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FreezerBoy Game Boy Magnets

FreezerBoy is perfect for gamers who've always wanted a giant Game Boy, as it's basically a set of 6 removable (dry-erase friendly) magnets that not only work on fridges, but other home appliances as well. In related news, did you know that Nintendo's Game Boy is the company's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series, which was introduced in 1980? It combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch, originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris. Get a set here now.

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NES Cartridge Hard Drive Mod

Photo credit: Cheesey24 / Imgur

Repurposing an old game cartridge isn't something new, but this is one of the first projects we've seen with a custom label. Imgur user "cheesey24" started with an old hard drive and a Championship Bowling cartridge, but gutting the latter wasn't the easiest of tasks. Since Nintendo uses custom screws, he had to make his own tool - using an old runner from a model kit and a lighter to mold it - before cracking open the case. After some dremeling, a custom label from UnconventionalHacker and securing the hard drive, the rest is history. Continue reading to see the project from start to finish.

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Nintendo Smartphone

Photo credit: Pierre Cerveau

If Nintendo were to release a Game Boy-inspired Android smartphone, it would probably look something like the Smart Boy, a concept by Pierre Cerveau. You can easily swap out components like a game cartridge, whether it be the camera module, battery, or even additional storage. Of course there's an optional Game Bat gamepad for those marathon gaming sessions while on the road. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never get too close to rally cars in a race.

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Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, has died of cancer at the age of 55. Iwata underwent surgery last year and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. He is a highly admired figure in the Japanese gaming scene and considered the leading figure behind Nintendo's successful turnaround after he joined the company in the year 2000. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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N64 Coffee Table

Photo credit: Mark Haggett via Kotaku

This may not be the most complex modding project of all-time, but it does see an N64 installed inside a table, with the controller leads built in under the surface of the wood to keep the wires tangle-free. This leaves the top free for all of your drinks, snacks, Nintendo Power magazines and whatever else your heart desires. To top things off, there's even an in-laid pixel Mario made from wood blocks. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what it's actually like to be in a coma.

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NES Turned Computer

Photo credit: Ungreedy

This started as an NES console from 1985, but after Imgur user "ungreedy" got his hands on it, the box was transformed into a functional computer after 7-months of work. Featuring a 4.0-GHz Intel Core i5-4670K CPU, ASRock Mini ITX motherboard, MSI GeForce GTX 750 video card and 1TB hard drive. While it may not boast a functional Blu-ray disc drive, its streaming abilities make the device a great HTPC (Home Theater PC). Continue reading for more pictures of the build.

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Real Sony Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

Photo credit: Reddit/r/gaming

Gaming enthusiasts have probably seen sketches of the fabled console, but now here's a look at a real prototype. In 1988, Sony and Nintendo collaborated on a CD-ROM peripheral for the SNES, but as you know, things never quite worked out. Purportedly, imgur user "DanDiebold" stumbled upon one of the prototypes, and here's his story: "My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dad's company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of 'junk' he was supposed to throw out." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including Wanderers, which shows why space is the final frontier.

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NES Computer

Photo credit: AtriusVH / Imgur

At first glance, this appears to be just another NES, but press the power button, and you'll see it's so much more. Simply put, "AtriusVH" gutted the console, replaced the hardware with computer components (Blu-ray drive included) and installed NESBMC, a skinned version of the Xbox Media Center software for the Ubuntu operating system. Best of all, the console still plays all of the classic NES games, along with titles from SNES, Genesis, etc. In addition to the NES controller, users can also choose to use an SNES gamepad as well. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one showing why you should never mess with the Queen's guard.

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Mario Unreal Engine

YouTube user "Aryoksini" rebuilt the Mario 64-inspired animations from scratch and purchased a few pre-built environments from the UnrealEngine 4 marketplace to make this mind-boggling mashup of Nintendo and reality. However, some say that many of these worlds are better suited for Link rather than the famous plumber. Continue reading for the video.

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Retro-Bit RetroDuo System

Retro-Bit's RetroDuo v2.0 Portable Gaming System doesn't require you to custom fabricate a case and / or rip out the internals of an old console, it plays both NES and SNES cartridges right out of the box, all for $74.99 shipped. Not only can you play solo, but it also hooks up to full-sized televisions as well. Use the included port adapter to connect two SNES (or equivalent) controllers. Product page. Continue reading for a video review, with a hands-on preview, and more information.

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