt the engineers thought that it would be the main selling point of the NT mini. But that has been removed and taken out of the picture in Super NT.
You might also be interested in: Best Online Co-Op Games of 2018
Next, we would like to talk about the SNES Software emulation and accuracy which is pretty good in this small console. There are other similar consoles out there which might be cloned and might use an open source emulation code, which is highly unreliable and not at all recommended. The bottom line is the Super NT console will exceed your expectation if you are an old time games lover and do not wish to spend much time playing heavy games on your powerful PC.
The Super NT has a controller driven interface. So, one can make use of the original controllers as well as carts for playing the games. There are no latency issues as well, which add up to your gaming experience. Most of you gamers would agree with me that the old SNES games looked better in old CRT monitors, but the Super NT display output makes sure that you can get better graphics on your HD monitors as well. Similar to Analogue NT, the Super NT brings the support for 1080p, 720p and 480p resolutions and that too at 50Hz and 60Hz refresh rate. For people having a 4KUltra HD monitor, well, there is no support for Ultra HD as of now. For that, you will require extra processing power that cannot be handled by the currently used processing chip. There is another option to boost up the gamma ratio that increases the overall brightness output whenever you are using scan lines as well.
The user gets two aspects ratio to chose from. One is 1:1 and the other one is 8:7. However, we did not find both of them accurate at all. But there is a way out of it. The player can manually enter the resolution in the setting to get the desired screen resolution. The frame buffer makes it possible in the console. There is actually a whole separate scaler chip in the hardware that is customizable. And using it you can turn on the vertical as well as horizontal interpolation that gets rid of the glittering edges whenever the user tries to make use of non-integer figures.
The Verdict – Is it Worth Buying?
The Super NT is recommended for those players who do not mind spending around $190 for enjoying the games you used to play in your childhood every now and then. No doubt it is one of the good Nintendo entertainment Console which comes with top features and is the best way to enjoy old games with new technology. Yes, we really loved that one can pair it with good monitors and resolutions when compared to old CRT monitors. There is one thing to say about it, it is the best retro console out there that you can get to enjoy old classic games.