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Giant NES Controller


Forget the NES Classic, Ultimate Customs has created a giant, wireless NES controller with a fully-functional cartridge slot in which they use to play Duck Hunt / Super Mario Bros. (hybrid cartridge). Even though it doesn't have 30 built-in games, you'll be able to play any cartridge in Nintendo's vast library, including the Game Genie add-on. In related news, did you know that Nintendo entered into negotiations with Atari to release the Famicom under Atari's name as the name Nintendo Advanced Video Gaming System? That's right, the deal was set to be finalized and signed at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in June 1983. However, Atari discovered at that show that its competitor Coleco was illegally demonstrating its Coleco Adam computer with Nintendo's Donkey Kong game. This violation of Atari's exclusive license with Nintendo to publish the game for its own computer systems delayed the implementation of Nintendo's game console marketing contract with Atari. 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 a mesmerizing chain link fence machine.

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NES Classic Edition Buy

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Nintendo's NES Classic Edition just may be the hottest gadget this holiday season, and the entire first batch was sold out within minutes of going live. If you weren't one of the lucky few, forget paying $60 for the mini-sized console, which comes loaded 30 classic NES games, as scalpers are getting bids in excess of $1,200 online. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus hands-on images.

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NES Classic Edition

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The NES Classic Edition may have not hit stores yet, but a few lucky gamers managed to get their hands on production units. Just to recap, the system comes bundled with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, one NES Classic Controller, and all 30 games - including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mega Man 2 - installed and ready-to-play. Continue reading for a full hands-on unboxing video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. ('How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?' you might ask yourself.)

If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day.

The original Power Line was a beloved service in the '80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks.

In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. You never know what you might learn!

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NES Nintendo Switch

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Without even getting into the games and accessories, Nintendo has plenty of opportunities to cash in on its upcoming Switch console, with limited edition bundles. First up, we have an NES-themed design, complete with button colors that match its classic counterpart, along with a vent-filled charging dock. Who knows? Nintendo may actually let customers design their own using a special configurator. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Previously known as the NX, the Nintendo Switch has officially been unveiled, and it's a doozy. This console can be used as both a portable and living room, complete with high-def display that undocks from its TV-connected charger. A Joy-Con, or the two sides of the normal controller, also snap out, can also be removed to serve as separate, more basic controllers for multiplayer games. It's powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and so far, 48 software companies have pledged support. Expect this to hit stores in March 2017 - pricing yet to be announced. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video detailing five things you should know, and additional information.

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Pokemon BMW i8

Just when you thought the Pokemon craze couldn't get anymore ridiculous, one fan in Florida, decided to create a unique supercar based on the game. Called "Pokemon Hunter", this BMW i8 was wrapped by Miami-based Instagram user @serge_paramount, and it's used to catch Pokemon Go creatures all over South Beach. Veluxity Luxury Services tried to get some reactions from people, and recorded everything on video fro the world to see. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the world's most dangerous path.

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Pikachu Pokeball

Terrariums are basically sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. Texas-based artist Lauren has created Pokeball versions of these sealable glass containers, complete with Pokemon toy characters inside them. "Sorry if they are all sold out - I cant can't keep up with the demand. I sell out instantly right after uploading them," said Lauren. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus Pokeball terrariums.

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Nintendo Zapper Glock

The NES Zapper, an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Japanese Famicom, allowed 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. This gamer created a NES Zapper-inspired glock, and used it to play Duck Hunt in real-life, or at least his own version of it. 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 Hurricane Matthew, as seen from the International Space Station.

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Super Mario AirBnB

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Always wanted to visit the Mushroom Kingdom? Well, one apartment room rental on AirBnB is as close as you'll probably get, or at least until Nintendo decides to open their own theme park. Located in Lisbon, Portugal, computer programmer Andre Farinha spent $11,100 transforming a normal room into the ultimate Super Mario Bros. fantasy suite. Featuring themed walls, a Mario bedspread, two Nintendo 3DS devices (one in the bathroom), a Wii kiosk and 20 games. "Nintendo has many other brands, artists and movies that were a part of my childhoodThe '80s and early '90s are a part of my everyday life. I wanted the apartment to reflect that," said Farinha. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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NES Classic Edition

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The NES Classic Edition may be a palm-sized replica of the original, but this version comes pre-loaded with 30 classic games, all for $59.99, when released in November. The system features HDMI display output and a new replica controller, which can also connect to the Wii remote for use with Virtual Console games. Unlike the North American / European models, the controllers for the Japanese version are hardwired into the console just like the original Nintendo Famicom; because of this, the controllers and connecting cables are also mini and shortened respectively. Click here for a few more hands-on images of the NES Classic Edition. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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