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Nintendo 3DS Phone

Photo credit: Jacob Estep

With smartphones replacing many common devices that people use today, such as point-and-shoot cameras and portable game consoles, it's only fitting that Nintendo would be working on their very own mobile device. The Nintendo 3DS Phone could be one possible concept. Featuring a slide-open design that reveals a second display, a gamepad, and dual cameras that concealed during normal use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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DeepMind AI Quake 3



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First, OpenAI's bots were trained to defeat human opponents in DOTA 2 (bottom video), now, Google's DeepMind AI has exceeded human-level gameplay in Quake 3. The DeepMind agents go into the game without any instructions, and then start competing against themselves until they develop winning strategies - an AI agent plays against an identical clone. Well, the research team went above and beyond by training 30 agents in different play styles. It took nearly half a million matches each lasting five minutes, to train the agents to exceed human-level gameplay. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one ten life hacks for summer.

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Original Xbox Prototype



Photo credit: Graeme Boyd

There's one more reason to visit Microsoft's new Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, and that's to see the original X-shaped Xbox prototype that Bill Gates showcased on stage at GDC 2000. According to Dean Takahashi's Opening the Xbox, it cost around $18,000 to make because the case itself was milled from a solid block of aluminum. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where a person interviews Pepper, the humanoid robot.

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SEGA VMU Game Console

Photo credit: Wermy

For those who never got to experience the SEGA Dreamcast, it used VMUs (Virtual Memory Unit) as its primary memory card. This device featured a monochrome LCD, multi-player gaming capability (via connectors at the top), second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. A gamer who goes by "Wermy" managed to turn one of these into a functional portable game console. "The base RetroPie image I used is from the mintyPi, so it has HoolyHoo's shortcut scripts (which I modified a bit for my this project) included for adjusting the volume/brightness (the the 'Sleep'/Start button on the VMU is also the function button)," said its creator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten places that are weirder than the Bermuda Triangle.

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Glock NES Zapper

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The original NES Zapper is an electronic light gun accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Japanese Famicom that allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. It could also be used on the title screens of games to move the curso - done by pointing the device away from the screen and pulling the trigger - or starting the game (pointing at the screen and pulling the trigger). This version was made from a real Glock 19 (Gen 4) for a Nintendo fan. Continue reading for more cool gaming-related images.

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Yobo Portable NES

Inventor Ben Heckendorn is back at it again, and this time, he creates a Yobo Portable - a brand of Nintendo clones - that is compatible with NES cartridges. He managed to find one in a junk pile for $5, hacked it up for parts, and the rest is history. The case was designed in Fusion 360, while the final design uses the same type of flat Li-po batter as the Raspberry Pi No HDMI project. A laser printer fabricated the front panel, and he 3D prints parts with Makergear M2 and the old Replicator 1. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing why Jurassic World built a roller coaster for one of its scenes.

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Polymega Modular Retro Game Console

Sure, traditional game consoles may be soon phased out in favor of devices that play games directly downloaded, but the Polymega aims to keep them around for at least a bit while longer. It's called the "world's first modular HD retro gaming console," and offers 1080p high-definition output, with support from NES, SNES, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, titles and more. Best of all, this concept has officially gone into production. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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LEGO Nintendo Arcade Cabinet

Photo credit: Brothers Brick

Helen Sham, the photographer who created this Hasselblad camera, is back at it again, and this time, with a functional Nintendo arcade cabinet made from 15,000 LEGO bricks. It stands more than 5-feet tall, and features brick-built graphics pulled straight from the Mario vs Donkey Kong 2 game, complete with a Donkey Kong sculpture perched atop the machine, as well as numerous light-up LED pieces. How long did all of this take to make? Well, about 6-hours for the design itself, and then 27-hours to get everything assembled. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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PS5 Concept

Photo credit: Joseph Dumary via Yanko Design

Another day, another PlayStation 5 concept, especially this time of year, when E3 is in full session. Designed by Joseph Dumary, this device features a Smart Console that records and adapts gamers' behavior to provide preferred controller settings, apply game options automatically, and install necessary apps to enhance the gaming experience. However, the most innovative feature are the new DualShock controllers, which boast "Watt Up" technology by the Energous Group, which permanently keeps the gamepads charged wirelessly. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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Fortnite Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo announced the free-to-play Fortnite game for its Switch console, and in less than a day, it's already been downloaded over 2-million times. This port retains the ability to sync Epic user accounts across multiple platforms, complete with all in-game items and progress. One caveat: if you're a Fortnite player who has ever synced with the PS4 version, you won't be able to use that account with other platforms. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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