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Glock NES Zapper

Photo credit: Precision Syndicate via Mashable

Most gamers know that the original NES Zapper, released in 1984 (Japan) / 1985 (US), is a light gun that allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. Texas-based machine prototyping company Precision Syndicate created one using a glock pistol. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Nintendo M82

The Nintendo M82 was a essentially a demon unit for stores that allowed customers to try several games before purchasing them. Officially called the "M82 Game Selectable Working Product Display," it could hold 12 game cartridges, and can be selected by pressing buttons next to the desired title. The play time could also be set: 30-seconds, 3-minutes, 6-minutes or 128 minutes. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photos.

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Game Boy Hacked

Thanks to Raspberry Pi, this modder was able to hack an original Nintendo Game Boy into a multi-platform machine, capable of playing just about any classic title. That's right, running software known as "Emulation Station," this Pi-powered creation runs NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. games, complete with makeshift shoulder triggers, while additional the X and Y buttons were sourced from an old Super Nintendo controller. After some re-soldering and dremeling, a functional SD to Micro SD adapter was added inside the system. Plus, these mods also give it USB charging for added convenience. Continue reading for a video of a functional game console made from an Altoids tin.

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N64 PC Mod

A modder who goes by "Istartedthewar" has used an old N64 to create a fully-functional home theater PC. That's right, it looks just like a standard game console on the outside, but once you look in the back and / or remove its cover, you'll see all of the hardware components. It features an A10-7850k processor, 8GB of DDR3 2400MHz AMD Radeon RAM, a 128GB SSD and 150W Pico PSU. Continue reading for more pictures.

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24K Gold Nintendo

Limited to just 10-units worldwide, the 24K Gold Analogue NT is completely handcrafted, and compatible with NES, Famicom, and even Famicon Disk System cartridges. For those who prefer to relive the classics in high-definition and with no lag, a separate $79 internal HDMI upgrade can be purchased. Each system will also come bundled with a gold-colored 1986 Zelda cartridge. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what's actually inside a rattlesnake's tail.

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Nintendo NX Controller

It's only a matter of time until Nintendo officially reveals the NX, but for now, we'll have to settle for these purported controller shots. A few years back, rumors swirled that Nintendo partnered with Sharp to use its free-form LCD display technology, and the design appears to make use of this new screen. Nintendo's patent for this controller shows two physical joysticks, and two buttons to be pressed by the index fingers on top of the screen. 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 crazy powerline arcing phase to phase.

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Modern Game Boy

If Nintendo released a modern tribute to the classic Game Boy, it would probably look something like Florian Renner's creation. Taking another look at his incredible design, we see that the classic button layout has been retained, along with the top-loading game cartridge slot. "The project target was to keep the catchy elements of the original and adapt them to the functions and requirements of current games. In addition to the existing materiality, there is a variation from sustainable natural fiber reinforced plastic," said Renner. 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 Kylo Ren being inserted into random famous TV shows and movies.

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FreezerBoy Refrigerator Game Boy Magnets

FreezerBoy Refrigerator Magnets literally turn your fridge, or other home appliances, into a massive Game Boy, albeit one that doesn't work. "Available for fridges of all sizes, this magnet set transforms your kitchen into a vintage geek shrine. These magnets turn your fridge into a giant gaming system, ready to have it's button's pushed. Give a few taps on the D-pad along with a few jabs on the A button and you'll be ready to crack open that freezer in search of a few frosty beverages," according to the product page. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of British road rage at its finest.

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Game Boy Macro

Have a broken Nintendo DS just collecting dust? Then it may be time to transform it into a Game Boy Macro. It's essentially a DS modded to run without a top screen, and when paired with a nice looking outer shell, it becomes a whole new console, similar to the Game Boy Advance. For those wondering why there's a black border, the modded console creates this to maintain the same aspect ratio/resolution of a Game Boy Advance. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a three part tutorial video series on how to make your own.

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Nintendo 3DS Windows 95

Sure, you can argue that there really is no practical reason to have Windows 95 running on a new Nintendo 3DS XL, but it's definitely a conversation starter. Back a while ago, I tried compiling the dosbox from libretro, and using retroarch to emulate dosbox. Yet, every time, it froze on a rainbow glitchy mess. So, I gave up for a while. Until tonight. So, I tried it on my n3ds, and it just worked. "So, I think the o3ds just isn't powerful enough to run dosbox, or there's not enough ram. So, that's how this all got started. At its core, this is just libretro/retroarch dosbox. But I figured, hey, everyone wants Windows on their 3DS, right?," said Shutterbug2000 on the GBATemp forum. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hoverboard unboxing that results in an unexpected fire.

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