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Is anyone going to get a Analogue Duo?


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Nope.  Given their long term (18+mo now) behavior, unfulfilled promises (amounting to sales fraud), and antics in general around the Pocket but more so the dock itself -- I won't give them anything.  I even went third party to buy an unused Game Gear adapter for mine from anyone else but them when I got it for the actual price and not some scalper level.  I feel like i was taken advantage of and lied to in buying the pocket because I got it with the dock as my primary use for it, and GBA aside, the dock sucks given its defaults along with all the other features that still are broken, buggy, or just not added that should have been long ago.

 

I'm guessing many are feeling burned or lack of trust, mixed to be fair with the more obscure nature of the system, as they can't seem to still sell through their (if being honest) limited preorders of the hardware as it's still open for sale on both colors.

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I'm tempted. I've never had a PC Engine or TurboGrafx but have been considering dipping my toes into the pool for a while (thanks, Dracula X!). On paper, the Analogue Duo seems at least as good a way to go as a PC Engine Duo/R, and it's already future-proofed (meaning, it has HDMI and doesn't need to be recapped). And it's probably actually cheaper than a recapped Duo/R shipped from Japan.

 

On the other hand, the things I read about the way Analogue has been conducting this (and other things) don't inspire a ton of confidence.

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Had I kept my final PCE Library of games (largely a mix of cards and CDs too) I can honestly say with zero question I still wouldn't trust them.

 

While it's bare bones output because no analogue/emulator fluff, the multi-av out I found they did for SNES/N64/GC which can pump out 720p clarity fairly close to the SuperNt I would have picked up their other one which works for the TG and the Sega thing too.  I'd rather give hyperkin $30 than analogue, as least their product does what it says on the box without features maybe if you're lucky being finished up or coming at all later.  No with no games, no everdrive anymore, no cds, and the bs prices they're at it's a no win situation.

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I've pre-ordered one given that:

- I own 54 PC Engine games (HuCards or CD-ROM²)

- Both my CoreGraphx and my Super CD-ROM² require a recap

- I'm getting too lazy to use them, because they're connected to my old CRT, and I always lose my saves because I don't let it plugged so I need to transfer my saves from the Tennokoe Bank every time, etc.

 

So for me it was a no brainer. Also I'm happy with my Pocket because I'm not a sad person like Tanooki. 🙂

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I ended up ordering one. My DUO is flaky and so this should theoretically be a more reliable replacement. I have a MegaSG and SuperNT already, and so this will go with them nicely. I also have a DAC and will be able to route it into my CRTs when I feel like it too. Really looking forward to it!

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Yep, I preordered. I have a TG-16/Express and a bunch of games, but this could be the first system I'll have that will do my PCE cards (unless the pocket adapter arrives first), and I've never had any of the CD attachments.

 

I warmed up the ol' MiSTer to try CDs out, and was really pleased with the Private Eye Dol english translation--I love murder mysteries. Also at a glance the TG/PCE cd library just seems to 'click' much better with me than Sega CD--far less reliance (if any?) on FMV titles, and I think I prefer that more 'video-gamey' style of storytelling. 

 

I do think the DUO should have built in support for US-style controllers, and I'm pretty surprised no inbuilt turbo tap. Odd omissions for a system shooting for being the definitive duo experience. (NT&NT-Mini got the full controller treatment) I may poke an extra hole in mine for a US controller din plug at least. The 8bitdo wireless controllers feel pretty nice, outside of using annoying turbo buttons vs sliders. I also bet we'll have to flash them with non-standard firmware for this. 

 

Is the weirdly hostile vibe around the TurboGraFX library a new thing? I don't get when or why that happened, but I'm seeing it around all of a sudden.

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11 hours ago, Reaperman said:

Is the weirdly hostile vibe around the TurboGraFX library a new thing? I don't get when or why that happened, but I'm seeing it around all of a sudden.

What do you mean? I have been feeling the opposite, like more people are finally coming around on the platform.

 

Regarding US controllers, there are adapters out there. Just get one of those if you want to use the USA pad on the DUO.

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