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TDK Revives The Boombox – Time To Stock Up On ‘D’ Sized Batteries!

TDK 3 Speaker Boombox (Image courtesy Uncrate)
By Andrew Liszewski

There have been a few attempts to revive the iconic 80’s ‘boombox’ over the years, and while TDK’s new 3 Speaker Boombox doesn’t look like something you’d find in a classic Run DMC video, it tastefully spans the gap between old and new aesthetics. Sound is delivered via a pair of 6-inch coaxial drivers and a high excursion 6-inch subwoofer, while a combination of touch screen and simple dial controls give the boombox a clean, uncluttered finish.

In lieu of a cassette slot, the boombox features USB, 3.5mm and auxiliary ports that let you connect your iPod, iPhone, media players or even a flash drive full of music. And it’s also able to charge your iDevices while playing music from them with an included Apple dock connector cable. But what I like best about TDK’s boombox refresh is that instead of being powered by a built-in rechargeable battery, it actually has a compartment on the back for holding 12 ‘D’ sized batteries which is totally old school. (It will of course will run off AC too.) Pricing and availability are TBA.

[ TDK 3 Speaker Boombox ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Simon Flash

Simon Flash (Images courtesy Pocket-lint)
By Andrew Liszewski

So it’s not really accurate to say that like Scrabble, Simon is the lastest Hasbro game to get the electronic treatment because Simon was actually one of the first electronic games on the market back in the 80’s. But this updated version called Simon Flash certainly expands what the original Simon was capable of. Not to mention making it far more portable.

Simon Flash is composed of 4 blocks that light up red, blue, yellow and green, and in addition to letting you play a traditional game of Simon where you repeat an ever expanding sequence of colors, the cubes include other game variants too. Like the classic peg-based game Mastermind, for example, where you work to figure out a secret color combination in a set number of moves. There’s no word on when Simon Flash might be available, but your safe bets are sometime in the Summer or just in time for the Christmas holidays.

[ Pocket-lint – Simon Flash hands-on ]

Incipio’s Rad Game Boy iPhone Case That Will Never See The Light Of Day

Incipio Game Boy iPhone Case (Image courtesy iLounge)
By Andrew Liszewski

iLounge came across this totally awesome Game Boy inspired iPhone 4 case at Incipio’s booth at CES last week, and I almost feel like a tease even bringing it to your attention since due to licensing issues the company has no plans to put it into production. The realistic looking buttons, 4-way controller and even speaker grill are basically just a means to show off the company’s design and production capabilities, and to break the hearts of retro gaming fanatics.

[ iLounge – Incipio shows Game Boy iPhone case, advanced designs ]

College Humor’s Forgotten 80’s Nintendo Games

By Andrew Liszewski

College Humor reminds us that not every single game available for the NES back in the day was a runaway hit like The Legend of Zelda or Mario Brothers. I never really got into the Rain Main or Dirty Dancing games, but playing the Dig-Dug clone Baby Jessica Well Rescue was always a good time.

[ College Humor – Forgotten 80’s Nintendo Games ] VIA [ Coudal ]

Now That’s What I Call MIDI – Volume 1 (Hopefully)

Now That's What I Call MIDI (Image courtesy Internet Archeology)
By Andrew Liszewski

A website called Internet Archeology has dedicated themselves to recovering and preserving the graphical artifacts of the early internet in order to better understand and appreciate the birth of the internet culture. And while their efforts have so far focused on graphics and imagery, they’ve recently created a Kickstarter project to attempt to preserve a bit of early internet audio in the form of a vinyl record featuring MIDI versions of hit songs from the 90’s.

They’re trying to raise just $2,500 in order to press 500 limited edition copies of the record which will include 16 songs from the likes of the Backstreet Boys, Blink 182, Nirvana and even Jay-Z. You can reserve your own copy of Now That’s What I Call MIDI with a pledge of just $25, while $40 gets you 2 copies and $150 get’s you 10 copies if you want to get next year’s Christmas shopping done really, really, really early.

[ Kickstarter – Now That’s What I Call Midi ] VIA [ Internet Archeology ] VIA [ PSFK ]

[ Internet Archeology ]

Laser-Etched Bamboo Mario Sprite Set

Laser-Etched Bamboo Mario Sprite Set (Images courtesy Etsy)
By Andrew Liszewski

Magnetic poetry? Screw that! Here’s a cooler way to decorate your fridge/filing cabinet/anything a neodymium magnet will stick to. From Etsy seller Aristomatic comes these sets of laser-etched bamboo magnets that are designed to look like sprites from the original NES version of Super Mario Brothers. Everything from boring old ground blocks to pipes and piranha plants are included, letting you recreate a favorite level, or just go all Shigeru Miyamoto-style and design your own! The large set pictured above will set you back $150, but Aristomatic also has a couple of smaller sets available for about $45-$50 if Christmas shopping has left your credit card maxed out.

[ Super Mario Brothers Sprite Magnets, Bamboo Large Set ] VIA [ The UberReview ]

LOAD ”A Sneak Peek At The Commodore 64x” ,8,1

Commodore 64x (Images courtesy Commodore USA)

Like myself, I’m pretty sure the first foray into personal computers for a lot of you was the Commodore 64. But if it wasn’t, and you’ve wondered why so many people are fond of that brownish, taupe over-sized keyboard, now’s your chance to experience it for yourself. Commodore USA has just posted a collection of specs and photos of their new Commodore 64x, which is an updated version of the original.

The new C64x however is a fully functioning PC as we know it today, with a mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a Dual Core 525 Atom processor, an NVIDIA Ion2 graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM expandable to 4, a Blu-ray drive and all the ports and connectors we’ve come to expect. It’s also got Cherry brand key switches so the keyboard feels like those beloved IBM keyboards of yesteryear. But most important of all, the C64x lets you boot into an authentic Commodore 64 emulator for loading classic titles. How I’ve managed to live all these years without access to Print Shop Deluxe is beyond me.

[ Commodore USA – Commodore 64x ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

SNK Releasing A PS3 Compatible USB Version Of Their NEOGEO Gamepad

SNK NEOGEO Gamepad For PS3 (Image courtesy SNK)
By Andrew Liszewski

In order to let PS3 owners enjoy classes NEOGEO titles to their fullest extent, SNK is releasing a USB-equipped, Playstation-branded version of the original console’s classic controller. I never owned a NEOGEO, but according to ALBOTAS its controller featured the disc-shaped control stick pictured above which activated four micro-switches, instead of the more traditional D-pad that was popular at that time. It worked though, and apparently there is still a demand for it or SNK wouldn’t have created this modern update. It will be available in Japan starting December 9 for ~$37 (¥3,129) but those living elsewhere can snag one from Play-Asia for $44.90.


Reminder: Win An EOS Mixtape Watch!

EOS Mixtape Watch (Image property OhGizmo!)By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re just tuning in, thanks to our friends at Shop Adorn we’re giving away an awesomely retro EOS Mixtape watch. The contest runs until midnight on Sunday December 12, 2010, and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the original contest post. (Not here! In fact you can’t because I’ve just disabled comments for this post.)

Remember, if you’ve already entered you’re welcome to add a new comment every day to boost your chances of winning. And if the black on black motif of the Mixtape seen in our hands-on look isn’t ringing your bells, Shop Adorn is actually letting the winner choose the finish they’d like. So really you have no reasons to let this opportunity slip through your fingers.

So go leave a comment! Or another one! -> Hands-On With The EOS Mixtape Watch & Another Contest! Enter For Your Chance To Win Your Very Own Retro Timepiece!