A Brilliant Toy Hacker Turned the G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

If you grew up in the ‘80s watching G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Action Force) and playing with the toys, you undoubtedly remember the Rattler, Cobra’s workhorse fighter plane. The original toy version was powered by imagination, but Adam Woodworth’s upgraded version—which actually flies—is instead powered by servos and ducted fan engines. Read More >>

This Upgraded Super Nintendo Clone Rekindled My Love of 16-Bit Gaming

A couple of years ago we reviewed a souped-up NES clone called the Analogue Nt with a prohibitively expensive, £380 aluminium housing. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but ultimately it only served to remind my coworker Adam Clark Estes of just how basic and boring 8-bit NES games are. Nostalgia really needs a ‘your results may vary’ warning, because my trip down memory lane with the Super Nt, a souped up $190/£137 SNES clone that works on modern HD TVs, instead reminded me how much I still love 16-bit gaming. Read More >>

I’d Actually Consider Going to a Spin Class If I Could Ride These Retro-Styled Exercise Bikes

When you think classic American design and cycling, you might think of the Schwinn bike, which looks like it was designed by an aerodynamics-obsessed automotive engineer. Schwinn has long since updated its bike designs, but the company pays homage to its past with an indoor bike that’s oozing with retro charm. Read More >>

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Watch the Complicated Smart Home of the 1980s in Action

Have you ever fantasised about having a house completely and totally managed from the comfort of your desk chair? Or are you just too lazy to bother flipping switches, but inexplicably willing to devote hours and hours to figuring out a computer program that does it for you? Today’s smart home tech makes all of this very easy, but complicated devices from decades past could help you achieve similar results. Read More >>

Watch This Guy Build a Nintendo Switch Clone That Plays Thousands of Classic Games

Still having a hard time finding a Nintendo Switch in stores? Or maybe you’re tired of waiting for Nintendo’s promised online store full of retro games? Tim Lindquist took things into his own hands and built a Nintendo Switch clone from scratch that can emulate games from over 50 classic systems. Read More >>

Tamagotchi is Back – And I Already Killed Mine

Just after 11 am on Saturday morning, I became the proud parent of my very first Tamagotchi, freshly hatched from its virtual egg. By yesterday afternoon it was dead; its passing a poignant reminder that the gadgets we adored as kids aren’t always as awesome 20 years later when we’re grownups. Read More >>

Classic Video Game Themes Sound Even Better Played Backwards

Video games like Super Mario Bros. and Tetris included some of the most catchy background music ever put on a cartridge. But would you recognise those same classic video game themes played backwards? An artist created an album featuring four memorable game themes performed in reverse, and we can’t stop listening to them. Read More >>

TVs in the 1920s Had Bottle Cap-Sized Screens, With Just 30 Lines of Resolution

Before you start complaining again about the lack of 8K video content online, take a moment to experience what TV was like 87 years ago. As Tim Rowett of Grand Illusions demonstrates, in 1929 TV screens were the size of bottle caps and boasted a paltry resolution of just 30 lines. Read More >>

This Gingerbread Apple II Computer Is Perfectly Edible Inside and Out

If you’re looking for a quick hit of internet fame around Christmas, consider baking up some gingerbread and making anything but a house. So far we’ve seen crashed Enterprises and Death Stars, but a gingerbread Apple II computer, complete with edible circuitboards inside, easily wins Christmas this year. Read More >>

This Tiny Gaming Console Can Play Retro Games From 28 Different Systems

Aside from the pointlessly short controller cables, the only other complaint we have with Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition is that it only comes with 30 classic games. There are so many classic consoles and retro titles to choose from, which is why the RetroEngine Sigma might be a better alternative since it promises to emulate over 28 different classic gaming machines. Read More >>

This Bluetooth N64 Controller is Every 90s Kid’s Dream

There’s really nothing like playing a Nintendo 64 game with one of the classic controllers. The problem is that classic N64 controllers don’t hook up to phones, tablets, or laptops, which makes playing console emulators a real pain. Now, there’s finally some sweet relief for retro gaming fans. Read More >>

Remember Playing ‘The Floor Is Hot Lava’ as a Kid? It’s Now a Video Game

When there’s nothing on TV, and it’s raining outside, and you’re bored of your toys, every kid always has one reliable way to entertain themselves: pretend the floor is lava and do anything you can to cross a room without stepping on it. It used to require a healthy imagination, until someone turned the idea into a video game. Read More >>

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Wooden Desktop Arcade Might Be the Most Beautiful Retro Hardware I’ve Ever Seen

8Bitdo, the company behind those Bluetooth SNES and NES controllers that let you play classic 8 and 16-bit games without annoying wires, is teasing this gorgeous wooden retro desktop arcade on its Facebook page. Read More >>

Why Settle For Just 30 Games When This Tiny Aluminium NES Clone Plays All of Them

Despite a £380+ price tag, the Analogue Nt, a gorgeous NES clone made from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminium, has been continuously selling out since it was first released back in 2014. If you keep missing out, you can always grab one off eBay for thousands of pounds, or wait until January when a smaller, cheaper, improved version will go on sale. Read More >>

Pac-Man Bomber Jacket Will Remind People of All Those Ghost Battles You Fought

They might not be remembered in 75 years the same way the battles of World War II were, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud of all the times you fought those menacing ghosts while playing Pac-Man as a kid. Now, you can commemorate your valiant deeds with this on this bomber jacket from Blues Heroes. Read More >>