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R-Kaid-R

When closed, R-Kaid-R just looks like a wooden box, with a vintage arcade joystick handle, but when you open the lid, it becomes a fully-functional portable gaming system, running MAME, which lets you play over 10,000 titles. Inside this 27 x 17 x 9cm box, you'll find an 8" display and a custom screw-in 8-way joystick, along with 8 arcade-quality buttons. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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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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Vesaro Full-Motion Racing Simulator

You haven't seen a home racing simulator, until you've seen the Vesaro 195. Featuring the world's first 195-inch Triple Curved OLED display setup, it's powered by a Level 4 Extreme PC, two Radeon HD7990 6GB graphics cards and cranks audio through Logitech Z906 THX 5.1 surround speakers. A Buttkicker Advance Tactile Feedback System lets you feel every single twist, turn and bump in the road. 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 a LEGO Star Wars Star Destroyer being shattered in super slow motion.

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Chain Chomp Cat Bed

Photo credit: Catastrophic Creations

Chain Chomps made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3, and bear a resemblance to a ball and chain. Shigeru Miyamoto's inspiration for this character was from a childhood experience: a dog once tried to bite him, but fortunately, a chain held it back. As a result, this enemy also possesses canine qualities, like barking, and are commonly used as guard dogs throughout the Mario series. Catastrophic Creations decided to pay tribute by building a cat bed shaped just like the Chain Chomps found in game. The company says: "I wanted to design something that could sit in a room as art, but also have a practical use. The box that Chain Chomp's attached to has hinges mounted from the inside to hide them, but to let you open the box for storage. At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly. I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!" Continue reading for more pictures.

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NES30 Controller

8bitdo's NES30 merges the legendary 80s controller design with modern technologies. This Bluetooth game controller sports the classic NES pad design, but adds a four extra buttons to keep you busy in the latest games for Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, and even Nintendo's Wii. Button feedback is said to feel the same way it did when you played Mike Tyson's Punch Out and Super Mario Bros. back in the day. Get it here. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Whale GTA V

Grand Theft Auto V was officially released for the PC two weeks ago, and fans have already begun creating unique and impressive mods for the open-world game, despite it not even officially supporting them. The latest mod comes from a YouTube user known as "Merfish", and it's a whale of a good time to say the least. In the video, watch as a gigantic whale escapes from the ocean and wreaks havoc on Los Santos by interrupting traffic, crashing into helicopters, and even invading pool parties. Continue reading for the clip.

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SEGA maimai Orange

For those who don't live in Japan, Taiwan or China, maimai is basically an arcade rhythm game developed and distributed by Sega, in which the player interacts with objects on a touchscreen and executes dance-like movements. The game supports both single-player and multiplayer gameplay with up to 4 players. Various kinds of objects will appear at the center and approach the outer rim of the circular touchscreen. The player must tap, hold or slide on the touchscreen or surrounding buttons in time with the music, depending on the type of note. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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R2-D2 Game Consoles

Star Wars fanatics have probably dreamed about owning their very own R2-D2 droid, and one is actually living that dream right now, but it's not quite what you think. This droid may not be able to talk, but it houses an Xbox, Dreamcast, SEGA Mega Drive, NES, Nintendo 64, SNES, PlayStation, and an Atari console. That's not all, his head doubles as a projector that can be used anywhere with a suitable power source. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never give your kid a Portal gun.

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