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Super Famicom as tissue holder ⊟
@deto0000's Super Famicom broke, but a new use for the now dead system was quickly found. It's perfect for, say, when you're crying over your broken Super Famicom. Via Famicom no Neta.
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Super Famicom as tissue holder ⊟

@deto0000's Super Famicom broke, but a new use for the now dead system was quickly found. It's perfect for, say, when you're crying over your broken Super Famicom. Via Famicom no Neta.

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Yes, there was a calculator for Game Boy ⊟

Long before iOS apps, or even DS “non-games,” the Infogenius series cornered the then-nonexistent market for productivity software on handheld game consoles. Seen above is Spell Checker and Calculator, but Frommer’s Travel Guide, Spanish Translator, French Translator, and Personal Organizer and Phone Book were also sold in 1991.

The most remarkable InfoGenius cart is the Personal Organizer,” according to a ubiquitous column by Chip and Jonathan Carter (seriously, I’ve found it in like five different newspapers). “Simple Game Boy controls let you store names, addresses and phone numbers. You can keep track of appointments and events with the day planner and find dates through the year 2000 with a calendar.”

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Bust a Move 4 coming to PSN ⊟

Yeahhhh, gonna be able to download Bust a Move 4 on my Vita sometime this spring! And my PS3 and PSP should I decide to. Natsume is publishing the game as a PSOne Classic in North America.

This version of the Puzzle Bobble/Bust a Move series adds pulley levels, in which two sets of bubbles are attached to one another via ropes and pulleys, so you have to keep them balanced while breaking them.

This was a great game… on the Game Boy Color, where I played it, so I can only imagine the PS version is better. It’s got to be better as a handheld Puzzle Bobble than Bust a Move Universe.

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Super old game Mach Rider on 3DS VC tomorrow ⊟

Mach Rider was one of the launch games for the NES in 1985, and probably one of the lesser-known ones. And now it’s coming out on 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow in North America!

I can’t remember if I’ve played Mach Rider, actually, which means that either it’s the rare early NES game I missed, or it’s totally forgettable. Either way, it’s neat to see such a vintage NES game show up on 3DS.

Mach Rider is pretty weird among Nintendo games: post-apocalyptic motorcycle gun combat isn’t really, like, Nintendo’s usual mood. Even weirder, it’s based on a toy from 1972 that wasn’t a motorcycle.

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Spelunker cartridge cosplay ⊟

Okay, so it’s just a t-shirt with the Famicom cartridge design on it. This is just one of the designs on Japanese site Dune, and I want all of them. But mostly this one.

At this point I think I should remind you that Spelunker HD is amazing, much better than the original. It’s, perhaps, the hidden gem on the PlayStation 3’s PSN. Via miki800, of course.

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Dragon Quest floor mats ⊟

Add mystery, intrigue, danger and implied dungeons to your home with these Dragon Quest floor mats, on J-List for $23 each. The 50cm square mats come in staircase, journey door or poison swamp styles.

I wonder if you could use a poison swamp tile to keep your cat away from an area… it’s a good look anyway!

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Shinjuku Dungeon makes a train station into an RPG ⊟

Well this looks great. Shinjuku Dungeon by Daisuke Uehara builds a retro-style RPG from the real-life floor plan of Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station. What a clever idea! 

If I recall correctly, Shinjuku Station is pretty much a nightmare of identical-looking space, so it’s good for a tile-based RPG. I can’t vouch for the quality of this iOS/Android game, but luckily I don’t have to, because it’s free. Via @mulboyne.

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NES Rygar modded into God of War game ⊟

With a new title screen, a new character sprite, and some edited text, Rygar, a story about a dead soldier from “Argos” with a chain weapon dealie, becomes God of War. You can download the patch here thanks to pacnsacdave.

I didn’t realize it until after seeing this mod, but God of War in general bears a resemblance to the PS2 Rygar game, huh? I don’t think that Rygar game was good enough to be much of an inspiration, but they cover kinda similar ground.

And now help me out: Eric said he wasn’t much into NES Rygar, but I regard it as a beloved classic. Am I addled by nostalgia?

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All right, you got me, Famicom earbuds ⊟
They have a built in mic… shaped like the Famicom’s player 2 controller. What an awesome detail! They’re 1944 yen from Amazon Japan, and come from Datel, who has been killing it with the retro accessories. Via Miki800.
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All right, you got me, Famicom earbuds ⊟

They have a built in mic… shaped like the Famicom’s player 2 controller. What an awesome detail! They’re 1944 yen from Amazon Japan, and come from Datel, who has been killing it with the retro accessories. Via Miki800.

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The other new mode has you trying for high scores in three rapid-fire levels from different NES games, using a scoring system inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, I missed this detail about NES Remix 2. I’m not sure how this mode (which requires you to own both games) works, since two of the games from NWC 1990 (Tetris and Rad Racer) aren’t in Remix 2, but the scoring system there took your time to pick up 50 coins in Super Mario Bros., score in a Rad Racer course, and Tetris score into account.

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I guess it could just be the coin time plus score in a few other selected games. In any case, this is awesome and amazing and I am shocked that Nintendo acknowledged the NWC in a game in 2014.

Between this and Super Luigi Bros., NES Remix 2 is turning into a dream game! Credit to Fabian for this GIF from The Wizard!

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Famicom/Game Boy pouches for 3DS XL ⊟

Datel has followed up its Retro Face Pouch and Game & Watch style 3DS cover with these two 3DS XL cases. Not really feeling the Game Boy style case, but that minimalist-ish Famicom is great!

Both ship in April from Play-Asia, for $22 each.

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Mega Drive Megatron ⊟

He’s Megatron, and he’s a Mega Drive.

Mega Drive Megatron.

Thanks to @feitclub (and other awed toy/game fans) for pointing this out! We don’t have release details yet, so now we all have to go on with our lives knowing that this exists and we can’t have it. Do you feel that new Mega Drive Megatron-shaped void opening up in your heart?

[Update: Game Watch mentions that the figure will release in Japan this summer. Thanks for the link, Eduardo!]

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