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Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

If the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1920s instead of the 1980s, the music its games played might have sounded a bit like the ragtime jazz piano arranged and played brilliantly here by musician Scott Bradlee.

Nintendo Pipe Mug

Nintendo Pipe Mug

Take a trip to a secret world of caffeine with ThinkGeek’s officially-licensed mug is a 3D version of the warp pipe from the original Super Mario Bros. game. It even includes the floor tiles as a base. The mug can hold up to 15oz and is made of ceramic.

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Head 2 Head Arcade Cabinets

Head 2 Head Arcade Cabinets

Arcade1Up offers up a 2-player arcade experience in a mini cocktail cabinet. Each system has dual controls and a 17″ display. The Pac-Man editions include 8 games, while the Street Fighter units have a dozen games. The colorful versions are available from Gamestop, while the black editions are exclusive to Arcade1up.

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Internet Archive: MS-DOS Games

Say goodbye to productivity today. Thanks to the folks at the amazing Internet Archive, you can play thousands of retro PC games right in your web browser. Their extensive software library is packed with classics like The Oregon Trail, SimCity, Prince of Persia, Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Leisure Suit Larry, and many more.

Super Soprano Bros.

Super Soprano Bros.

(PG-13: Language) Upper State’s darkly-comedic parody of The Sopranos imagines if the show was set in the Mushroom Kingdom instead of New Jersey. It’s so well executed, it could have been an actually episode of HBO’s hit drama. Actor Max Koch’s Gandolfini impression really helps sell it. (Thanks Ryan!)

LEGO GTA

LEGO GTA

While LEGO has bent some of its rules about violence by offering weapons with some of its Star Wars sets, the brand is still pretty much about clean, wholesome fun. But that didn’t stop Nukazooka from imagining a LEGO movie based on the world of Grand Theft Auto.

Retro Tech: The Famicom Titler

Retro Tech: The Famicom Titler

Back in 1989, Sharp took the electronics from a Nintendo Famicom 8-bit gaming system and tricked them out to create an early piece of home video wizardy – a tool that could be used to create titles and graphics to overlay on video recordings. Nostalgia Nerd got up close with this obscure gadget to see what it could do.

The First Video Game

The First Video Game

Ahoy presents an incredibly in-depth analysis of the origins of video games, swiftly debunking any confusion that Pong was the first video game ever, and looking back at early titles like Computer Space, SpaceWar!, Tennis for Two, and their programmers. Turns out hunting down the very first video game isn’t that simple.

Sid Meier’s Civilization Deals

Love computer strategy games? Build empires on your Mac with this special deal on Sid Meier’s Civilization series. We’ve got bargain prices on Civilization V: Complete, Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, and Civilization VI: Gold Edition, all in The Awesomer Shop.

Tilt Five AR Gaming System

Tilt Five AR Gaming System

This innovative headset gaming system turns a blank tabletop game board into a richly interactive 3D environment. Players wear special glasses which let them see holographic imagery, and control the game using a wireless wand. It looks legit, but it’s not a cheap setup for multiple players.

Humanity (Teaser)

Humanity (Teaser)

It looks like the fascinating crowd physics game we first saw in 2018 is finally heading towards a game console. In Humanity, you’ll direct massive throngs of people through moving mazes on a quest to keep as many of your minions alive as possible. Coming to PS4 in 2020.

The Last of Us Part II (Trailer 2)

The Last of Us Part II (Trailer 2)

The follow-up to Naughty Dog’s outstanding post-apocalyptic FPS The Last of Us won’t be available until February 21, 2020, but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait, with plenty of bone-chilling cinematic scenes, dark storylines, and tension-filled gameplay.

Cyberpunk 2077 Laser Gun

Cyberpunk 2077 Laser Gun

LaserGadgets likes to build all sorts of cool prop weaponry using lasers. For this custom-commissioned build, he created a Militech handgun that looks like it came straight out of the CD Projekt Red RPG Cyberpunk 2077. The hefty replica has LED illumination, and a bright blue laser that’s powerful enough to burst balloons.

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Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Video Game Fingerstyle Guitar

Musician Marcos Kaiser is a master of fingerstyle guitar technique. Check out his awesome renditions of themes from Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, and Mortal Kombat, then browse his YouTube channel for more great covers from TV and movies.

Arcade Sofa

Arcade Sofa

Harkening back to the shape of classic arcade machines, Harow’s compact sofa looks like a great place to chill out and play video games at home. It can be made with custom artwork, and custom sizes, and is made from recycled wood, steel and velvet-covered cushions.

Untitled Goose Game

Untitled Goose Game

Developed by House House, and published by Panic, this silly sandbox game drops you into the role of a mischievous goose who sneaks around a neighborhood, stealing objects and pranking people in order to wreak havoc on their otherwise dull lives. Out now on Nintendo Switch and PC.

Arcade Puzzle Coasters

Arcade Puzzle Coasters

Celebrate your love for classic arcade games with this set of fun drink coasters. Each plastic coaster features a motion puzzle inspired by an 8-bit game, including Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Q*Bert, and Space Invaders. Sold in a set of four.

GameShell Hackable Handheld

There are lots of handheld retro game systems, but the GameShell offers far more versatility than others. In addition to playing emulators for Atari, GB, GBA, NES, MAME, MD, PS1, and more, its modular construction and GNU/LINUX-based dev kit encourages you hack and modify to your liking. Some assembly required.

Minecraft Beat Saber

Minecraft Beat Saber

Beat Saber is one of the most fun and addictive VR games we’ve played, but it requires a head-mounted display and VR controllers to play. DoodleChaos decided to see if he could make a rudimentary version of the game in Minecraft, by dual wielding swords and whacking flower pots while rolling down a track in a mine cart.

VPCabs Upright Pinball Machines

VPCabs Upright Pinball Machines

VPCabs has been making truly impressive virtual pinball cabinets for a while now. These models let you play modern and classic games in a compact space. The Vertigo is a 76.5″ tall machine that stands like an arcade cabinet, while The Vortex is a 39″ tall tabletop model. Both can play classic arcade games too.

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Destructible Environment Demo

Destructible Environment Demo

Game developer Dennis Gustafsson is working on a voxel-based engine that features incredible environmental destruction physics. While the video posted by Bluedrake42 is lacking in gameplay, to see how the world reacts to damage is one of the holy grails of gaming we’ve been promised and has yet to be delivered.

The Outer Worlds: Come to Halcyon

The Outer Worlds: Come to Halcyon

The latest trailer for Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds is disguised as a recruitment video for the Halcyon Colony. Come live and work on Terra 2 – a “gently terraformed” world with minimal hiring standards, run by awful corporate overlords, and teeming with scum, villainy, and a variety of terrifying creatures.

Nintendo Beatbox Medley

Nintendo Beatbox Medley

Beatboxer 80Fitz presents mouth sound versions of classic Nintendo music, including tracks from Super Mario Bros., Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario World, Kirby’s Dream Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Digital Foosball Table

Digital Foosball Table

Interactive system maker Realtime Department shows off a modern version of the classic foosball game where you never have to worry about losing the ball again. It features a 4K display and spinner style rod controls, and its virtual stadium and player uniforms can be customized.

Level 20 RGB Standing Desk

Level 20 RGB Standing Desk

Thermaltake’s height-adjustable gaming desk has RGB LEDs all around its perimeter that can be synchronized with other Thermaltake or Razer Chroma products. It has an electric motor, a removable full-length mouse pad, and can hold up to 330lb.

Sonic Surfing

Sonic Surfing

The original Sonic the Hedgehog has one of the most catchy and memorable soundtracks in the history of gaming, thanks to composer Masato Nakamura. Now listen as 130Grit Sound Studio performs a trio of familiar tunes from the game, done wonderfully in Dick Dale/surf rock style.

The Sounds of Mortal Kombat

The Sounds of Mortal Kombat

(Gore) If you’ve ever played a Mortal Kombat game, you know just how nasty the fatalities can be. Accompanying the brutal imagery are appropriately gut-wrenching sound effects. VICE News takes us inside Netherrealm’s Chicago HQ to see how they created some of the gnarliest noises in Mortal Kombat 11.

Video Game Metal Tribute

Video Game Metal Tribute

It’s a couple of years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

Kerbal Space Program 2 (Trailer)

The cinematic trailer for the interstellar follow-up to the popular space sandbox game Kerbal Space Program doesn’t show any gameplay, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, as Kerbals race through space backed by M83’s epic Outro. For more on the game’s new features go here, and learn more from the developers.

mClassic Game Enhancer

mClassic Game Enhancer

While implying that the mClassic is a graphics card upgrade is a reach, Marseille’s HDMI dongle does an impressive job smoothing out the jaggies of last-gen gaming systems, upscaling them better than most TVs can, and giving images a crisper look overall. It even improves the image quality on some newer games.

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

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