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Hyperkin Smart Boy

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Hyperkin's Smart Boy case has become a reality, and it was debuted at E3 2016 in Los Angeles this past week. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this accessory now only supports Android handsets. This isn't just an emulator-based gimmick, but rather a case that accepts real Game Boy cartridges, which slot into the back. Continue reading for a side profile picture and more information.

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AI Super Mario World

We have seen the future, and artificial intelligence takes over. MarI/O, created by gamer Seth Bling, is just the tip of the iceberg. This AI had no idea how to play the game at first, but after some simple parameters were set in the form of "fitness" levels, it was incentivized to continue trying new ideas. You read that right, each level used new ideas, and it remembers what worked, while discarding its mistakes. After 34 steps, using NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies, MarI/O figured out that jumping was the key to complete the stage. What's crazy is that the AI is so good now that any further attempts on the stage will all result in successful completion. 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 90-minute tour through Shanghai Disneyland.

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Glock NES Zapper

Photo credit: Precision Syndicate via Mashable

Most gamers know that the original NES Zapper, released in 1984 (Japan) / 1985 (US), is a light gun that allows 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. Texas-based machine prototyping company Precision Syndicate created one using a glock pistol. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Nintendo M82

The Nintendo M82 was a essentially a demon unit for stores that allowed customers to try several games before purchasing them. Officially called the "M82 Game Selectable Working Product Display," it could hold 12 game cartridges, and can be selected by pressing buttons next to the desired title. The play time could also be set: 30-seconds, 3-minutes, 6-minutes or 128 minutes. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photos.

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Game Boy Hacked

Thanks to Raspberry Pi, this modder was able to hack an original Nintendo Game Boy into a multi-platform machine, capable of playing just about any classic title. That's right, running software known as "Emulation Station," this Pi-powered creation runs NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. games, complete with makeshift shoulder triggers, while additional the X and Y buttons were sourced from an old Super Nintendo controller. After some re-soldering and dremeling, a functional SD to Micro SD adapter was added inside the system. Plus, these mods also give it USB charging for added convenience. Continue reading for a video of a functional game console made from an Altoids tin.

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N64 PC Mod

A modder who goes by "Istartedthewar" has used an old N64 to create a fully-functional home theater PC. That's right, it looks just like a standard game console on the outside, but once you look in the back and / or remove its cover, you'll see all of the hardware components. It features an A10-7850k processor, 8GB of DDR3 2400MHz AMD Radeon RAM, a 128GB SSD and 150W Pico PSU. Continue reading for more pictures.

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24K Gold Nintendo

Limited to just 10-units worldwide, the 24K Gold Analogue NT is completely handcrafted, and compatible with NES, Famicom, and even Famicon Disk System cartridges. For those who prefer to relive the classics in high-definition and with no lag, a separate $79 internal HDMI upgrade can be purchased. Each system will also come bundled with a gold-colored 1986 Zelda cartridge. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what's actually inside a rattlesnake's tail.

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Nintendo NX Controller

It's only a matter of time until Nintendo officially reveals the NX, but for now, we'll have to settle for these purported controller shots. A few years back, rumors swirled that Nintendo partnered with Sharp to use its free-form LCD display technology, and the design appears to make use of this new screen. Nintendo's patent for this controller shows two physical joysticks, and two buttons to be pressed by the index fingers on top of the screen. 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 crazy powerline arcing phase to phase.

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Modern Game Boy

If Nintendo released a modern tribute to the classic Game Boy, it would probably look something like Florian Renner's creation. Taking another look at his incredible design, we see that the classic button layout has been retained, along with the top-loading game cartridge slot. "The project target was to keep the catchy elements of the original and adapt them to the functions and requirements of current games. In addition to the existing materiality, there is a variation from sustainable natural fiber reinforced plastic," said Renner. 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 Kylo Ren being inserted into random famous TV shows and movies.

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FreezerBoy Refrigerator Game Boy Magnets

FreezerBoy Refrigerator Magnets literally turn your fridge, or other home appliances, into a massive Game Boy, albeit one that doesn't work. "Available for fridges of all sizes, this magnet set transforms your kitchen into a vintage geek shrine. These magnets turn your fridge into a giant gaming system, ready to have it's button's pushed. Give a few taps on the D-pad along with a few jabs on the A button and you'll be ready to crack open that freezer in search of a few frosty beverages," according to the product page. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of British road rage at its finest.

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