Not only can this portable media player crank out movies and music, but it can play games from classic consoles from Nintendo and SEGA too. It can even charge itself or other devices with its built-in solar panels.
What better canvas for your creative expression than an old 8-bit NES cartridge? That’s what the recent Famicase art exhibition in Japan was all about.
Satoshi Sagagami, who runs retro game shop Super Meteor, organizes the annual event which asks over 50 designers, illustrators, authors and game creators to create their own imaginary games and artwork using old NES carts.
While these brief musical interludes won’t win any prizes for their sweeping cinematography, they do win a place in my heart for being put together using some good old fashioned 8-bit gaming technology.
Created using a combination of retro console art (inspired by, but probably not actually created on an NES) and blips and beeps courtesy of the 8-bit Nintendo-powered FamiTracker, these mini videos do a great job embodying the spirit of these musicians, even if they are just represented as chunky blocks of pixels.
I’ve seen plenty of Nintendo NES clone systems in my travels, but this is the first time I’ve seen a mass-produced portable that can play the actual cartridges from the classic 8-bit gaming system.
The FC Mobile portable console plays original game carts from the NES wherever you go.
This awesome NES casemod manages to squeeze a fully-functional Nintendo 8-bit console into the body of one of the system’s own game cartridges.
The Fami-Card started out its life as an original Super Mario Brothers cartridge.
AMOG has compiled a massive list of NES and arcade games that will surely bring back memories of cartridge-blowing and hypnotic synth music. There are a whopping 95 games on the list; their titles are linked to websites where you can play them for free.
Sick of all those newfangled games on your Nintendo DS? This new gadget lets you dust off your old 8-bit games and play them on your DS Lite.
The CYBER Familator Lite plugs into your DS Lite’s GBA adapter slot and lets you plug in carts from the old Nintendo Famicom (aka NES here in the states), and play them right on the DS screen.
A perfect bathroom accessory to complement to those Mario Brothers air fresheners, this tissue box cover looks just like the original Japanese Nintendo Famicom console.
The box slips over the top of a standard box of tissues, and dispenses them from the cartridge slot.
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.)
The folks over at ThinkGeek have just started carrying this fun little Japanese import. It’s a portable alarm clock that’s shaped like case from the classic Nintendo NES joypad. Looks like they went with the color scheme from the Japanese original Famicom system though.