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Mini Handheld Game Console 2.0

This cheap and tiny handheld gaming system comes packed with 268 retro games. The titles are from the 8-bit Nintendo era, and while some appear to be based on legitimate game ROMs, others are clearly homebrews and obscure titles. Still, for just 16 bucks, it’s a fun little stocking stuffer.

Paper Mario Bros.

Paper Mario Bros.

Fans of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit game will love this hand-drawn animation, which lovingly replicates World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Kisaragi Hutae 6 combined paper cutouts and line drawings in his notebook to create this awesome little stop-motion short.

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John Wick the Hedgehog

John Wick the Hedgehog

Hot on the heels of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer, AOK is here to deliver the Sonic movie we really want, a story about a spiky-haired video game character who loses his pet fox to a gang of evil robots, and is hellbent on revenge. He’s coming to kick your ass, Robotnik.

Sonic the Hedgehog (New Trailer)

Sonic the Hedgehog (New Trailer)

After terrifying viewers with its earlier trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Paramount Pictures hopes audiences will forgive and forget, revamping the CG animated video game character with bigger eyes and fewer teeth this time around. Hopefully, the movie will be entertaining after all of the hubbub.

Arcade 1Up Star Wars Trilogy

Arcade 1Up Star Wars Trilogy

Makers of 2/3rd-scale arcade machines Arcade 1Up have released a cabinet that plays three classic Atari Star Wars video games based on the original trilogy. It features a 17″ color display, a 15″ arcade height riser, and is one of the only ways to play these games with the proper arcade controller. Also available from Gamestop.

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World

Scott Pilgrim Miniatures the World

Renegade Game Studios presents a competitive board game which pits Scott Pilgrim and his pals against the League of Evil Exes. The game includes sweet miniatures of the comic’s characters, 3D objects, and colorful game cards, all based on the art of Bryan Lee O’Malley. Available with painted or unpainted figures.

Backwards Video Game Themes

Backwards Video Game Themes

Do you think you could recognize familiar video game theme songs played backwards? Musician Stemage’s digital album Retrogression: Vol 1, features rock versions of classic themes, played in reverse. Songs like Sorb Oriam Repus (Super Mario Bros), and Sirtet (Tetris) sound surprisingly good, and vaguely familiar.

Tetris: Big Band Cover

Tetris: Big Band Cover

The 8-Bit Big Band offers up another phenomenal cover of a classic video game tune. This time, they take on block-stacking fun of Tetris, adding a bit of swing and a cinematic flair to the Soviet-era sounds of the theme song.

Moncage

Moncage

Alpha Beta Gamer shows off early footage of an awesome puzzle game concept. Players manipulate a 3D box that contains other 3D scenes on each of its sides. As you line up objects on its sides, you can affect the other scenes to solve its levels. A demo version is available for Windows, and takes just about 15 minutes to complete.

Diablo IV Unveiled

Diablo IV Unveiled

It’s been a long time coming, but Diablo IV is finally in the works. Blizzard’s cinematic first look at the game is dimly lit by torch, filled with creepy monsters, packed with tension. The story takes place many years after Diablo III, as Sanctuary faces its darkest days. Gameplay trailer here.

Death Stranding (Launch Trailer)

Death Stranding (Launch Trailer)

It’s been a long time coming, but Hideo Kojima’s epic action adventure finally hits PS4 consoles on 11/8/19. The launch trailer showcases the hauntingly accurate character modeling of its lead actors, along with the mysterious and dystopian future in which they reside, but still leaves us quite perplexed about the storyline.

Fantom PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit

Give your PlayStation 4 the extra storage space it deserves with Fantom Drives’ 2TB upgrade kit. The kit includes an external enclosure, a speedy Seagate Firecuda Gaming hybrid drive, a micro USB 3.0 cable, screwdriver, 16GB flash drive for OS transfer, and installation guide. Save 29% in The Awesomer Shop. (PS4 not included.)

Replicade Dragon’s Lair Cabinet

Replicade Dragon’s Lair Cabinet

New Wave Toys presents the latest in their series of miniature arcade cabinets, with a working clone of the Don Bluth animated classic Dragon’s Lair. The 1/6th scale machine features a spot-on emulation of the Laserdisc game, along with tiny controls, working secondary scoreboard, and an illuminated marquee.

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Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé

It may only be a video game fantasy, but Jaguar’s futuristic race car for Gran Turismo Sport looks incredible. The sleek, wide, and low racer takes inspiration from classics like the C-Type and D-Type, but is a modern powerhouse with over 1000 hp being generated by three electric motors, and a virtual 0-to-60 time under 2 seconds.

Eclectic Method: Road Mash

Eclectic Method: Road Mash

Remixer Eclectic Method teamed up with the DJs of Gamerdisco to create this fun dance track made up from the sounds featured in various old school racing games, like OutRun, Wipeout, Hard Drivin’, and one of our favorites, the classic smash ’em up Burnout.

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.

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!)

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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.

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