If you’ve ever tried to crack open your video game console for curiosity’s sake (or other, more devious purposes), you know how challenging it can be to find all of the right tools to get the job done without damaging your console.
The guys over at Destructoid dug up this $10 beauty. It’s a cheap gaming system which looks NOTHING like Sony’s PlayStation 3, but has the audacity to package itself as a “SONY PS3.”
The system actually appears to be one of those shoddy “Famiclone” systems designed to play old games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (aka “Famicom” in Japan.) My favorite part of the packaging has to be the bad Engrish translation that reads “Next System PlayStation Meeting.” For some reason, I don’t think you’ll be able to cram your Blu-ray disks in this one.
Got an itch to play some old Nintendo and Super Nintendo games? The FCTwin console lets you play both NES and SNES cartridges using a single, low priced console.
While it’s definitely not an official Nintendo product, the console does play original cartridges from the popular retro gaming systems.
The folks over at LucasArts are showing off some pretty cool new tech that’s planned for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, planned for next-generation consoles.
The first video shows off the enhanced AI engine (called “Euphoria”) which provides each enemy with a “central nervous system,” which makes them intelligent and emotional reactions to stimuli in their environment:
The second video shows off “Digital Molecular Matter,” which provides objects with much more realistic physical properties than seen in other game engines.
This little known SEGA Saturn SGX system is for sale on eBay. The Saturn SGX was designed to run SEGA Saturn games in video arcades.
Made back in the late 90’s by a company called SunSeibu, The SGX is basically a modified SEGA Saturn mounted in a heavy-duty metal enclosure with a coin-op mechanism.
While the Sony PlayStation 3 certainly hasn’t yet lived up to original expectations, there are still several million of us who did buy the console, and would like it to become part of our regular gaming regimen.
Some guy with too much time on his hands developed this painstakingly accurate menu system based on the Wii interface, coined “WiiOS.”
The menu system is a very faithful reproduction of the Wii menu system, and he’s got it all tied together with his Wii-mote to let him control some emulated console games on his PC.
My favorite console mod-god, Ben Heck is at it again. This time, he’s helped Engadget take Nintendo’s Wii gaming console and turned it into a laptop.
The portable features a 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, and even has a built-in “sensor bar” replacement at the top of the screen.
Nintendo announced today some facts and figures from the 2006 holiday selling season, and the Big N racked up some pretty impressive numbers:
During the November – December holiday period, over half of all gaming systems sold in the U.S.
We all thought Nokia had finally given up on their abysmal N-Gage portable gaming console / mobile phone combo, but apparently they’re not quite ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Nokia has recently launched an updated N-Gage website touting that “In mid-2007, the N-Gage experience will evolve.” and other intentionally vague marketing pablum.
If you’ve always wanted to build up a huge collection of vintage console games, now is you chance to do it in one fell swoop. Some guy over in Hamburg, Germany has decided to sell off his collection of over ninety classic (and not so classic) video game consoles on eBay.
I’m a big fan of Ben Heck’s amazing console mod projects, and this one is no different.
Ben’s latest challenge: turn an Atari Jaguar console into a portable. As usual, the result is quite stunning. He managed to cram the entire system into a box about 1-inch thick with a built-in LCD panel and the ability to run it off of a (somewhat unwieldy) battery pack.