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NES Themed Arcade

Imgur user "mysterysmellyfeet" is a gamer who prefers the older consoles, especially the NES. So, he decided to pay tribute by building an upright arcade cabinet themed like the system. The most surprising thing? It only took this gamer a weekend to finish, from start to finish, and the end products looks like something straight from a 1980s Nintendo catalog. For those who still want to pick up an NES console, there's always the option of getting the Retro-Bit Retro Duo. Continue reading for more pictures of the build process.

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Retro Game Collection

There are specialty stores that may carry old classics, but for the ultimate in retro games, look no further than this collection, which fills an entire room. As you can see, there's everything from the original R.O.B. to a tower of limited edition N64 consoles. If you look closely, you'll also spot the stacks of Game Boys and also Nintendo's original Famicom. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including something you'd never expect to see in Brussels, Belgium.

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N64 Game Boy Advance Portable N64

Created by Hailrazer of the Modded by Bacteria forums, the N64Boy Advance basically is a custom game console stuffed inside the shell of a Game Boy Advance carrying case. It sports a GameCube analog stick, smaller trigger buttons, speakers, and a 4.3-inch display, all powered by two camcorder batteries. While this may not be the perfect companion for long road trips or flights, it's definitely a nostalgic conversation piece for gamers nonetheless. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a dog that just refuses to eat alone.

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Oldmobile Expression

The Oldsmobile Expression was a 4-door wagon, unveiled in 1990, that featured fiberglass exterior panels and 6 passenger (2+2+2) seating. Among other features showcased were: rain-sensing windshield wipers, in-car vacuum cleaner, TV/VCR with a built in Nintendo Entertainment System, and unique four-wheel steering. Continue reading for pictures of the actual NES unit and more information.

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Hyperkin Smart Boy

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Originally an April Fools' Day joke, Hyperkin's Chris Gallizzi announced that Smart Boy, an iPhone 6 accessory that transforms the device into a functional Game Boy, is going to be a real product. Think of it as a dock of sorts, complete with a Game Boy cartridge slot. When the phone is plugged in, simply launch the app, connect the controlpad via Bluetooth, and you'll be ready for some retro gaming action. Continue reading for a diagram showing how it will work.

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Super Mario 64

Computer science student and developer Erik Roystan Ross has recreated the first level of Super Mario 64 - the "Bob-Omb Battlefield" stage - in Unity. All you need to play is Unity Web Player, or hou can also download desktop versions for Windows, Mac and Linux -- it works with your keyboard or Xbox One, Xbox 360, DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers. The entire game was built using Ross's "Super Character Controller" program and offers graphics that are smoothed out and overhauled from the jagged edges present in the original Nintendo 64 version. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a kid who accidentally shoots a loaded Airsoft gun at his computer screen.

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Netflix on NES

No, this isn't an early April Fools' Day joke, but Netflix actually running on an unmodified NES. Employees Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe, and Carenina Motion developed a version of the Netflix app that runs on the original Nintendo Entertainment System for Netflix's Hack Day. It features the ability to scroll between films / television shows, load synopses / images, and also playback media. To demonstrate its functionality, they played the intro to House of Cards. Continue reading for the video.

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Super Nintendo Revolution

If the Super Nintendo were released today, this is probably what it would be like: wireless controllers, USB drives loaded with games, internet connectivity to download more content, and possibly even Roku-like functions for watching Netflix, Hulu, etc. when you're not gaming. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what a Wes Anderson-directed X-Men movie would be like.

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Nintentoaster Nintendo Toaster

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This may look like a toaster at first glance, but insert an NES cartridge, and it becomes a functional game console when turned on. Officially called the "Nintoaster 2.0", it was designed by Finnish artist Jarno Kotavuopio and the usual bread slots serve as the connections for the game cartridges. This console plugs into a TV the way any console would, complete with themed orange controllers. The coolest part? Pushing down the lever actually turns it on. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the top five most popular viral videos of today - including a robot that can play the violin.

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Original Power Glove

The Power Glove was originally released in 1989, and although it was an officially licensed product, Nintendo was not involved in the design or release of this accessory. Rather, it was designed by Grant Goddard and Samuel Cooper Davis for Abrams/Gentile Entertainment (AGE), made by Mattel in the United States. For those who grew up in the 80s and could afford an NES, this was a must-have accessory for the console, especially after seeing it in The Wizard. The glove has traditional NES controller buttons on the forearm as well as a program button and buttons labeled 0-9.The user presses the program button and a numbered button to input commands, such as changing the firing rate of the A and B buttons. Along with the controller, the player can perform various hand motions to control a character on-screen. Continue reading for more everyday things that only 80s geeks might still cherish today.

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