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Real Sony Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

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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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Super Mario Rug

Photo credit: AlexKingshill / Reddit

Kjetil Nordin, a skilled programmer and skydiving champion from Norway, spent over 800-hours in the span of 6-years to crochet the amazing Super Mario Bros. 3 World 1 rug you see above. Not just any simple map, Nordin researched the exact yarn colors needed to emulate the map (Super Mario All-Stars version). He went as far as re-crocheting an entire section when the water had a slight purple tinge rather than blue. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Game Boy Light

Smartphones and portable game consoles today all come with backlit screens, but back in the day, you actually needed a special light attachment to play in the dark. For those who don't remember, there were also other Game Boy accessories as well, including a camera + printer, Super Game Boy (lets you play GB games on television), battery pack and even a pocket sonar by Bandai, which is a fish-finder peripheral. Continue reading for more funny and geeky things people born after 1999 probably won't understand.

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The Legend of Zelda Proposal

James Dowdell, a software engineer from Mountain View, California, wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a very special way. So, he reprogrammed The Legend of Zelda with a custom ending, and the rest is history, all captured by wedding photographer Natalie Martin. To be more specific, he edited the in-game version of Princess Zelda to look like Natalie, turned the "Triforce tile to a ring tile" and then added in "Natalie, will you marry me?" text. That's not all, a custom The Legend of Zelda-themed engagement ring was also made at Takayas Custom Jewelry. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Power Glove Oven Mitt


The Power Glove is basically a controller accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System, for anyone who has never heard of it. Though 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 and PAX in Japan. Now, an oven mitt version exists, molded from heat-resistant silicone rubber and it's one-size-fits most to boot. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video GTA V in real-life

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Super Mario Bros. Room

Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. is a timeless franchise that never seems to get old, and what better way to pay tribute than by creating en entire room based on the classic game? That's exactly what Dustin Carpenter decided to do for his daughter's room, and in addition to the decorations, there's an NES-controller-themed switch that starts playing the theme song when turned on. Believe it or not, everything you see in this room only cost Dustin $700 and 70-hours of build time. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a lazy hamster who found an alternative way to use its wheel.

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Custom Nintendo Consoles

Forget limited edition models that cost a fortune and / or sell out immediately at launch, these custom Nintendo consoles take creativity to the next level. Not only are they one-of-a-kind, these modders show that a variety of random objects can be transformed into functional gaming machines, like TIE Fighter and Snowspeeder toys, as well as a toaster. The latter, officially dubbed "Nintoaster 2.0" is the work of Finnish industrial designer, Jarno Kotavuopio. Simply insert the cartridges into the toaster slots, plug in a controller and you'll be ready to game. 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 100-years of beauty in under 2-minutes.

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