A while ago we told you about retroUSB's HDMI NES, the AVS, a rather slick-looking console that promises a 720p output and support for all current and future NES / Famicom cartridges. It's now close to release, with pre-orders going live over on the official website.

The general pitch is that this hardware gives the opportunity to enjoy cartridges as intended but utilising HDMI, not offering ROM-based or emulated options. The stated goal is to provide long-lasting and crisp performance of NES cartridges, no doubt appealing to retro gamers with systems that are starting to fail on them. The product page offers up the following spec sheet:

  • Video: 720p wide screen HDMI output, 60Hz (NTSC) and 50Hz (PAL)
  • Audio: 48kHz HDMI output with expansion audio from carts
  • Display: Variable pixel scaling including integer options(1:1, 4:3, 5:3) with optional variable darkness scanlines
  • Carts: Front loading NES, top loading Famicom
  • Ports: Built in NES Four Score Pro, Famicom Expansion Port
  • Ports: HDMI Type A for video and audio, USB Mini B for power and data
  • Cheats: 5 cheat code slots with built in code database supporting Game Genie, Pro Action Replay, Pro Action Rocky, and raw formats
  • Online: NA Scoreboard online score system through USB
  • Updates: Upgrade FPGA configuration and menu system through USB

Package Includes:

  • AVS console
  • Full color box
  • Full color manual
  • 6' USB mini cable
  • USB mini power supply (USA plug)
  • 6' HDMI cable

The cost is $185, presumably with shipping on top for overseas orders; it's due to be sent out 'mid-late September'. It's certainly a tempting option for dedicated retro enthusiasts, tapping into a very different market from Nintendo's own far less expensive and content-locked Mini / Classic NES.

What do you think of this option for NES gaming?

With thanks to StuOhQ for the heads up.

[source retrousb.com]