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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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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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