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Nintendo PlayStation Prototype

Professional video game system modder Ben Heck is at it again, and this time, he's managed to get the disc drive working on an extremely rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype. For those unfamiliar with this console, it was basically planned to be launched as an add-on for the standard Super NES, as well as a stand-alone hybrid console. The standalone unit has the following connectors: Two SNES Gamepad ports, Cartridge slot, Dual-speed CD-ROM, AV RCA composite Stereo, S-Video, RFU DC OUT (similar to the PlayStation SCPH-1001), Nintendo proprietary Multi-out AV Connector (same as the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and GameCube), Headphone jack on the front, Serial Port labelled "NEXT" (probably for debugging) and one Expansion Port under the unit. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why guardrails are important in rally car races.

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Mario Bros. Bar

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, this is a real Super Mario Brothers-themed bar in Washington D.C., called "The Cherry Blossom Pub". The pop-up bar was set up by The Drink Company, and has been immensely successful to say the least. "Japan has always been a source of inspiration for me and, as a native Washingtonian, cherry blossom season is something we look forward to every year," said Derek Brown of The Drink Company. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here to view a few bonus images of awesome 90s game ads.

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Vega Game Console

Nintendo's Switch may still be the hottest ticket right now, but that could all change if other companies start releasing similar portable game consoles, such as the "Vega". In addition to the detachable tablet, this device boasts a modular design, enabling users to easily switch from joypads to speakers, and even number keys. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Zelda Breath of Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) may be sold out in stores, but it's being offered for just $47.88 (free Prime trial - discount shows upon checkout) shipped, today only, originally $59.88. Step into a world of discovery, exploration, and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning Open-Air Adventure. Product page. Continue reading for hands-on gameplay footage and more information.

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Nintendo Switch Drop

Brandon Baldwin of GizmoSlip wanted to see just how durable the new Nintendo Switch really is, so he decided to see if it could survive 11 drops from approximately 5-feet. Rather than use just a few normal cameras, a high-speed camera was thrown in the mix to see just how the casing bends after it hits the pavement. How did it fare? Well, let's just say you might want to stick the Switch in a protective case before attempting this yourself. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone testing a USB Killer on the Switch, a GT-R and a PS4 Slim.

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Portable Super Famicom

HyperKin's SupaBoy S might be more practical, but this guy's custom creation will definitely turn more heads. Why? Well, he managed to turn a Super Famicom / Super NES console into a fully-functional portable gaming machine, completed with LCD display, integrated controller and a top-loading cartridge slot. Other features include: built-in speakers with a volume knob on the back and a light-up power button. Continue reading for a video of it in-action.

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Nintendo Switch Game Case

The Nintendo Switch is set to hit stores on March 3rd (if you can find them), but some reviewers already have their hands on the actual console as well as games. Now here's a first look at Super Bomberman R, which makes full use of the Nintendo Switch system capabilities, enabling gamers to play wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. In 'Battle' mode, up to eight players are dropped within a maze until the 'last man standing' is declared the winner. There is also a 'Story' mode where one to two players work cooperatively to clear a series of 50 stages in order to save the galaxy. Continue reading for another video, picture and more information.

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Hyperkin SupaBoy S

Hyperkin's SupaBoy S is basically a portable SNES console that you can take anywhere, all for $98.25 shipped this weekend only. The device will play all original SNES (NTSC AND PAL) and Super Famicom cartridges on a built-in 4.3 inch LCD screen. It includes a D-pad and face buttons, as well as right and left shoulder buttons. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Smallest SNES

Raspberry Pi can be used to build many things, including the world's smallest SNES, or at least a miniature device that looks like one. Gaming enthusiast Hugo doris hand-crafted the clay shell for his SNES Micro, which consists of a Raspberry Pi Zero board and a USB hub. The finished produce runs an SNES emulator that could play just about any NES game as well. Unfortunately, you won't be able to plug in any of the original controllers, which is understandable due to the original slots being larger than the micro console itself, but I'm sure you'll find plenty of worthy alternatives. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a cool vertical coin bank.

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Nintendo Switch VR

Mario Kart and Zelda are fun games both on portable as well as home consoles, but imagine playing the titles in virtual reality? Thanks to the Nintendo Switch, that may soon become a possibility. Simply put, the Switch's display would slide right onto this headset and the Joy-Con controllers would be used like normal. What would something like this be priced at? Well, considering that the HTC Vive costs $800, anything priced at half that or even less should be a hot seller. Continue reading for more pictures.

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