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Zelda Nintendo Switch


Most gamers know that the Nintendo Switch is the highly anticipated upcoming hybrid video game console scheduled for release worldwide in March 2017, but now we get a first look at it in-action, thanks to Jimmy Fallon. The Switch's main unit is shaped like a tablet, featuring two detachable controllers on either side called Joy-Cons, which can be used individually or attached to a grip to provide a traditional gamepad form. The main unit is connected to a television display through a docking station, from which it can be removed and used as a portable console. It uses flash ROM cartridges rather than optical discs, similar to the Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a working single-cylinder engine made from paper.

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Smach Z Handheld PC

Let's face it, there's currently no game console, portable or not, that can play the entire Steam collection, or at least without some hacking. Introducing SMACH Z, a handheld gaming PC powered by AMD's quad-core Merlin Falcon RX-421BD SoC, 4GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, a high capacity battery good for 5-hours of continuous use, microSD expansion, 6-inch touchscreen display, and HDMI output. Once it hits stores, expect to shell out $325 to get your hands on one. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an SLR camera being cut with a 60,000psi water jet.

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Giant NES Controller


Forget the NES Classic, Ultimate Customs has created a giant, wireless NES controller with a fully-functional cartridge slot in which they use to play Duck Hunt / Super Mario Bros. (hybrid cartridge). Even though it doesn't have 30 built-in games, you'll be able to play any cartridge in Nintendo's vast library, including the Game Genie add-on. In related news, did you know that Nintendo entered into negotiations with Atari to release the Famicom under Atari's name as the name Nintendo Advanced Video Gaming System? That's right, the deal was set to be finalized and signed at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in June 1983. However, Atari discovered at that show that its competitor Coleco was illegally demonstrating its Coleco Adam computer with Nintendo's Donkey Kong game. This violation of Atari's exclusive license with Nintendo to publish the game for its own computer systems delayed the implementation of Nintendo's game console marketing contract with Atari. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a mesmerizing chain link fence machine.

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Limited Halo 5: Guardians

The Halo 5: Limited Edition is great for casual as well as pro gamers, and it's being offered for only $23.75, today only, originally $99.99. This bundle includes the full-game physical disc, Warzone REQ Bundle (14 Premium Requisition packs to enhance Spartan combat), a uniquely-designed Spartan-themed SteelBook, a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, Spartan Locke's Classified Orders, Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series), and an Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial. Product page. Continue reading for another unboxing video and more information.

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NES Classic Edition Buy

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Nintendo's NES Classic Edition just may be the hottest gadget this holiday season, and the entire first batch was sold out within minutes of going live. If you weren't one of the lucky few, forget paying $60 for the mini-sized console, which comes loaded 30 classic NES games, as scalpers are getting bids in excess of $1,200 online. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus hands-on images.

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Audi Final Fantasy

For those who don't mind spending $470,000 for a limited edition supercar, you'll soon be able buy "The Audi R8 Star of Lucis," a vehicle that appeared in Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV and is a collaboration between the Final Fantasy XV team and the German car maker. Not much information has been released on what you'll actually get, aside from themed wheels, seats and carbon fiber pieces, but rest assured, this will model will greatly appreciate in value. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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NES Classic Edition

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The NES Classic Edition may have not hit stores yet, but a few lucky gamers managed to get their hands on production units. Just to recap, the system comes bundled with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, one NES Classic Controller, and all 30 games - including The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Mega Man 2 - installed and ready-to-play. Continue reading for a full hands-on unboxing video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

While playing one of the 30 great NES games included on the NES Classic Edition during the weekend following the Friday launch, you might find yourself puzzled by some of the more challenging games. ('How do I find the first Warp Whistle in Super Mario Bros. 3?' you might ask yourself.)

If your memories of the original games fail you, no need to fret. You can just call the Power Line, which will return and run from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT each day.

The original Power Line was a beloved service in the '80s that connected fans to Nintendo Game Play Counselors who offered helpful tips and tricks.

In this fully automated version, you can use your real-life phone (bonus points if it has a cord!) to dial (425) 885-7529 to hear recorded tips for several games, plus behind-the-scenes stories from original Nintendo Game Play Counselors. You never know what you might learn!

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Viveland HTC Arcade

HTC has opened Viveland, the company's first virtual reality arcade, in partnership with Syntrend Creative Park. This 330-square-meter attraction features AMD Radeon-powered PCs, SteelSeries wireless headphones, and plenty of Vive headsets to use on over 20 different experiences to try, including games such as Front Defense as well as Project Cars. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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NES Nintendo Switch

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Without even getting into the games and accessories, Nintendo has plenty of opportunities to cash in on its upcoming Switch console, with limited edition bundles. First up, we have an NES-themed design, complete with button colors that match its classic counterpart, along with a vent-filled charging dock. Who knows? Nintendo may actually let customers design their own using a special configurator. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Previously known as the NX, the Nintendo Switch has officially been unveiled, and it's a doozy. This console can be used as both a portable and living room, complete with high-def display that undocks from its TV-connected charger. A Joy-Con, or the two sides of the normal controller, also snap out, can also be removed to serve as separate, more basic controllers for multiplayer games. It's powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor, and so far, 48 software companies have pledged support. Expect this to hit stores in March 2017 - pricing yet to be announced. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a video detailing five things you should know, and additional information.

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