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Tag Archives: Retro

Coleco To Release A New Console In 2016

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Are you old enough to remember ColecoVision? If you are, there’s a chance that playing retro games also tickles your cockles in a way that very few of the modern games do. We don’t know whether it’s the ingenious simplicity of a 2-D sidescroller, or the melancholic throwback to your youth that makes these games attractive, but Coleco is certainly hoping to cash in on the sentiment by announcing the release of the Coleco Chameleon. In a partnership with Retro Video Game Systems, the company plans to bring a new console that’ll play “20th-century 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit titles. There will also be brand new games with similar graphics available, too.” We don’t know how much it’ll cost, and the image you see is only a render, not the actual product, but by the time February comes around we should know more as the company plans to show off their product at the 2016 NY Toy Fair.

[ Gizmodo ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

Romain Jerome Releases $18,950 Super Mario Bros. Watch

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Romain Jerome is known to make some eye catching and obscenely expensive watches. Whether it’s a DeLorean themed watch with actual pieces of the car, its Moon Dust watch, containing dust from the moon, or the Titanic DNA watch, containing (you guessed it) actual pieces from the sunken ship, the timepieces always stand out. The same holds true of the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ watch, although it contains no parts of Mario, for obvious reasons. Released as a tribute to the game’s 30th anniversary, it will be produced in a limited run of 85 pieces, each fetching an eye watering $18,950. Made from PVD-coated back titanium, the 46mm case features a three-layer face meant to recreate the pixelated look of the seminal game.

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Side A’s Got the Party Mix: Cassette Shaped Coffee Table

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Pay homage to a part of your past and recall the awesomeness of the era of mix tapes with this cassette tape-shaped coffee table. The gigantic cassette tape sits atop custom made steel legs and is built with removable remote and bottle holders, cleverly positioned in cassette’s holes. The coolest part is probably the cassette’s label, which you can actually write on because that part is actually a white board. Neat huh?

The cassette tape coffee table was commissioned by Rob Ireland and built by Ross Langley. You can check out more photos here.

VIA [ TIWIB ]

Someone 3D Printed A Save Button

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I don’t want to live in this world anymore.

Ok, so maybe it’s a hoax. Maybe it’s real, and some kid just has no idea that the “save button” used to be an actual thing. Whatever the explanation is, one thing is certain: I’m old. If you saw the above and realized this scenario is, sadly, totally possible, then you too are old, my friend.

The “not wanting to live in this world” comment? That’s just age-related depression; it happens at 30, and that’s a fact.

Ok, moving on…

VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Make Some Kind Of Statement With Nintendo Drinking Flasks

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We’re not sure exactly what you’re trying to say if you go around taking sips of bourbon from a plastic NES cartridge, but it’s nice to know that you can, since Thinkgeek now sells these awesome 6oz flasks. Perhaps you want people to know you’re a fan of retro gaming, and of drinking, and that you’re the sort of person they’d totally want to hang out with because who doesn’t love a retro gaming drunk? Amirite? The best part are the names: “Drunk Hunt”, “Fine Ale Fantasy” (coming soon), and “The Legend of Drink”. Get it? They’re drinking/gaming puns… Yeah… ok, we’ll show ourselves out. But hey, if your interest is piqued, just know they’re $20 a pop.

Oh, and also, considering the design, it might be hard to take actual sips from this flask, so maybe you pour yourself a shot or two, ok? Ok.

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Waka Waka: A Pacman Piercing

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This is just too cool. There isn’t much to say, since the image kind of says it all. It’s a Pacman piercing, which could easily be expanded by simply adding more dots between the ghost and Pacman. This particular one was done by Precision Body Piercing in Marquette, MI (their Instagram).

VIA [ NoPuedoCreer ]

Get Random Video Games Every Month With My Retro Game Box

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Like the idea of receiving a random retro video game cartridge every month? Then you might want to check out My Retro Game Box. It’s an unusual subscription service that’ll parse through a library of games and send you an assortment that matches your gaming preferences (and works with whatever consoles you have.)

According to MRGB:
We have developed a system with full, emotional artificial intelligence, and named it Katy.* She will strike up a conversation with you via email after you subscribe, to find out what consoles you have, what games you already have in your collection, and what kind of games you detest. We want you to help us make good choices for you, but we draw the line at giving us a wish-list, otherwise it just isn’t a surprise.

Subscriptions start at £23.00 (for a month) for PAL systems and £65.00 (for 3 months) for NTSC systems.

[ MRGB ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Nanoarcade Is The World’s Smallest Arcade Machine

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The Nanoarcade isn’t the first small arcade cabinet we’ve seen, with the iCade having been introduced to the market around 5 years ago. But unlike that device, the Nanoarcade doesn’t require the use of an iPad; it’s a standalone miniaturized gaming cabinet that measures 1/10th the size of a normal arcade. It’s able to play any J2ME game, which are Java-based titles that were popular before the advent of iOS and Android. They may not be the most advanced or exciting games on the planet, but there are some good titles in there and their age may help recreate some of that old-school retro feel that arcade cabinets are supposed to evoke anyway. If you want to get yours, you’ll have to pledge an early bird $39, or if you miss that, $49.

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[ Kickstarter ] AND [ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Retro Gaming Still Kicking: RetroN 4 Multi-System Console Adds GBA, HDMI Capabilities

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If you grew up gaming and have a bunch of cartridges lying around, you may very well want to relive some of their former glory now and then. You can either pop them into their respective consoles, or you can grab the latest iteration from Hyperkin, the RetroN 4. Like the previous generation machine, it lets you play NES, SNES and Sega Genesis cartridges but also adds compatibility for Game Boy Advance. What’s more, there’s now an HDMI port so you can play on that big screen TV you just got.

When users boot up the machine, they will find the “Perdana” digital user interface which opens a wide variety of modern gaming features such as selecting systems, button reassignment and other features that will be named at the Midwest Gaming Classic. The console will also allow users to play both NTSC and PAL cartridges and will incorporate Bluetooth technology, with a completely new, redesigned wireless Bluetooth controller.

There’s no word on price, but the RetroN 3 used to cost $70 so we can’t imagine this will cost much more than that.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Technabob ]