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NES Controller Valet Tray

NES Controller Valet Tray
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Reimagined Wood Shop has the perfect gift for the video game fan that has everything. This substantial 12″ x 5″ valet tray holds your coins, wallet, phone, keys, and more, all while looking like the classic Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Each one is CNC-carved from a block of solid lumber and comes in a variety of woods.

Making Majora’s Mask

Making Majora’s Mask

Svetlana and Benni of KamuiCosplay make incredible props and costumes. Their latest build is the eponymous mask from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. They made it entirely from sculpting EVA foam and then added LED lighting and a colorful paint job. This thing always reminded us of Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoot.

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Super-Realistic Grass

Super-Realistic Grass

Aussie developer Matt Newell is working on an interactive plaything called Lushfoil Photography Sim. Matt’s goal is to envelop players in the most realistic grass, trees, and other environmental elements across detailed landscapes. From the looks of this French Alps demo, we think he’s on the right track. There’s an 8K version here.

Super Violin Bros.

Super Violin Bros.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Super Mario Bros. theme performed on violin, but musician Teppei Okada’s version adds all the appropriate sound effects to a few different levels of the classic Nintendo platformer. He’s done the same for F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart among others.

NES Cartridge Notebooks

NES Cartridge Notebooks
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These officially-licensed Nintendo notebooks look just like NES cartridges – if they got run over by a steamroller. They have A5-size (5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″) ruled pages, game graphics on their inside covers and come in a slip-cover inspired by an NES cartridge case. Choose from Super Mario Bros. or Metroid versions.

Weird Al’s Pinball Machine

Weird Al’s Pinball Machine

Weird Al’s Museum of Natural Hilarity runs on the Multimorphic P3 pinball platform, which combines mechanical components with video screens. The game is packed with wacky levels inspired by his music. Obstacles include a hamster wheel and ball run course, and it plays 17 of Al’s novelty tunes and over 2000 voice clips.

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

For some reason, music from 8-bit and 16-bit games seems more memorable than most modern games. It probably has something to do with retro synthesizers drilling the sounds deeper into our brains. If you love retro game music too, hit play and listen up as BearKeys performs on a Roland Jupiter-6 synth. Part two here.

Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

Making a Hidden Arcade Machine

We love playing classic arcade games. But an arcade cabinet isn’t exactly the kind of thing you’d put right in the middle of most living rooms. Maker Alexandre Chappel shows us how he designed and built a 2-player arcade machine that hides inside of a sleek wood cabinet that hangs neatly on a wall.

Pocket Operator Capcom Series

Pocket Operator Capcom Series
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Hadouken! Teenage Engineering has teamed up with Capcom to create two pocket-sized sound makers, the PO-133 Street Fighter, and the PO-128 Mega Man. The Street Fighter model is a micro sampler with a built-in mic, while the Mega Man version is an 8-bit synthesizer. Both include sounds based on the games.

Plush SEGA Genesis

Plush SEGA Genesis
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Did you ever get stuck on a tough boss battle and want to throw your video game console across the room? Well, now you can – without doing damage. Kidrobot’s 12″ plush version of the SEGA Genesis console includes a plug-in plush Sonic the Hedgehog game cartridge and a soft and squishy game controller.

Tetris Waffle Iron

Tetris Waffle Iron
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Get your brick on every morning with some delicious Tetrimino-shaped waffles. This official Tetris waffle maker cranks out seven interlocking puzzle pieces, encouraging you to play with your food at the breakfast table. Earn bonus points for adding food coloring to the individual waffles.

Sculpting the Kirby Car

Sculpting the Kirby Car

With the possible exception of The Homer, the vehicular version of Kirby from Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the silliest looking car we can think of. Adam over at North of the Border sculpted a real-world version of the bubbly pink ride out of aluminum foil and clay.

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

The PlayStation 5 is a powerful piece of gaming hardware, but its design is definitely controversial, and it doesn’t exactly blend into its surroundings. So builders Chris Salomone and Shaun Boyd got to work to conceal the console inside of a wooden shell that looks like a gigantic version of the original PlayStation.

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PS1 Messenger Bag

PS1 Messenger Bag
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Celebrate your love for all things PlayStation with this official messenger bag that looks just like Sony’s first-gen PS1 video game console. It won’t play games, but it’s great for carrying them and anything else you can fit inside of its roomy main compartment or zippered side pocket. Measures 14.6″ x 10.6″ x 3.14″.

Block Line Engineer

Block Line Engineer

Electron Dust, the engineer behind the fascinating Octo-Bouncer, created this physics-based sandbox game where players build and position machines to toss and drop blocks into holes. Connect and program multiple robot arms and grippers to pass along blocks and feed them to the proper location.

Minecraft x Portal Music Sync

Minecraft x Portal Music Sync

DoodleChaos is a master at making digital worlds that sync up to the beat of music. In this video, they created a incredibly complex Minecraft level, with Portal-inspired gateways that lead to a wondrous world filled with music and visual delights.

Scathe (Trailer)

Scathe (Trailer)

This action-packed FPS from indie game studio Damage State promises “big guns and even bigger demons.” Your objective is simple: escape a maze filled with endless creatures and blow them all away. Coming to PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. A PC demo is coming to the 2022 Steam Next Fest the week of 2.21.

Live-Action Resident Evil 2

Live-Action Resident Evil 2

The first couple of Resident Evil games were groundbreaking but also suffered from some of the wonkiest controls, cameras, and load screens in the history of video games. TikTok user lake_skywalker perfectly captures the gameplay of Resident Evil 2 if it was remade with real live characters.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

Halo The Series (Trailer)

Halo The Series (Trailer)

Master Chief and the Spartans battle The Covenant again in this big-budget, live-action TV series. Expect lots of familiar weapons, vehicles, aircraft, and enemies in this action-packed show headed to Paramount+ on 3.24.22. Stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Jen Taylor, and Bokeem Woodbine.

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Austin Powers in Mass Effect: Part 2

Austin Powers in Mass Effect: Part 2

Austin Powers is back, and this time he’s in Mass Effect: Part 2. eli_handle_b․wav returns with another hilarious mashup of these very different franchises. This time, the swinging 1960s bachelor becomes the latest subject of The Lazarus Project, mows down a Geth Colossus, and has a sexy photoshoot with Kelly Chambers.

World’s Smallest Atari 2600

World’s Smallest Atari 2600
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This teensy replica of the Atari 2600 comes with a miniature TV cabinet. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is loaded with nine 8-bit video games, including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Combat, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong Tempest, Warlords, and Pac-Man. They’re not the original 2600 versions though.

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House

Stranger Things Arcade Machine Cat House
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Your cats will love hanging out in this old-school arcade cabinet, inspired by the Palace Arcade in Stranger Things. The cardboard cat house has two levels on which to lounge, each with a scratcher surface for kitty manicures and pedicures. No quarters required.

100-Voice Halo Choir

100-Voice Halo Choir

Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from Halo video game series.

DOOM Eternal Crucible Guitar IRL

DOOM Eternal Crucible Guitar IRL

In the Fortress of Doom in DOOM Eternal, you’ll see a trio of bad-ass guitars, designed by artist Ethan Evans. Orbital Guitars looked at the one in the middle called the Crucible, and said “yeah, I can make that,” and got to building a real-world, 8-string version of the guitar. It’s made from wenge wood and epoxy resin.

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Miniature Luigi’s Mansion

Studson Studio is a master at creating miniatures based on video games and animation. His detailed model of Luigi’s Mansion will bring a thrill to any Nintendo fan. He built it primarily out of foam and paper boards, coffee stirrers, and modeling compound. We love his creative use of food skewers for the fence.

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