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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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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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