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Arduboy Game Boy

You could either plays games on smartphones / portable game consoles, or the Arduboy, a business card-sized game system powered by the open-source Arduino platform. Taking inspiration from the Nintendo Game Boy, it features a brilliant OLED display, durable metal / polycarbonate construction, 6 soft-touch tactile buttons, a 2-channel speaker, and 8-hours-plus of battery life on a full charge. Creator Kevin Bates has already sent out more than 100 developer kits, and is working to bring a number of games to the platform, with every one of them being free, open source, and editable by the community. Continue reading for a video and the Kickstarter page to pick up your own.

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Homemade Handheld N64

This may not be the first portable N64 system, but it's definitely no slouch. Created by "bungle" of Bacman forums, this game controller-shaped creation boasts an ample 3.5-inch display, Rumble Pak compatibility, 4-hours of battery life, and a GameCube analog stick to finish things off. Supposedly, these will be mass produced and sold, but there has been no official word yet. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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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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