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Nintendo Game Boy GBA SP Arcade Tabletop

Nintendo Game Boy GBA SP Arcade Tabletop (Images courtesy Toy And Television Games)
By Andrew Liszewski

The good people at Toy and Television Games have just announced their flagship launch product, the Nintendo Game Boy GBA SP Arcade Tabletop, which leaves me with exactly two pressing questions:

1. There’s consumer demand for a GBA SP permanently attached to an Acacia wood and American steel dock that took 300+ hours to design and build and features an arcade joystick and buttons?
2. If consumers have demanded such a product, they’re also willing to pay $399 for it?

Given the auction for serial #001 appears to have been originally posted on June 7, I’m assuming the answer to both of those questions so far is no. Even though the seller excitedly proclaims: “We hope to build hundreds of these over the coming years…”

[ eBay – Nintendo Game Boy GBA SP Arcade Tabletop ] VIA [ ]

iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case

iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case (Images courtesy iPWN!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking to give your iPhone 4 the retro Game Boy look there are countless companies selling vinyl stickers that simply adhere to its smooth glass back. But not everyone is so great at applying decals, and even the tiniest of bubbles can wreck the effect. So as an alternative you might want to consider this snap-on iPhone 4 case from iPWN!. At no point do they refer to it as being an homage to Nintendo’s Game Boy, probably to keep their lawyers at bay, but it’s pretty hard to mistake the look they’re going for.

The thin, plastic case is made using IML or ‘in mold labeling’ technology so that the graphics are protected by 3 different layers preventing them from fading or being damaged by moisture. And they’re just $16.99 each, though at the moment you’ll have to settle for a pre-order as apparently the cases are so popular they’re currently on back order.

[ iPWN! iPhone 4 Game Boy Case ] VIA [ Fancy ]

HipstaCase Makes Your iPhone Retro Too

Hipstamatic HipstaCase (Images courtesy Hipstamatic)
By Andrew Liszewski

Your Flickr feed might be chock full of retro-looking snapshots, but I’m afraid you just don’t look the part when you’re out there taking photos with your high-tech looking iPhone 4. So the makers of the Hipstamatic iPhone app have created an official HipstaCase that makes your iPhone look a little more like a retro film camera.

But it’s not just about looks. The case is semi-functional too since it features a hidden slot on the front allowing you to attach an included tripod adapter. There’s even a set of holes on either side of the bottom allowing you to use an included lanyard and keep your phone dangling from your wrist, ready to snap a hipstery photo at a moment’s notice. Available May 5 for $39.95.

[ Hipstamatic HipstaCase ] VIA [ Pocket-lint ]


NES in a Cartridge (Image courtesy Instructables)
By Andrew Liszewski

You can say what you want about cartridge-based consoles, but I’d like to see someone cram an Xbox 360 or a PS3 into a DVD one day. Inspired by Ben Heck’s creations and a modder named Kotomi, Instructables contributor dany32412 used an ‘NES on a chip’ (NOAC) harvested from a Chinese Famicom knockoff to create his own retro homage to 80’s gaming. And what’s an electronic homebrew creation these days without an Arduino mixed in there somewhere, so here one is used to interface the standard NES controllers with the NOAC. It doesn’t look like the easiest mod for a novice, but his Instructable provides enough steps and instructions for an experienced modder to build their own.

[ Instructables – NES in a Cartridge ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Real-Life Tron Lightcycle Guys Build A Grown-Up Sized Green Machine

Grown-Up Green Machine (Image courtesy Parker Brothers Custom Choppers)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you remember our post about the $55k real-life Tron Lightcycle, then you’re probably already aware that Parker Brothers Custom Choppers have a thing for creating unique rides. Their latest creation is a full-sized version of the classic Green Machine ride-on toy, that forgoes pedal power for an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson Evo engine.

Longtime readers might remember a post about the Green Machine way back in 2007 as Huffy created an updated version of the toy, though it was still designed primarily for children. Thankfully the Parker Brothers decided kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so their version of the Green Machine also features in intimidating 45-inch front wheel, rear-wheel steering like the original, and has managed to reach 50mph in their testing. Sadly because of the rear tires their version isn’t DOT approved, so don’t expect to be placing orders for one anytime soon.

[ Wired Autopia – Green Machine Is a Big Wheel for Grownups ] VIA [ Autoblog ]

Play Your Favorite Classic Handheld Games From The Comfort Of Your Browser

Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr. (Image courtesy Pica Pic)
By Andrew Liszewski

If March Madness isn’t already gobbling up most of your free time, I’ve found something that will. As long as you still hold a candle for the segmented LCD handheld games of the 80’s & 90’s. Created by someone calling themselves Hipopotam, Pica Pic is an interactive website showcasing their collection of old-school electronic games. But it’s not just a gallery of photos that would maybe kill a half an hour. No, these are fully playable versions of each game lovingly recreated in flash. (Finally, a reason to love like not hate flash!)

They’ve gone as far as to remap the controllers and buttons for every game to keys on your keyboard, and of the 19 obscure titles available there are a few that are recognizable including Donkey Kong Jr. pictured above and a Tiger Electronics version of the The Terminator that I found pretty confusing. There’s even a Game & Watch multi-screen version of Zelda that’s unfortunately not playable just yet, but will have me checking back in the near future as I really want to give it a go.

[ Pica Pic – Hipopotam’s Digitalised Collection Of Handheld Electronic Games ] VIA [ Notcot ]

FujiFilm’s Retro-rrific FinePix X100 Officially Priced And Dated

FujiFilm FinePix X100 (Image courtesy FujiFilm)
By Andrew Liszewski

‘Tis the season for new camera announcements, and if you’ve drooled over the retro charms of Leica’s P&S digicams but scoffed at their price, FujiFilm might have an alternative for you. Their FinePix X100 will officially be available in our neck of the woods come March for $1,199.95, and while expensive, it’s still thousands of dollars cheaper than Leica’s offerings. But what does your grand+ get you? Well besides the magnesium alloy body and “leather-like” accents, the X100 boasts a 12.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a fixed non-swappable 23mm F2 lens and an ISO range of 200 to 6400, which can be expanded to 100 and up to 12,800 as needed.

Round back you’ll find a healthy 2.8-inch LCD display sporting a 1,440,000 dot high-res image for framing or reviewing shots, but that can be switched off in lieu of using the X100’s classic optical viewfinder. They can even be used together in a hybrid fashion for showing additional shooting data on the LCD whilst framing through the viewfinder. If video is important to you there’s an acceptable 720P ‘HD’ movie mode that can capture clips using the camera’s aperture-priority mode for pleasantly defocused backgrounds, and an HDMI Mini port allows you to connect it directly to a hi-def TV. And for you Hipstamatic lovers, the X100 even has FujiFilm’s ‘Film Simulation Modes’ which makes your photos look like they were shot with the company’s Velvia, PROVIA and ASTIA color reversal film stocks.

[ PR – FUJIFILM Announces The FinePix X100 Premium Digital Camera Built By Photographers For Photographers ]

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 ]