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There’s a Cleaning Kit Hidden Inside This Portable NES so You’ll Never Have to Blow on a Cartridge Again

Do I need another portable gaming device weighing down my backpack every time I leave the house? My spine says no, but the retro gamer in me loves the idea of taking an NES with me wherever I roam. As handheld consoles go, My Arcade’s RetroChamp, announced at CES this year, pushes the boundaries of portable gaming. But for $80 (around £62, UK pricing TBC), its versatility makes it worth a spot in your throwback console collection. Read More >>

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CES 2019: The RetroChamp Turns the Original NES Into a Nintendo Switch-Inspired All-In-One Handheld

Thirty years after the original Game Boy was first released, handheld gaming is as popular as it’s ever been. Smartphones provide endless entertainment, and Nintendo’s current flagship console is even a portable device. But what if 1983-era technology had allowed the original NES to go portable? My Arcade’s new Retro Champ re-imagines Nintendo’s original 8-bit console as a Switch-like portable. Read More >>

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This Kit Lets You Make Your Old SNES Controllers Completely Wireless

For five years, 8Bitdo has been creating near-perfect wireless clones of your favourite classic gamepads, improving the experience of emulating retro games on modern devices. But if near-perfect isn’t perfect enough for your discerning gaming tastes, the company is now selling kits that should make it dead easy to upgrade your original Nintendo and Sega controllers with Bluetooth, without requiring any electronics know-how, or soldering. Read More >>

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NES Classic Mania to Return in 2018

Nintendo, in one of those news bursts it issues occasionally, has addressed the thorny issue of the NES Classic. It's going to be manufactured again, with the miniature retro machine hitting the shelves, and the eBay listings of scalpers, in the summer of 2018. Nothing was said as to why it can suddenly start making them again. Just be happy about it. Read More >>

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There’s Finally an NES Controller For Left-Handed Gamers

We’ve all seen the classic NES controller thousands of times, but look closely at this one, notice something slightly different? On the Goofy Foot NES controller, the directional pad and the A+B buttons are reversed, so southpaw gamers can finally feel comfortable playing their favourite classic games. Read More >>

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This Wireless Controller Adaptor Fixes the NES Classic Edition’s Only Flaw

Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is about as perfect as a gadget can get—except for those ridiculously short controller cables. You can already buy extensions, or you can just cut the cords completely now that the Retro Receiver Bluetooth adaptor works with Nintendo’s tiny game-packed console. Read More >>

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These GIFs are Pure NES-Inspired Nostalgia

Thanks to the new mini NES, we’re all wafting through fits of nostalgia for 8-bit graphics and classic Nintendo games. Jerry Liu loves this era so much, he decided to launch an art project dedicated to reliving our favorite game moments. Read More >>

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How To Make the Tiniest Nintendo Console of All

YouTube’s HMS2 wields a hobby knife like ancient samurai warriors wielded their katana swords. And with the help of equally precise tools like tweezers and toothpicks, the master miniaturiser turned a bunch of thin plastic sheets into an impossibly tiny Famicom console—the Japanese predecessor to the original NES. Read More >>

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The New Mini NES’ Guts Are Just a Tiny Linux Computer

The adorable mini NES Classic Edition is everything we hoped it would be and it’s sure to be a hit this holiday season. But what’s on the inside? GameSpot’s senior reviewer Peter Brown opened it up and found a tiny little Linux computer. Read More >>

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The NES Classic Edition Is Everything You Want It to Be

Nothing shaped my childhood more than Nintendo. Like millions of other little kids, I got a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas in 1988. It changed my life. At the age of six, the Nintendo was my first real “gadget,” and it was love at first sight. I don’t know if I would do what I do today without it. Read More >>

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This NES Controller Notebook is the Perfect Place to Jot Down Cheat Codes

ThinkGeek’s timing could’ve been better with this 240-page notebook inspired by the NES console’s boxy controllers. It would have been the perfect place to write down level codes, cheats, or draw out maps to help you navigate Metroid’s endless caves and caverns — when you were eight years old. But hey, it’s never too late. Read More >>

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How To Make Your PS4 or Xbox One Look Like a Retro NES

Let’s be real for a second: The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One designs are hideous. Both are great gaming consoles, but their cases employ the same look of every generic VCR from the 1980s. Thankfully, Etsy store-owner Decalgirl has a fix for that problem. Read More >>

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A Clever Way to Make The Legend of Zelda Beat Itself

Arbitrary code injection is fascinating stuff. Intrepid gamers have discovered hidden glitch worlds, turned Mario into Flappy Bird, or performed a standard action so many times it crashes the game. The original Legend of Zelda is susceptible too—as glitch hunter Sockfolder found out—and executing the following instructions skips past the vast majority of the game’s quest. Read More >>

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What Made Cartridge Games So Clever

Early consoles and home computers worked with extremely limited firepower. In those days, not only was the hardware less capable, there really wasn’t room for expandability to make machines like the Commodore VIC-20 or Famicom more capable. Or wasn’t there? Read More >>

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Brilliant Hacker Turned the Classic NES Zapper Into a Kick-Ass Toy Laser Gun

For the upcoming ‘Hacked on Classics’ festival being held in Brighton, this month, hacker Seb Lee-Delisle modified the classic NES’ Zapper accessory with LEDs, a green laser, the smoke-generating parts from an e-cigarette, and a small blower to create the convincing effect of a functional laser pistol. Read More >>