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Nintendo Controller Rings FTW

Nintendo Controller Promise Ring


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

NES Cartridge Soap

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

Nintendo Cartridge

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

Nintendo Mario Easter Eggs

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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Cyber Control Pad Covers For The 3DS

Cyber Control Pad Covers For The 3DS (Images courtesy Cyber Gadget)
By Andrew Liszewski

Do you always find your thumb sliding off the Nintendo 3DS’ analog control stick during an intense gaming session? Of course you don’t! But Cyber Gadget still wants to sell you this set of add-on covers that supposedly add a bit of extra grip to the 3DS’ sliding analog control stick. Available in 3 colors, presumably to match the color options of the 3DS itself, the pads appear to mimic the finishes of the analog sticks on the Xbox, PS3 and even the PSP. And since I’m assuming the 3DS’ clamshell design won’t close with this attached, it includes a strap holder so it can dangle off the side.

Available 5 days from now on July 30, though pricing information has not been specified just yet. They’ve got plenty of time though right?

[ Cyber Sliding Pad Covers For The 3DS ] VIA [ Tiny Cartridge ]

Nintendo Reveals WiiU, Only Shows Off Its New Touchscreen Controller (Updated)

Nintendo WiiU (Images courtesy Nintendo)
By Andrew Liszewski

So far E3 hasn’t brought much in terms of major news or announcements. But this morning Nintendo provided a bit of a sneak peek at the upcoming successor to the Wii, which unfortunately isn’t going to be available until 2012. The WiiU is its official moniker, and while Nintendo revealed virtually nothing about the console itself in terms of tech specs or even how it will look, they did show a few samples of its graphic capabilities, which at this point are considerably more advanced than the Wii. But it’s not a hard act to follow in that regard.

Nintendo WiiU (Images courtesy Nintendo)

They did however spill the beans on the WiiU’s new controller, which confirms rumors over the past month that it will include a touchscreen display. It does indeed, a 6.2-inch one to be exact, that can mirror gameplay seen on a TV screen, or show independent gaming elements like items screens, maps, scopes and I’m sure a million other ideas no one’s thought of yet. As a controller it’s got a couple of analog control sticks, a 4-way directional pad mirrored with individual A, B, X & Y buttons on the other side, as well as shoulder buttons and z-trigger buttons on the back. It also sports a front facing camera, and other modern gaming features like rumble and gyroscope-based motion controls.

When the TV is being used the WiiU controller will still let you play your games, serving as a handheld alternate display as images from the new console are wirelessly streamed to it. (Presumably without a hint of lag.) While it’s not designed to be a portable gaming system like the 3DS, it apparently can still be used like one when in proximity of the console. And even though the official reveal of everything the WiiU has to offer is still a while away, Nintendo will have a series of technology demos at their E3 booth showing unique ways the new controller can be used.

Update: It looks like Nintendo has provided a few images of what the WiiU console actually looks like. As well as a few tech spec snippets including the fact it will use a custom 45nm IBM processor, has full 1080P support, can access and store content on external storage devices like a hard drive connected to one of four USB ports and will still use optical discs as a game medium. And of course it’s fully backwards compatible with the original Wii, including use of the motion controllers.

Nintendo WiiU (Image courtesy Nintendo)

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