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Nintendo Switch Launch Date

Set for a worldwide launch on March 3rd launch, priced at $299, the Nintendo Switch includes a 6.2-inch, 720p multi-touch tablet running at a 1280 x 720 resolution when used in a handheld mode. The Switch is capable of outputting full 1080p visuals through an HDMI connection to an attached TV when docked, while the Switch itself is powered by a custom NVIDIA Tegra processor. It offers 32GB of onboard memory, which can be expanded with microSD cards. Games are loaded on physical GameCards, making them easy to travel with. The console uses a standard USB-C connection, and connects to the internet through an 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection. You can pre-order here now. Continue reading for previews of five games.

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Razer Project Ariana

Razer's Project Ariana is similar to Microsoft's Illumiroom in that it's a projector that's designed to complement, not replace, your main display. The system combines an ultra-wide 155° fish-eye lens and a pair of 3D-sensing cameras to "paint" in-game footage, as well as related images (like weather effects) and colored lights, via Razer's Chroma lighting system, to provide an ultra immersive gaming experience. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Super Retro Boy

Photo credit: CNET | Gallery photo credit: The Verge

The NES Classic Edition may still be sold out everywhere, but soon, you'll be able to get your hands on a modern pocket-sized Game Boy, called the "Super Retro Boy". Featuring a 10-hour internal battery, backlit display, and compatibility with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges - a 10-in-1 cartridge is included. Expect to pay $79.99 when it hits stores this August. Click here for a few hands-on images. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Diablo Marriage Proposal

Alvin Lau (a Crusader) and Alexis Loo (a Demon Hunter) were playing Diablo III when they first started chatting, and eventually, their virtual online friendship became a reality., The two married last year, and decided upon a geeky Diablo-themed cosplay photo shoot, complete with costumes and props. Mezame took care of photography, while the Neo Tokyo Project created the weapons and props.Continue reading for more pictures.

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Steam Link

Valve's Steam Link streams directly from a gaming computer to any compatible television, and it's being offered for only $19.99, today only, originally $49.99. 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. Compatible controllers with Steam Link: Steam Controller, Xbox One USB wired, Xbox 360 USB wired, Xbox 360 wireless, PS4, PS3 wired and Wii-U Pro. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Commodore Run

Photo credit: Florian Renner

Industrial designer and 3D artist Florian Renner is back at it again, and this time, it's a modern take on the classic C64 Computer. Think of it as an iMac meets C64, complete with an illuminated keyboard that includes additional standard keys, replacing the original F-Keys on the right side to four programmable buttons which can be used to open / quit applications, start automator workflow scripts. etc. Instead of using normal hard drives, this machine employs two SATA ssd drives on the front, which are perfect for installing your own custom boot cards. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Modern Game Boy
Modern Game Boy

The Nintendo Switch may be launching in a few months, but there are still gamers waiting for an updated Game Boy, and this device, by F. Renner, gives us a glimpse at one possible design. It sports a cartridge slot, widescreen HD display, an SNES gamepad-style button layout, headphones jack, and traditional on / off switch as well as a volume toggle. If this were released today, we'd expect it to have WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, and possibly a 4G data connection for gaming on-the-go. Continue reading for more pictures, including one of a special Fallout edition.

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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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