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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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Game Boy Macro

Have a broken Nintendo DS just collecting dust? Then it may be time to transform it into a Game Boy Macro. It's essentially a DS modded to run without a top screen, and when paired with a nice looking outer shell, it becomes a whole new console, similar to the Game Boy Advance. For those wondering why there's a black border, the modded console creates this to maintain the same aspect ratio/resolution of a Game Boy Advance. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a three part tutorial video series on how to make your own.

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Nintendo 3DS Windows 95

Sure, you can argue that there really is no practical reason to have Windows 95 running on a new Nintendo 3DS XL, but it's definitely a conversation starter. Back a while ago, I tried compiling the dosbox from libretro, and using retroarch to emulate dosbox. Yet, every time, it froze on a rainbow glitchy mess. So, I gave up for a while. Until tonight. So, I tried it on my n3ds, and it just worked. "So, I think the o3ds just isn't powerful enough to run dosbox, or there's not enough ram. So, that's how this all got started. At its core, this is just libretro/retroarch dosbox. But I figured, hey, everyone wants Windows on their 3DS, right?," said Shutterbug2000 on the GBATemp forum. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hoverboard unboxing that results in an unexpected fire.

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NES Portable

If Nintendo were to ever release an official NES portable, it would probably look something like this custom 3D-printed creation by the "LonghornEngineer". It features 5000mAh of 7.4V lithium power, which is good for 10-hours of continuous play, while the 5-inch PSone display has been hacked to the bare minimum to keep things portable. You'll also find a Sparkfun audio amp that uses the TPA2005D1 to reproduce sound very cleanly. Continue reading for another video, additional pictures and more information. Click here to view a few bonus pictures of the build.

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Super Game Boy

The Super Game Boy was touted as "Game Boy on steroids" in this classic ad from the 90s, but is actually a 16-bit adapter cartridge for the SNES. It was the first Game Boy-based add-on to a Nintendo console that allowed game cartridges designed for use on the Game Boy to be played on a TV display using the SNES controllers. The unit could map the four shades of green to various colors on the screen. Later Game Boy games that were optimized to use the Super Game Boy had additional color information and could over-ride the ability to change the on-screen colors, and the ability to display a graphical border around the screen as well as the ability to display special background sprites on the screen, as seen in the Mario's Picross title screen. Continue reading for more cool classic gaming ads. Click here for a few bonus ads.

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Portable N64

Code named Project Reality, the console's design was mostly finalized by mid-1995, though Nintendo 64's launch was delayed until 1996. As part of the fifth generation of gaming, the system competed primarily with the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. The Nintendo 64 was launched with Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Unfortunately, Nintendo never got around to making a portable version, despite the console's popularity. Fortunately, many gamers have created their own versions, like the example you see above. Continue reading for more.

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Romain Jerome Mario Watch

Are you a wealthy Nintendo fanatic who also loves watches? Look no further than this gem by watchmaker Romain Jerome. Limited to just 85-units worldwide, this $18,950 gem features a 46mm case constructed from black titanium, complete with three-layer, as well as enamel-coated pixel figurines. Plus, this timepiece marks the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of all 6 Star Wars movies compressed in to a 3-minute supercut.

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Nintendo Smartphone

Nintendo is just getting into the mobile arena, so if the company does eventually release their own smartphone, it won't be out of the blue. The "Wii M" boasts a 4.5" Retina display with Gorilla Glass protection, and in at 9mm thick, while increasing in size from 126 mm in length to 196 mm once the slide-out gaming pad is activated. Other features include: 64GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera at the back, front-facing 5-megapixel camera, all running on Android with Wii-UI. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Nintendo AVS

Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi stated in 1986 that "Atari collapsed because they gave too much freedom to third-party developers and the market was swamped with rubbish games." Once their deal with Atari failed, Nintendo continued to push forth, and designed a Famicom console for release in North America under the name "Nintendo Advanced Video System" (AVS). Continue reading for more interesting facts about the little known game console.

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Super Nintendo PlayStation

The SNES-CD, aka Super Nintendo PlayStation, refers to an unreleased peripheral for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The device and the format were to build upon the functionality of the cartridge-based SNES by adding support for higher capacity compact discs. The SNES-CD platform was developed in a partnership between Nintendo and Sony. Another partnership with Philips yielded some poorly received Nintendo-themed games for the competing CD-i game console instead of the SNES-CD. Sony independently furthered its developments into its own console, which resulted in the release of the original PlayStation, a chief competitor of the SNES's cartridge-based successor, the Nintendo 64. Continue reading for more cool facts about the SNES PlayStation.

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