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VR Mario Kart

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The HTC VIVE system is cool enough by itself, but pair it with Mario Kart VR? You've got an arcade racing game taken to the next level. It can be played at Shinjuku's Bandai Namco VR Zone arcade and costs $39 USD per ticket, which lets you choose between four VR experiences, one of which is Mario Kart GP VR. The car boasts a force-feedback steering wheel, and the entire car rocks with the gameplay, complete with wind effects. Continue reading for two more gameplay videos and information.

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Nucleus Arcade Coffee Table

Arcade machines are nothing new, but Surface Tension's Nucleus Arcade Coffee Table can be loaded up with just about any classic game. At first glance, it appears like a normal table, especially since the dual joystick controllers fold directly into the side and the in-table screen, but in seconds, you'll realize this is a full-fledged gaming machine that's perfect for titles like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, R-Type and more. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Analogue Super NT

The Analogue NT Mini was known as the $450 NES, and now, the company has followed up that console with the Analogue Super NT, priced at a slightly more reasonable $190. Powered by a custom FPGA, it preserves the original aspect ratio, has support for multiple video resolutions, including 1080p, and 48KHz 16-bit stereo digital audio output. The cartridge slot is compatible with all Super NES and Super Famicom games, complete with an 8bitdo SN30 wireless controller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Oculus Rift Touch Virtual Reality

The Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System has gotten a permanent price top to $399 shipped, originally $499. Oculus Touch is a pair of tracked controllers that give you the feeling that your virtual hands are actually your own. Intuitive actions in VR feel as natural as using your real hands. It takes interaction to the next level. Rift's precise, low-latency constellation tracking system enables the sensation of presence - the feeling as though you are actually there. You have never experienced immersion like this. Product page. Continue reading for Adam Savage's in-depth video review and more information.

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ASUS Z3 Venom

There's the ZenFone 3, and then this ASUS Z3 Venom smartphone designed specifically for high-powered mobile gaming. Featuring a 6" 2K Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, Adreno 630 GPU, dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera, and a removable lithium-ion 5000mAh battery for simple replacement. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Nintendo Switch Prime

The Nintendo Switch may not be new, but many stores are still having trouble keeping it in stock, but the console is being offered for $299.99 shipped to Prime members (free 30-day trial), this weekend only. At home the main unit rests in the Nintendo Switch dock, which connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. Lift Nintendo Switch from the dock and instantly transition to handheld mode for on-the-go gaming. By sharing Joy-Con, players can go head-to-head while away from home. You can also enjoy the same great games in tabletop mode by using the included stand to prop the system up. Product page. Continue reading for more Super Mario Odyssey gameplay and information.

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SNES Classic Review



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The NES Classic was an undeniable success, and the SNES Classic is set to become even more popular as pre-orders sold out within minutes of going live online. The console is officially going to hit stores this Friday (Sep. 29), priced at $80, and will include a miniature Super Nintendo, two controllers, HDMI cable, and power plug. Though the cartridge slot is non-functional, it comes pre-installed with 21 ROMs, including five legendary classics. Continue reading for another video review and more information.

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Ataribox AMD

It's official, the Ataribox will be released in the spring of 2018 and cost between $250 to $300. It will be powered by a custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics, and run Linux as an operating system. A custom user interface will make it easily accessible with a TV interface and controller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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McLaren Ultimate Vision GT

Making its debut in Gran Turismo 4, the McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that powers the rear wheels, mated with a pair of electric motors housed in each of the front wheels, to generated a combined output of 1,134hp and 940lb-ft of torque. Its body boasts an 'ultra-advanced' active aero agenda that sports tiny aperture covers around air inlets during cornering to create drag and generate downforce. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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BittBoy Game Boy

The BittBoy may look like the original Nintendo Game Boy, but don't be fooled, as this handheld gaming system offers a rechargeable 500mAh battery that is good for hours of gameplay, an ultra crisp 2.2" IPS display, composite video output for playing on the big screen, and 300 preloaded games. For those wondering, yes, many of the included games are actual NES titles, but run through an emulator. Get one here now. Continue reading for another hands-on video review, more pictures and information.

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