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Old School Style NES30 Gamepad Works With Devices Today

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The time is 1985. You’ve just come back home from a gruelling day at kindergarten. You just want to unwind with a nice cup of milk and your favourite gaming system in front of you. That was bliss. Fast forward 30 years, and you sadly contemplate your modern life with all its stale responsibilities and obnoxious obligations. But for a few minutes a day, you can still relive some of that former glory. The NES30 gamepad pictured above is a 1:1 replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System controller from the 80′s. This one connects to several devices through Bluetooth, however, allowing you to game with more freedom than anyone can with the on-screen controls seen on most mobile device games. Ok, there are four extra buttons that weren’t part of the original, so exact faithfulness was overlooked in favour of modern usability. But it’s still a pretty good approximation to what the original looked like. The battery will last 20 hours between charges, and it will work with just about any device capable of playing games, except consoles. It’ll cost you $40 to own.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Play NES Games On Your iPhone, No Jailbreak Needed

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Up until recently, if you wanted to get in on the sweet, sweet retro NES gaming action on your mobile device, you either needed an Android or a jailbroken iPhone. But now, thanks to Conrad Kramer, Jared Wright, Bogdan Vitoc and Evan Klein, you can have a full emulator directly on a web page, which is called WebNES. Simply visit the site at the link below and try any of the available games; better yet, load a ROM into your Dropbox account and play it. WebNES was made during the 2014 PennApps hackathon and while it’s a giant step forward for anyone looking to keep their iPhone in factory mode while playing some old school Nintendo games, it is far from perfect. You won’t be able to run the games at full speed, and some of them are quite slow. Additionally, if you want sound, you have to plug in some earphones.

Still, for now at least it’s better than nothing.

[ WebNES ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Nintendo Controller Rings FTW

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If you “intendo” to get serious-o with your significant other, then you might want to present her with this Nintendo Controller promise ring. Fancy gems? Check. Unique design? Check. Gamer-approved? Check, check, and check!

The ring was designed by Paul Michael Designs, who have cleverly dubbed their design as the “Intendo.” With gemstone buttons, a gold D-Pad, and silver “wire” that goes round and round your lovely lady’s finger, I doubt she’d turn you down. Just make sure you follow through and go for the ultimate level-up in your relationship: marriage.

VIA [ Fashionably Geek ]

Baths Get a Level Up With Nintendo and Game Boy Cartridge Soaps

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Bath time just got infinitely better for kids and kids-at-heart! Soaps modeled after Super Nintendo and Game Boy cartridges are now available from Firebox. At first glance, they look like the real thing, but you’ll be able to tell the difference with one touch because obviously soap feels different than plastic.

They’re available in a bunch of different titles, but they all come with an invigorating energy citrus scent.

For Super Nintendo, the following titles are available: Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter II Turbo, Super Mario Kart, and The Legend of Zelda.
For Game Boy, the following titles are available: Earthworm Jim, Kirby’s Dreamland, Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red, Super Mario Land, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda.

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Miniature Nintendo Cartridge Jewelry that Gamers Will Adore

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You don’t have to be a gamer to appreciate this awesome set of jewelry that’s fashioned after Nintendo’s game cartridges. These customized trinkets by Etsy seller Jess aka ohmygeekness are available in either gray or gold in the game of your choice. Just make sure you choose the right colored cartridge for the game that you want. I’m sure Jess will oblige with whatever color you prefer, although you’ll have to suffer the wrath of true blue gamers who won’t easily forgive your intentional faux pas.

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All Game for Easter: Super Mario Nintendo Easter Eggs

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Easter is fast approaching. Religious significance aside, it’s time to break out your brushes and pots of paint once more because it’s time to design those Easter eggs! Instructables user Imnopeas got a headstart on everyone else by doing her eggs early this year for her son, and they turned out great. I think it’s safe to assume that her kid’s a gamer from the looks of these eggs.

In case you’re out of ideas and want to copy her idea, you’re in luck because she’s shared the details of the project on Instructables.

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Nintendo To Release Wii Mini In Canada For $99, Loses Some Features

A few days ago Nintendo released the Wii U, and already the company announced sales of 400,000 units in the first week. Good on Nintendo, considering how late the other console makers are in releasing a new generation device. But like make gadgets, when a new one comes out, the old ones get a price drop. In this case, lucky Canadians will be able to purchase a much smaller version of the Wii, called the Wii Mini, which comes in matte black and red for $99. It is fully compatible with all 1,400+ titles, all the accessories like the WiiFit Balance Board and comes packaged with a red Wiimote and nunchuck. However, it features a manual top-loading disc tray, making it impossible to place on its side. But that’s not the missing feature. The problem is that the console loses all Internet connectivity and compatibility with Gamecube titles. Granted the Wii was never really known for its online features, but the Wii Mini really does just become a $99 Wii disc reader. Still, if you’re ok with barebones and like the new price, Best Buy Canada is already taking pre-orders for its December 7 launch. No word on whether this will be available elsewhere.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

This Steampunk Nintendo Case Mod Reminds Us That We Don’t Have Nice Things

That’s a sweet looking NES case mod, ain’t it? Well, you can’t have it. It was lovingly hand-made by redditor Andrew5785 for his cousin. It’s a one of a kind, and no one at OhGizmo knows anyone crafty enough to make a replica. Should I try, the likelihood of severing a digit is a non-negligible figure. But we can all look at pictures and wonder what it’s like to have an uncle that makes stuff like this.

These pictures, by the way, are after the break.

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Super Deluxe Mario R/C Cars

Super Deluxe Mario R/C Cars (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Brian Liszewski

RC toys based on the Mario Kart games have been around for a while now. But typically as very tiny versions, most suitable for racing on a desk. ThinkGeek has managed to get their hands on some much larger versions, but I raise an eyebrow when they refer to them as ‘Super Deluxe’.

They’re certainly the most detailed versions of Mario and Yoshi behind the wheel that I’ve ever seen. And you’d expect them to be pretty fast given the size of motor their scale allows for. But I’ve seen misbalanced washing machines make their way across a room faster than these do. Just check out ThinkGeek’s video of them in action.

And while it’s kind of cool to see real-life versions of both of these characters in a kart, racing them just isn’t the same without shells, banana peels and other power-ups. Particularly when they’re $119.99 each.

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