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"Pixel Cartridge" wallpaper ⊟

By Masaaki Enami of Editmode. It’s, like, actual wallpaper for your wall, not for your computer. Via Miki800.

I’m way into the design, but I’m like a few months into peeling some stupid wallpaper remnants off my wall, so I’m not about to do this to my house.

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"Diggin in the Carts," a show about retro game music ⊟

Apparently there’s something called “Red Bull Music Academy,” and it’s making this rad series with interviews of both young musicians and legendary game composers, like Hip Tanaka, whaaaaat! Here’s the trailer for episode 2, which runs Thursday. You can watch the first here!

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I never knew Captain America fought Zechs Merquise ⊟
Looks like he did in this totally legit licensed Famicom game for the Marvel property. Thanks to Atari 5200 Controller for the pic.
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I never knew Captain America fought Zechs Merquise ⊟

Looks like he did in this totally legit licensed Famicom game for the Marvel property. Thanks to Atari 5200 Controller for the pic.

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Famicom Prime! ⊟
It’s Nintendo’s answer to the Mega Drive Megatron! Shame it’s just an illustration from Kamizono, and not an actual figure. However, we do have this fighting robot controlled with a Famicom controller!
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Famicom Prime! ⊟

It’s Nintendo’s answer to the Mega Drive Megatron! Shame it’s just an illustration from Kamizono, and not an actual figure. However, we do have this fighting robot controlled with a Famicom controller!

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Classy Famicom-style iPhone cover ⊟

The iRetro-FC iPhone 5/5s cover is based on an April Fool’s Day joke from this year, which purported to be a kit for playing Famicom carts on your phone.

But despite the reduced functionality, the actual item looks really nice! It’s a tempered glass phone cover with a pixelated Apple logo, Famicom red and gold color scheme and some authentic-looking extras.

Not sure how to get one of these outside of Japan, but SpecDirect is taking pre-orders for 4,000 yen ($40). Via Miki800.

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Famicom, Super Famicom, and PC Engine in a single console ⊟
Retron 5 is pretty cool and all, but it lacks a screen of its own. And it can’t play PC Engine games. And it’s not a weird tower thing, like this contraption spotted on Yahoo! Auctions by Famicom no Neta.
I adore this thing, but probably not enough for a starting bid of 25,000 yen ($246).
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Famicom, Super Famicom, and PC Engine in a single console ⊟

Retron 5 is pretty cool and all, but it lacks a screen of its own. And it can’t play PC Engine games. And it’s not a weird tower thing, like this contraption spotted on Yahoo! Auctions by Famicom no Neta.

I adore this thing, but probably not enough for a starting bid of 25,000 yen ($246).

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  • Source famicoroti.blog81.fc2.com

Forgotten Worlds - Famicom Disk System zine

I love this! It’s a cute fold-out booklet/poster featuring covers for Famicom Disk System games illustrated by Stephen Maurice Graham. The zine is part of Stephen’s Forgotten Worlds series, in which he explores “the lost video games of generations past and the innovative hardware that has influenced the current generation of systems today.”

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Analogue Nt: more information ⊟

I think everybody had questions about the Analogue Nt, the high-end luxury NES/Famicom system we posted yesterday. Analogue put up a FAQ that answers… some of them!

First off, the chipset inside, which ensures such excellent compatibility, is an actual Famicom! “We were able to procure a large quantity of HVC-001 Famicom systems that were in cosmetically undesirable unsellable condition. The plastic enclosure of the HVC-001 systems are notoriously yellowed, brittle and damaged. While the poor enclosure quality left these systems undesirable and sitting on a shelf, fortunately the CPU and PPU inside remain untouched and fully functional.”

Analogue has also refurbished controllers, adding NES-style connectors to Famicom pads and cleaning up NES pads for sale. In addition, “We were able to find a sizable quantity of brand new OEM NES controllers (likely the last in the world) and we have them available for sale in limited quantities.” Holy crap!

According to the FAQ, one weak point may be PAL compatibility, as “it uses the NTSC 60 Hz PPU versus the PAL 50 Hz PPU.” 

I’m probably going to keep posting about this thing, as an alternative to buying one.

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Analogue Nt NES/Famicom system up for pre-order ⊟

Analogue has opened pre-orders for its Nt, the Famicom/NES device with RGB output, four controller ports, and purported “unparallelled” compatibility with American and Japanese games and accessories. “The Analogue Nt is region free, equipped with the original NES controller ports, and even has the original Famicom Expansion port. All with no emulation.”

If I can use my NES Max with Japanese games, or get weird Fami accessories and play US games with them… man, that’s exciting. The Famicom 3-D glasses in the picture are a nice demonstration. And RGB output sounds nice. 

Here’s the thing, though. This ultimate compatibility and beautiful hardware design means a premium price. The Nt is $500, and that’s before you change the hardware color or add accessories. 

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"Children" Famicase design by Cory Schmitz ⊟
The My Famicase Exhibition show has opened in Tokyo’s METEOR store, and though the gallery isn’t online yet, pictures from the participating artists are starting to trickle out.
Here’s one by super cool designer/Tiny Cartridge site designer Cory Schmitz. His concept:

“THE CITY IS THEIRS.” While the grown-ups are hooked up to their VR machines, the children sneak outside & The City becomes their playground. Create your character, explore the decaying mysteries of The City, & watch out for rival gangs. 1 player.

Nubuwo has a roundup of some other fictional Famicom cartridges shown off on Twitter! And, as I must always mention when talking about Famicase, we had a design in the Famicase 2011 show, made with Ashley Davis!
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"Children" Famicase design by Cory Schmitz ⊟

The My Famicase Exhibition show has opened in Tokyo’s METEOR store, and though the gallery isn’t online yet, pictures from the participating artists are starting to trickle out.

Here’s one by super cool designer/Tiny Cartridge site designer Cory Schmitz. His concept:

“THE CITY IS THEIRS.” While the grown-ups are hooked up to their VR machines, the children sneak outside & The City becomes their playground. Create your character, explore the decaying mysteries of The City, & watch out for rival gangs. 1 player.

Nubuwo has a roundup of some other fictional Famicom cartridges shown off on Twitter! And, as I must always mention when talking about Famicase, we had a design in the Famicase 2011 show, made with Ashley Davis!

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Clear Famicom case for your 3DS XL ⊟

Catering to our obsessions with making video game systems we play look like another video game we used to play, Datel will produce this neat protective shell for 3DS XLs. It goes well with this case, too.

NintendoTweet points out that this releases in Japan in late June for ¥1,490, or around $14.50.

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Analogue Interactive’s high-end aluminum Famicom/NES ⊟
Analogue Interactive, the company behind the gorgeous wooden Neo Geo systems, is doing something I’ve never seen before: a luxury NES/Famicom. The Analogue Nt is being put forward as an NES for “audiophiles” and “videophiles,” the “highest quality way to experience the NES and Famicom.”
And no, I don’t know what that means! I do know that it has four controller ports and a case built out of a solid piece of aluminum, along with hardware custom engineered by Analogue.
We’ll find out more when the company releases details at the end of the month. Being neither an engineer nor an audio/video-phile, I can’t speak to the meaning of a higher-end output of NES games, but I do think this thing looks cool and will be worth following up on.
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Analogue Interactive’s high-end aluminum Famicom/NES ⊟

Analogue Interactive, the company behind the gorgeous wooden Neo Geo systems, is doing something I’ve never seen before: a luxury NES/Famicom. The Analogue Nt is being put forward as an NES for “audiophiles” and “videophiles,” the “highest quality way to experience the NES and Famicom.”

And no, I don’t know what that means! I do know that it has four controller ports and a case built out of a solid piece of aluminum, along with hardware custom engineered by Analogue.

We’ll find out more when the company releases details at the end of the month. Being neither an engineer nor an audio/video-phile, I can’t speak to the meaning of a higher-end output of NES games, but I do think this thing looks cool and will be worth following up on.

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