Mark Rober unveils his latest creation, the Dominator. This robot was designed for one specific purpose, arranging dominoes as fast as possible, and this former NASA engineer (worked on Curiosity rover at JPL) enlisted the help of two Stanford University freshman to help program the machine. In all, it took over 14,000 lines of code in addition to the 3D-printed funnels, custom components, and most importantly, omni-directional wheels. Read more for a video and additional information.
The problem with aimbots is that they can easily be detected, but University of Maryland engineers may have come up with a solution in the form of a 3D-printed soft robotic hand. That’s right, they came up with flexible, inflatable robots that are powered by water or air rather than electricity. An integrated fluidic circuit was then installed to allow the hand to operate in response to the strength of a single control pressure. Read more for a video and additional information.
It’s true, Super Mario Bros. 3 was set to arrive on the PC back in 1990 at the height of the NES game console’s popularity, but unfortunately, the port was never released. John Romero, co-founder of developer id Software, uploaded never before seen footage of the adaptation, and let’s just say that it stays true to Nintendo’s side-scrolling formula. Read more to see a demo completed on September 28, 1990 from IFD (Ideas from the Deep), the company that preceded id Software.
Sure, this isn’t a handheld game console that can be taken anywhere, but this nuclear-powered device is most certainly be a conversation piece. Inventor Ian Charnas decided to create a “Nuclear Game Boy” of sorts that runs on a nuclear-powered battery that takes around two months to fully charge. Unfortunately, it is only good for approximately 1-hour of Tetris gaming even after all that time spent powering up. Read more for a video and additional information.
At $2150 USD, this TAG Heuer x Nintendo Connected smartwatch could be the priciest yet, or at least for one featuring a video game character. Featuring multiple animated Mario watch faces and fitness animations that become livelier depending on the wearer’s level of activity, all running Google Wear OS. Another cool feature is that Mario greets you with a welcoming salute in the morning and as the day progresses, you unlock rewards at each stage of your daily target. Read more for a video and additional information.
Slated for release in Fall 2021 on the PlayStation 4 / 5, Xbox Series S / X, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is essentially Super Smash Bros., but with a cartoon spin that features characters from some of the television channel’s most popular shows. They include SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Powdered Toast Man (Ren & Stimpy), Nigel Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys), Helga (Hey Arnold!), Reptar (Rugrats), and more. Read more for the announcement trailer and additional information.
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A sealed The Legend of Zelda game recently sold for $870,000 USD, but today, this graded copy of Super Mario 64 set yet another record by selling for an impressive $1.56-million. It was graded a 9.8 by Wata games, which is just a notch below the 10 pristine grade, while the A++ refers to the seal-quality of the shrink-wrap. Considering this game was released on September 29, 1996, it’s rare to see a copy that is in even better condition than most from a factory case. Read more for additional pictures and a bonus video.
We covered the auction for a Wata 9.0 A Sealed [No Rev-A, Round SOQ, Early Production] NES Nintendo 1987 USA The Legend of Zelda game when it first began, but today, it ended with an eye-watering $870,000 winning bid, making it the most expensive yet. What sets this copy apart from the countless others people bought? It was a late-1987 production run called “NES R,” which came before the game’s wider initial production run in early 1988. Read more for a video on Wata grading and additional information.
Set to launch on October 8th and priced at $349.99 is the new Nintendo Switch (OLED model), which has a similar overall size to the original system, but with a larger, more vibrant 7-inch OLED panel. Plus, it boasts a wide adjustable stand for tabletop mode, a new dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio for handheld as well as tabletop play. Read more for the trailer and additional information.
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Yes, even 18-years after the original Nintendo Game Boy ceased production there is still at least one developer making new games for the console. Meet GreenBoy Games’ developer Dana Puch, a one-person studio still making physical cartridges, with the latest project being “The Shapeshifter”. Since Game Boy games are limited to 32kB and 1MB max in size, with 160×144 pixels resolution in just 4 colors, Puch had to get creative to make things work. Read more for two videos and additional information.