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Custom Portable N64

Sure, there's third-party consoles, like the Hyperkin SupaBoy S, but for a truly portable N64, you'll have to build it yourself, like these modders. First up, we have the JN64p, which was created by "Downing Basement". "So this is a more basic system which does not include a breakout box which means this will be a strictly portable, single player system. It will include an expansion pak and built in memory card, but will be a much easier build on the whole not having to worry about the those additional features. All the rough 3D printed parts are done, so the case work can begin as soon as I have a few free minutes," said its creator. Continue reading for more.

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Nintendo Switch Arcade

The Nintendo Switch is great on-the-go or docked to a larger display, and if the latter is your preference, then you might want to check out this DIY full-size arcade machine of sorts. To build your own, you'll need two MDF boards (4' x 8'), 24' of pine molding / dowels, a sheet of acrylic (18" x 24"), a pair of cabinet hinges (full overlay, 1/2") with installation, an assortment of screws (esp. 1" wood screws), wood glue, drywall putty / spackling, non-water-based paint & primer, painter's tape, and black poster board. On the technical side, you'll of course need a Switch console with dock, an 18" - 24" display, two NES30 Arcade Stick controllers, an 18" LED light fixture, and a 4.5 cubic ft. mini fridge. Continue reading to see more awesome custom arcade cabinets.

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SNES Classic Stock

The SNES Classic may have been released in late September, but ever since then, it has been sold out both online and in-stores, that is unless...you make your way to brick and mortar Best Buy stores tomorrow morning. If you don't mind paying nearly double the cost, there's always auction sites and Craigslist. "The Super NES Classic Edition will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Our stores will offer a ticketing process before we open for customers waiting in line - the same ticketing process we'll offer for the Saturday doorbuster deals. We will only pass out as many tickets as we have systems available, with a limit of one per customer. Super NES Classic Edition will not be available on BestBuy.com," said the company. Continue reading for teardown and in-depth review videos.

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Super Pi Boy

Forget the Switch, the Super Pi Boy is basically a portable retro gaming console built around the Raspberry Pi 3, meaning it can run a wide variety of emulators, everything from the first Atari console to the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64. Featuring a 3.5" TFT display (320 x 480), a built-in speaker, headphone jack, full-size HDMI port for playing on the big screen, four USB ports for connecting extra controllers, and even a glowing power button. The device, made by Rasmus Hauschild, is charged via microUSB at the bottom. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an industrial hydraulic press crushing a high-speed camera.

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DOOM Nintendo Switch

ID Software's DOOM hits the Nintendo Switch tomorrow, and so far, it could be the greatest FPS to hit a portable game console yet, and Prime members (free 30-day trial) can pre-order it for $47.90 shipped, today only. Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Death match, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat. Product page. Continue reading for over 1-hour of gameplay footage and more information.

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MariFlow Mario Kart AI


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe may be fun to play on the Nintendo Switch, but this takes racing to the next level. Seth Bling is a programmer who has an affinity for Mario games as well as artificial intelligence. So, he decided to combine these two to create MariFlow, a neural network that has been designed to play Super Mario Kart. To train the AI, it was shown 15 hours of video of his father's play style, and at the end, it managed to to win gold in the 50cc Mushroom Cup. When the network got into tricky situations, Seth took over the controls to help teach the AI on how they should be tackled. 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 the lava lamps that help keep the internet secure.

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Portable Nintendo GameCube


Hyperkin's SupaBoy S is nice, but this takes things to the next level. A gamer known as "AkiraModz" in the online modding community has created a portable Nintendo GameCube, called The Varia Cube, and it's a doozy. The case itself was handcrafted from a Nintendo GameCube ASCII keyboard and then painted in a Samus Aran Varia Suit-inspired paint scheme. Inside, you'll find an original GameCube (PAL) motherboard, a heatsink with custom fan, and a 7" LCD display. Other features include: original Nintendo controls / sticks, N64 joystick caps, a DS Lite directional pad, and a strong rumble feedback motor. The console runs Swiss software that can force any game into 480P and use a widescreen hack to force 16:9 (non-stretched) for the correct ratio. Its 6400 mAh batteries (4 x Panasonic 3400 mAh 18650) are good for 2.5-hours of continuous gameplay and 4 LEDs show just how much power is left. 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 three brand new colors that scientists have discovered.

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The Nintendo Switch is a great console, but for those who prefer playing real N64 games without emulation, there's this portable N64, created by none other than Ben Heck. "To assemble the battery board, he takes a PCB and makes marks on back of it to indicate where the 3D printed fan assembly is. He uses the empty space to rebuild the power circuitry. He places four 3.7 volt cells on top of the unit. Ben goes with a 5" PlayStation 1 LCD, ironically because of his history with the Nintendo PlayStation Prototype. Sony probably liked 7.4 V because they were an early adopter of Li-Ion which scales in multiples of 3.4 V. The screen has an audio amplifier built into it," according to Element 14. 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 showing what's actually inside the iPhone X.

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Monopoly Gamer

Monopoly Gamer features characters from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series, and it's being offered for just $19.79, this weekend only. originally $24.99. Instead of standard Monopoly tokens, the Monopoly Gamer edition features Super Mario characters, each with their own unique powers. Buy property, pay rent and battle for points! The game ends when Bowser has been defeated. Player with the highest score win. In Party Mode, each player can create a team of up to 3 Character tokens, swapping them in and out as they play. Product page. Continue reading for a video showing how to play and more information.

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Zelda Encyclopedia

The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition looks like a giant NES cartridge, and you're able to pre-order one today for $47.99 shipped. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it. Pre-order here now. Continue reading for two more pictures and additional infinformation.

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