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NES Portable

If Nintendo were to ever release an official NES portable, it would probably look something like this custom 3D-printed creation by the "LonghornEngineer". It features 5000mAh of 7.4V lithium power, which is good for 10-hours of continuous play, while the 5-inch PSone display has been hacked to the bare minimum to keep things portable. You'll also find a Sparkfun audio amp that uses the TPA2005D1 to reproduce sound very cleanly. Continue reading for another video, additional pictures and more information. Click here to view a few bonus pictures of the build.

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Super Game Boy

The Super Game Boy was touted as "Game Boy on steroids" in this classic ad from the 90s, but is actually a 16-bit adapter cartridge for the SNES. It was the first Game Boy-based add-on to a Nintendo console that allowed game cartridges designed for use on the Game Boy to be played on a TV display using the SNES controllers. The unit could map the four shades of green to various colors on the screen. Later Game Boy games that were optimized to use the Super Game Boy had additional color information and could over-ride the ability to change the on-screen colors, and the ability to display a graphical border around the screen as well as the ability to display special background sprites on the screen, as seen in the Mario's Picross title screen. Continue reading for more cool classic gaming ads. Click here for a few bonus ads.

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Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

The Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition bundle won't set you back $249.99, as it can be picked up for $99 shipped, today only. It includes the full game (digital download code), the Warzone REQ Bundle (14 Premium Requisition packs), Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series), a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Spartan-themed SteelBook, Spartan Locke's Classified Orders, Dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, along with an Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial. Product page. Continue reading for another in-depth video unboxing and more information.

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Ace Combat 7 Sony PlayStation VR

Here's a first look at Ace Combat 7, which takes the elements the series is famous for to a whole new level. Powered by Unreal Engine 4, be ready to experience photorealistic visuals and lightning effects and an evolving and adapting ecosystem which will dictate the flow of battle. Bandai Namco's trueSKY technology will astound gamers, as they immerse themselves in exclusive features developed specifically for PlayStation VR. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why recreating the Roller Coaster Tycoon game in real-life wouldn't be such a good idea.

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Unreleased SEGA Neptune Prototype

The mythical Sega Neptune was basically a two-in-one Genesis and 32X console that the company planned to release during the fall of 1995, with a sub-$200 MSRP. Unfortunately, the console was delayed well into 1996, and then canceled altogether after SEGA discontinued the 32X. Magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly used the SEGA Neptune as an April Fools' Day prank in its April 2001 issue where it included a small article in which the writers announced that SEGA had found a warehouse full of old Neptunes, and were selling them on a website for a mere $50. Continue reading for more fascinating photos from around the web. Click here to view real things you won't believe exist.

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Portable PS2

Sony's PlayStation 2 is the best-selling video game console of all-time, with over 155 million units sold, as of 2011. More than 3,874 game titles have been released for the PS2 since its launch in 2000, and more than 1.5-billion copies have been sold worldwide.] The company later released several smaller, lighter revisions of the console known as "slimline" models. This modder took a PS2 Slim and transformed it into a portable console that fans will drool over. Continue reading for more.

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Polycade Arcade Machine

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If Apple made arcade machines, they'd probably look like the minamlist Polycade Retro Arcade. Designed to be wall-mounted, the unit has a 28-inch LED display and integrated 8-way controls for up to two players. Best of all, it's powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, complete with an 8GB SD card loaded with emulation software and 80 games. These are made to order, and finished in your choice of vinyl graphics or a solid color paint. Click here to view more custom arcade cabinets. Continue reading for a video of the Battleship-inspired Battlecade.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Fallout 4: Pip-Boy Edition just might be the hottest gaming item this holiday season, and you can pick it up for just $119.99 shipped, this weekend only. It includes the highly anticipated game, along with a Pip-Boy Replica, Stand and Capsule Case. This wearable device faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, adjustable foam cuff, rotating knobs and lights. Designed to accommodate a variety of smartphone devices* with customizable foam inserts, the Pip-Boy is the ultimate accessory for the official Pip-Boy companion mobile app that allows players to manage their in-game inventory, perks, holotapes, and more. Product page (Xbox One | PC). Continue reading for a full video review and more information.

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Mass Effect Jack Real Cosplay

In the Mass Effect franchise, Jack, also known as Subject Zero, is essentially notorious criminal whose crimes include piracy, kidnapping, vandalism and murder. This character is also one of the most powerful human biotics alive, and considered so dangerous that she was kept in cryogenic stasis after being caught. Russian cosplayer and gamer Anna Ormeli decided to bring her to life. Click here to view more Mass Effect cosplayers. Continue reading to see additional images of Ormeli as Jack.

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Portal Wheatley

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For those who don't follow the games, Wheatley is basically artificial intelligence from the Portal franchise - first introduced in Portal 2. He's voiced by British comedian Stephen Merchant, and created in part by Portal 2‍ '​s designer Erik Wolpaw. To date, he has appeared in Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards and Lego Dimensions. Initially serving as a comedic foil to the player-character Chell during the first half of Portal 2, Wheatley becomes the main antagonist of the second half. Modder Evie Bee decided to make a real-life version. Continue reading for two more Whatley videos.

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