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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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Old NES Ad

Back in 1987, you could've picked up either a SEGA Master System for $99.99 (included 2 controllers, light phaser and Safari / Hang On games) or an NES with R.O.B. as well as a light gun, two controllers, and two games for $139.97. The single games for these systems ran anywhere from $27.49 (Choplifter) to $34.99 (The Legend of Zelda). The best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute titles for Nintendo's platform. Click here to view the first image in this week's cool video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Magpie bird mimicing a child's laugh.

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SNES 1996

Photo credit: Sketchbreaker / Reddit

If you were around for the launch of the SNES back in 1991, the $199 bundle with Super Mario World may sound familiar. Fast forward to 1996, gamers could pick up a Killer Instinct console bundle for a mere $79.99, or a single Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie's Double Trouble game for a whopping $69.99. That's right, for just $10 more, one could have the console + game, instead of just the latter. The bright side is that most other games ranged in price from $29.99 - $34.99 at the time. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that looks like each other gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Navy's Force Awakens trailer spoof.

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