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Bubble Palace

This started as a Wii Pro controller, but after tons of work, it became a portable retro game console that can emulate all the classic titles you can imagine, even the N64. Breaking down the components, the console features a Raspberry Pi 3 running RetroPie image, two rechargeable 3400mAh Li-Ion batteries, a 5-inch (800x480) display, HDMI output, stereo speakers, headphone jack with volume control, power/charging indicator lights, and a microprocessor to read button states and act as a joystick. Continue reading to see the entire build process from beginning to end.

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SNES Micro

Raspberry Pi is popular among gaming enthusiasts because it's literally a mini computer that can be used to create portable game consoles. Hugo Doris has been following the modding scene for a while, and decided to create the SNES Micro, or what some are calling the world's smallest Super Nintendo. The outer shell is hand-crafted from clay, while the motherboard was carefully placed inside and secured with hot glue. It may not have all the bells and whistles the classic, but none of those easily fit in your pocket. Continue reading to see a Raspberry Pi Zero-powered Game Boy.

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Retro-Bit Retro Duo

The Retro-Bit Retro Duo Twin can play all Super Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System cartridges, just like on the original consoles, all for $38.50 shipped, today only, originally $59.99. The sleek and slim design saves you space, while specially placed vents ensure that your trip down memory lane is one way, with no stops or delays due to an overheated system. The RetroDuo even works with imports from Japan, and will accept all 16-bit controllers, and is specially designed to hold your cartridges firmly in place. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.

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Super Mario Run

Nintendo revealed Super Mario Run today at the Apple iPhone event, and it's essentially an upcoming side-scrolling, endless runner platformer video game developed for mobile phones. It's scheduled for release first on iOS in December 2016, and for Android at a later date. The player controls Mario as he automatically runs from left to right. The player must tap the touch screen to make Mario jump. The longer players touch the screen, the higher Mario jumps. Similar to other side-scrolling Super Mario games, the player must maneuver Mario over gaps, onto enemies, and into coins, with the end goal being for the player to safely get Mario through the level in the fastest time possible. Continue reading for an in-depth video explaining all of the modes.

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Pokemon Burgers

Down N' Out, a restaurant in Sydney, Australia, run by a group called Hashtag Burgers, have debuted three Pokemon-themed burgers. Starting this week, Pokemon fanatics will be served either a Pikachu, Charmander or Bulbasaur burger when they order a Pokeburger from the restaurant. "The burgers' flavors have been designed to match each Pokemon's look and personality. Charmander is a bit spicy and has orange lava cheese. Pikachu we wanted to be a bit silly. It's a classic burger with a twist. The restaurant has stuffed it with Tiger Fries, french fries covered in cheese, onions and a Thousand Island-style spread," said Ben Kagan, creative director for Hashtag Burgers, to CNBC. Continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Pokemon Go Stampede Taiwan

Pokemon Go may be cooling off here stateside, but players overseas are still going crazy trying to catch them all, especially Snorlax which appeared in Taipei near Beitou Park. News sources say that the Xinbeitou area is now a hot spot for "thousands" of players looking to get their hands on a variety of rare Pokemon that pop-up from time to time. Continue reading for a video showing people going crazy looking for Charizard in Central Park, NYC.

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Analogue NT Mini

Similar to its predecessor, the Analogue NT Mini is crafted from a solid block of aluminum and plays all of your classic NES / Famicom game cartridges. With Retro Receiver technology, you can enjoy games with a lag-free wireless controller, and in 1080p, thanks to HDMI output and up-scaling. Continue reading for a Contra gameplay video, more pictures and additional information.

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Pokemon Uranium

Pokemon Uranium is basically an entirely fan-made Pokemon game that was in development for nine years. It adds 150 new species of Pokemon, along with a new region, and similar to the official games, Uranium contains both online trading and online battling. Now on to the bad news, despite 1.5-million downloads, its creators have pulled the game out of respect for Nintendo. With that said, the video above should give you an idea of just how robust it really was. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of synchronized wind tunnel flyers.

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NESPi Mini Nes

Photo credit: Daft Mike

Raspberry Pi 3 is popular among computer enthusiasts, but this is the first portable game console project we've seen that actually takes cartridges. Meet the NESPi, a palm-sized, 3D-printed NES console that even comes with its very own matching controller. "To make the case as compact as possible, I scaled down the real NES dimensions to 40% of actual size. This gave me just about enough room for the Pi to sit transverse, USB and network ports on the left, power and HDMI at the back. I could make a cut-out for the microSD card and would relocate two of the USB ports to the front where the controllers would be on a real NES," said creator Daft Mike. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Snorlax Bean Bag

ThinkGeek has done it again, and this time, they've created a giant Snorlax Bean Bag Chair. Measuring 4 feet head to toe and over 2 feet across, this comfy accessory is perfect for any room, and great for naps, or just lounging around, training your characters in Pokemon Go. However, we don't recommend bringing this to your favorite coffee shop or park, as it may not fit inside standard washing machines. It'll set you back $149.99 when released this December. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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