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DOOM Nintendo Switch

ID Software's DOOM hits the Nintendo Switch tomorrow, and so far, it could be the greatest FPS to hit a portable game console yet, and Prime members (free 30-day trial) can pre-order it for $47.90 shipped, today only. Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Death match, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. Relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns, and fast, fluid movement provide the foundation for intense, first-person combat. Product page. Continue reading for over 1-hour of gameplay footage and more information.

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Portable Nintendo GameCube


Hyperkin's SupaBoy S is nice, but this takes things to the next level. A gamer known as "AkiraModz" in the online modding community has created a portable Nintendo GameCube, called The Varia Cube, and it's a doozy. The case itself was handcrafted from a Nintendo GameCube ASCII keyboard and then painted in a Samus Aran Varia Suit-inspired paint scheme. Inside, you'll find an original GameCube (PAL) motherboard, a heatsink with custom fan, and a 7" LCD display. Other features include: original Nintendo controls / sticks, N64 joystick caps, a DS Lite directional pad, and a strong rumble feedback motor. The console runs Swiss software that can force any game into 480P and use a widescreen hack to force 16:9 (non-stretched) for the correct ratio. Its 6400 mAh batteries (4 x Panasonic 3400 mAh 18650) are good for 2.5-hours of continuous gameplay and 4 LEDs show just how much power is left. 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 three brand new colors that scientists have discovered.

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The Nintendo Switch is a great console, but for those who prefer playing real N64 games without emulation, there's this portable N64, created by none other than Ben Heck. "To assemble the battery board, he takes a PCB and makes marks on back of it to indicate where the 3D printed fan assembly is. He uses the empty space to rebuild the power circuitry. He places four 3.7 volt cells on top of the unit. Ben goes with a 5" PlayStation 1 LCD, ironically because of his history with the Nintendo PlayStation Prototype. Sony probably liked 7.4 V because they were an early adopter of Li-Ion which scales in multiples of 3.4 V. The screen has an audio amplifier built into it," according to Element 14. 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 showing what's actually inside the iPhone X.

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Razer Phone

Shipping on Nov. 17 and priced at $699, the Razer Phone was designed specifically for mobile gamers. Featuring a 5.72" Quad HD IGZO LCD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery, two 12-megapixel cameras in the back, a 24-bit digital audio converter, and stereo front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos, all running on Android Nougat. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview, more pictures and information.

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Cary42 Portable Arcade Machine

Love Hulten's Cary42 looks like a briefcase at first, but pop it open, and you'll realize it's actually a portable arcade machine. Limited to 50-units worldwide and priced at $3,000, this gaming machine comes pre-loaded with 100 classic games, and users can also store over 10,000 emulated games via a USB connection. The case itself is handcrafted from solid American walnut and opens to reveal two joysticks, stereo speakers and a display. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Steam Link

Valve's Steam Link enables users to mirror games directly on a TV, and it's being offered for just $15, today only, originally $49.99. This device allows existing Steam gamers to expand the range of their current gaming set up via their home network. Just connect your Steam PC or Steam Machine to your home network, plug into a TV, and stream your games to the Link at 1080p. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

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Zelda Encyclopedia

The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia: Deluxe Edition looks like a giant NES cartridge, and you're able to pre-order one today for $47.99 shipped. The book comes with a black polypropylene sleeve, lined with velvet flocking, and a scale instruction booklet with fun, theme-appropriate material inside. The cover is a gold foil paper with gloss lamination and a spot gritty varnish. The details are embossed and debossed. It has gold gilding on the top and foredge, with black gilding on the bottom. This book looks and feels so much like the original cartridge you might find yourself blowing into the bottom before you open it. Pre-order here now. Continue reading for two more pictures and additional infinformation.

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Lamborghini Xbox Sim

Photo credit: POG Forever

Forza Motorsport 7 can be enjoyed with a standard Xbox controller, racing wheel, or this full-sized Lamborghini Aventador. You read that right, auto enthusiast "POG Forever" created the ultimate racing simulator setup. In the video above, you can see he installs a projector in his garage, hooks up an Xbox as well as other cables, and then loads the game on a giant projection screen. Somehow, the real-life movements are synced with the game. 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 China's new mega airport currently being constructed in Beijing.

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Tetris Van

Photo credit: The Verge / Jalopnik

Yes, there's a real Easter Egg hidden away on some models of the GAZelle Next vans, and to access it, there are a few steps reminiscent of the Konami Code. Once completed, the game appears on the screen behind the steering wheel, which means it may be only good for a few games before your eyes tire. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral simulation video of cars hitting 100+ consecutive speed bumps.

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3DS XL Super NES Edition

SNES fans rejoice! Amazon is getting an exclusive SNES-themed 3DS XL bundle, which will not be available anywhere else. The body was designed to look like the US version of the console, complete with purple and grey accents. However, the coolest part is that it includes a code to download the original Super Mario Kart game. Pre-order here now. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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