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Gamecube WALL-E case mod

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2008

Gamecube WALL-E case mod
Wall-E is adorable. Your Gamecube console is gathering dust. That’s right. Combine the two for one of the cutest and most adorable mods mankind has ever seen. There’s not much info on this mod, but the modder did a great job.

Wall-E looks appropriately sad. Probably because everyone has moved on to the Wii. Which brings me to my next point. Wall-E needs an Eve and I think it would only be fair to make her from a Wii. Very nicely done. It could only be better if he crawled around.

Entire NES in an NES cartridge

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2008

Entire NES in an NES cartridge
We’ve seen an NES shoved into an NES cartridge before here, but this modder known as “darkeru” has gone so far as to shove the screen in too. I admit, this one feels a little…weird and not quite right. It assaults the senses somehow. But it’s still cool. He must have used the old NES on a chip trick to get it all in there. I’m not sure where start and select are located. Hmmm. Without those functions I don’t think it’s an official mod. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go try to stick my entire DS into my DS cartridge.

NES business card holders

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2008

NES business card holders
What better way to proclaim your love of 8-bit gaming then with these NES business card holders. I’m not sure how serious you’ll be taken when you whip it out and hand out your card, but at least a little bit of Nintendo is with you at all times.

They retail for $8.80 with your choice of Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros, Zelda, Ice Climber or Balloon Fight and Famicom controller versions. Judging by the pic, these are more of a NES glaucoma test.

Retro Duo NES & SNES emulator

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2008

Retro Duo NES & SNES emulator
Some of us have an obsession with Classic Nintendo games, more specifically the NES and SNES systems. But a lot of nerds gamers don’t like to use their actual precious cartridges since they reside in a shrine somewhere in their mother’s closet. If that’s the case, this will do the trick.

It is both a NES and SNES emulator in one butt ugly console, that will play most titles and Super Famicom games. Plus it’s compatible with the original SNES controllers. Features standard AV RCA sockets,S-Video, and Famicom cartridges will work without adaptors. They’re working on original NES controllers and a light gun to work, too. It will cost you $45.99.

Super Mario wedding cake is a work of art

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2008

Super Mario wedding cake is a work of art
This has to be the awesomest geek cake ever. It was Flickr’ user M.A.L.’s wedding cake, and it seems to have everything in the Mario world represented nicely. It’s got Toad, Yoshi, Piranha plants, mushrooms, even the Chain Chomp guy. The castle on a planet was inspired from Super Mario Galaxy. The cake was created by Beth from Let Them Eat Cake in Costa Mesa, California.

Why don’t people ever divorce with such style? They should. You’re getting the hell away from each other after all which is cause to celebrate. Marry with a Mario cake and divorce with a Zelda cake, that’s what I say. Or a Tetris cake, that can be thrown at each other.

Firenes: Play any NES game for free in firefox

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

Firenes: Play any NES game for free in firefox
Here’s a super cool Firefox widget called Firenes. It lets you instantly play any NES game in right in your browser. Tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever. It took me almost an hour to write this because I couldn’t stop playing the damn thing. It’s free and easy to install, requiring just a lightning fast download that will give you a sidebar that is your gateway to NES heaven. Why are you still reading this? Get playing.

Holy Triforce: SNES Zelda mod is awesome

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

Holy Triforce: SNES Zelda mod is awesome
As far as I can tell from this guy’s French converted into my bad english, he was inspired by the Japanese version of the console. And of course, inspired by the Zelda games. Notice the beautiful blue light coming out from beneath making it look like it’s on some alien pedestool, the nicely rounded edges of the case and Link’s sword, yes Link’s sword sticking out of the case like Excalibur.

The creator also gave it a super slick mirror-like finish. I have to say, all that shiny Zelda green and gold makes for a dramatic effect. That my friends is a job well done. It belongs in a Nintendo museum somewhere.

Nintendo ordered to pay $21 million

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2008

Nintendo ordered to pay $21 millionYou might remember Anascape Ltd, the company that sued Microsoft and Nintendo back in 2006 for controller patent infringement. Well, they’re getting a huge payday of $21 million. A jury found that Nintendo’s Wii Classic, WaveBird, and Gamecube controller designs are all guilty of violating Anascape’s patents. Nintendo will of course appeal, probably telling the judge that nothing can touch them while they are using Mario’s “star power”.

Microsoft settled the case before the matter went to trial. Aside from this case, how many of you have ever heard of Anascape? Do they provide any products or services? Not really, aside from getting money for patents. They need a few Goombas sent their way.

Full NES system built into a game cartridge

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 21st, 2008

Full NES system built into a game cartridge
This awesome NES casemod might be one of the smallest ever. The builder managed to squeeze a fully-functional NES console into the body of a single NES game cartridge. The Fami-Card began life as an original Super Mario Brothers cartridge. French modder Kotomi went to town and ripped out the guts, transplanting them with the innards of a NOAC (NES on a Chip) system clone.

This new small console has an NES cartridge slot, power and reset buttons, a pair of joystick ports and composite video and stereo audio outputs. It’s pretty amazing seeing a cartridge play a cartridge.

Super Nintendo papercraft is ultra portable

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Super Nintendo papercraft is ultra portable
We told you about the tiny Nintendo DS back in February. If that didn’t combine paper and Nintendo to your satisfaction, then how about making your own tiny Super Nintendo?

This Super Nintendo can fit in the palm of your hand so it is very portable. It was created by Chilean papercrafter ryo007, and the tiny SNES even includes a pair of even smaller controllers AND a set of game cartridges. If you want to try your hand at making one, ryo has provided the cut-out diagrams on DeviantArt. Excellent work. I like that one of the cartridges is Super Mario All-Stars.

NES MP3 player and speaker mod

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2008

NES MP3 player and speaker mod
Now this is a very awesome Nintendo mod. Not only did they turn the original NES controller into an MP3 player, but they went that extra step and turned one of the NES carts into a speaker. This is portable audio that’s sure to get some attention.

Who cares if the sound quality is crap. That’s not why you undertake a project like this. It’s for the glory. The deep down inside geek glory that burns inside like a raging storm. Here’s to you, unknown nerd who put in the hours and gave us this vision of NES awesomeness. We salute you.

Nintendo scores 0.3 on Greenpeace rankings

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 20th, 2008

Nintendo scores 0.3 on Greenpeace rankings
Everybody loves Nintendo, whether you’re a Mario fan or just like to paint hobby horses like Yoshi and ride them. But according to Greenpeace, Nintendo does not love the environment. Not that Luigi’s clubbing baby seals or anything. Greenpeace’s latest “Guide to Greener Electronics” which tracks how green technology companies are on a scale from 0-10, ranked Nintendo dead last.

Adding insult to injury, they scored only 0.3 of 10. Philips, their closest competitor scored a full four points higher. This is out of nine different categories that they take into account for the score. Apparently one of the only things Nintendo did well was establish a Green Procurement Standards for Suppliers. Funny thing about that is that they didn’t actually provide the information. They only said that they had it. Their score on Chemicals Management was “Partially Bad” , everything else…”Bad”.

Nintendo’s Fils Aime promises something “big”

Posted in Nintendo by Darrin Olson on March 17th, 2008

Reggie Fils Aime promises a big game and release schedule for Q3 and Q4 from NintendoNintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime promises that something big is coming down the pike, but neglected to say exactly what. In a recent interview with GameTrailers, the Nintendo exec said that the companies release schedule for the rest of the year would be revealed at E3 in July, and that there would also be a new big game announced that would be available in time for the holidays.

“There’s gonna be a big game for the holiday that the gamers will want,” said Fils Aime. “All I can tell you is what we announce during E3 is gonna be fantastic. The gamer is gonna be excited and the expanded audience is gonna be excited.”

Nike Entertainment System: The NES sneaker

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

The NES sneaker
I’ve done a few retro video game mods in my time, but I’ve never been crazy enough to put an NES in a sneaker. Thank God there are others out there who will do it so I can see.

This shoe has a fully-functional original Nintendo Entertainment System built in, so you can enjoy all of your classic favorites right from your foot. It’s obviously got sole. Though, I’d feel really weird playing the NES from a shoe. How’s that for a pair of 8-bit kicks? Wait, there’s only one.

Nintendo launches TV Guide Channel in Japan

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on March 5th, 2008

Nintendo launches TV Guide Channel in Japan
Japan gets all the cool stuff right? Well, they just got more. Users in Japan now have access to a new channel. Not all of the details are known yet, but from what we can gather, with the TV Guide Channel, users can surf through shows on the EPG, share their favorites, use demographic data to see how popular a program is and even receive an alert 30 minutes prior to a show’s start time.

The main thing is, the ability to use your Wiimote as a television remote via the sensor bar. It will control all the usual functions like volume, switching channels. Jealous? Of course you are. We will just have to wait and see if we ever get anything like it here.