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SNES Classic

Set to be launched on September 29 for $79.99, the SNES Classic not only looks like its real-life counterpart, but offers 21 built-in games, including: Star Fox 2, Super Mario World, Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Street Fighter II Turbo. You'll also get two controller pads in the box, so you'll be able to enjoy the titles with a friend. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an elevator designed to go sideways.

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War Game Boy

The Nintendo Game Boy you see above belonged to a soldier during the Gulf War in 1990-91, and was damaged when a bomb hit the barracks he was staying in. Believe it or not, the game console still functions when plugged in, but it now perpetually runs Tetris at Nintendo World in New York City. Continue reading to view more things worn down by time. Click here for a few bonus images.

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HyperKin SmartBoy

HyperKin's SmartBoy started out as an April Fools' Day joke a while back, but now it has become a reality. It's currently compatible with Samsung smartphones that have a USB-Type C port, like the Galaxy S8, and it works with both Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges. Priced at $49.99, it's designed to look and feel like a real handheld gaming console. "The SmartBoy has been about two years in the making - three if you count the months we were kicking around the idea. From an April Fool's Joke, to a successful dev kit, and now an officially licensed device, that little guy has come a long way," said Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining how long humans could survive in space without a spacesuit.

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PlayStation Switch

The PlayStation Switch, also known as the PlayMan, shows what Sony's future portable game console could look like. Designed by Curved/Labs, this device works exactly like the Nintendo Switch, offering detachable joysticks and a standalone display. "The PlayMan won't be used in just two modes - handheld or TV docking station - but offers three possible fields of use. The device can either be connected to the TV via HDMI or, with attached controllers, be used as a handheld console. But furthermore a large, fully adjustable and above all robust joint allows for a comfortable solution to play while being out and about, without having to suffer from tired arms from holding up the weight of the whole handheld console," said the designers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SNES Switch

Andreas Wallin has always loved the Super Nintendo / Famicom, and when the Nintendo Switch came out, there was only one thing left to do, give it a retro makeover. He started by painting both of the Switch Joy-Con controllers, and then swapped out the standard buttons for the iconic multi-colored Super Nintendo buttons. "The internet is a great resource for modding. I've been following the Switch and the great mod/remix culture that it has started around it. So I followed a few articles and videos about what to do to pick the Joy-Cons apart," said Wallin. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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NES Car

Photo credit: Jennings Ford Direct

Ever wonder what video game consoles would look like as real cars? If so, then the crew at Jennings Ford Direct have just the vehicles for you, starting with the NES car. It retains the classic boxy shape, complete with controller port, cartridge slot windows, and gamepad buttons. Other consoles include: the Atari 2600, Game Boy Color, and Nintendo Switch. Continue reading to see them all.

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Retro TV Game Console

Imgur user "FinnAnderson" scooped up a vintage television found in a dumpster on the side of a street, and transformed it into a custom game console. It's powered by Raspberry Pi 3 running the RetroPie image, and can emulate most of the classic video game consoles, including the N64, PS1, and Dreamcast. A wireless XBOX controller receiver was added for multiplayer gaming during parties. When breaking news hits, you're able to switch into television mode, as a digital tuner was also integrated, complete with knob control. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

Professional video game system modder Ben Heck is at it again, and this time, he's managed to get the disc drive working on an extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype. For those unfamiliar with this console, it was basically planned to be launched as an add-on for the standard Super NES, as well as a stand-alone hybrid console. The standalone unit has the following connectors: Two SNES Gamepad ports, Cartridge slot, Dual-speed CD-ROM, AV RCA composite Stereo, S-Video, RFU DC OUT (similar to the PlayStation SCPH-1001), Nintendo proprietary Multi-out AV Connector (same as the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube), Headphone jack on the front, Serial Port labelled "NEXT" (probably for debugging) and one Expansion Port under the unit. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why guardrails are important in rally car races.

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Mario Bros. Bar

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real Super Mario Brothers-themed bar in Washington D.C., called "The Cherry Blossom Pub". The pop-up bar was set up by The Drink Company, and has been immensely successful to say the least. "Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year," said Derek Brown of The Drink Company. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images of awesome 90s game ads.

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Vega Game Console

Nintendo's Switch may still be the hottest ticket right now, but that could all change if other companies start releasing similar portable game consoles, such as the "Vega". In addition to the detachable tablet, this device boasts a modular design, enabling users to easily switch from joypads to speakers, and even number keys. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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