Before the transition to HD TV sets, retrogaming was as easy as hooking up an old console and turning it on. But today’s modern sets tend to mangle the older analog video signals those classic consoles produce, rendering them as fuzzy, laggy messes.
To remedy this, retrogaming hobbyists have stepped forward to offer new HD-equipped consoles that can play vintage games (even Nintendo is getting in on the act, with its $60 NES Classic due this fall).
One of those solutions is the RetroUSB AVS, a $185 HD reimagining of the 1980s 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. The AVS boasts impressive features, including near-100 percent game compatibility, the support for Japanese NES games (called Famicom games), and more. And all that in crisp 720p high-definition, which scales well to 4K TV sets.
This new “remix console” comes from a small, Redwood City, CA-based company run by one man, Brian Parker, who has created reproduction NES games, specialized controllers, and development tools for hobbyists for over a decade now. His work is impressive to hobbyists, but is it good enough now for the mainstream? Let’s take a look.