I’ve been checking out these NES clone consoles that have come out recently for HD displays: the Retron 1 HD, Retro-Bit RES Plus, and the Gamerz Tek 8-Bit HD. I’m impressed that these complete systems all go for around $40. They all look decent, though I’m partial to the Retron design. That said I thought I’d put together my own design for a budget NES clone.
Continue reading ➞ NES Clone Console Design
I didn’t realize how popular mini PC’s have gotten lately. Entire desktops with a Windows OS stuffed into a small case for a few hundred bucks, a bargain I would’ve jumped at a few times in the past.
Most cases are similar in shape and design to a Roku or Apple TV player, but seeing as they usually have ports on all 4 sides I was reminded of the Game Boy 4-player adapter, so I threw this concept together.
I’ve never used this Game Boy adapter before, but I was always fond of its design. I don’t think Nintendo has ever designed an ugly console or peripheral before. Well, maybe the original DS.
AtGames will be releasing their 8th Atari Flashback this fall (the first for HD displays), and judging by early reviews it’s a very good system at a great price. That’s the good news, the bad news is these Atari’s are kinda ugly! The big buttons on the console look as though Playskool or Fisher Price designed an Atari for toddlers, that’s the nicest way I can describe it.
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EverDrive Cartridges are game cartridges that feature an SD card slot for storing a large collection of game ROMs, essentially a multi-cart with a library you can edit. They are made for just about every cartridge-based console from yesteryear, from the NES to the N64. I think these products are great for allowing gamers to collect and play older games, despite the ROM piracy. Some games are tough to come by after a few decades.
I’d like to take the Everdrive a step further by including a screen and some play controls, transforming the cartridge into portable handheld console as well. It still plugs into a console for big screen gaming, but now you can take it on the road too. Sort of like a Nintendo Switch!
Continue reading ➞ EverDrive Cartridge Handheld Design
Nothing too fancy here, just an Nvidia GPU card that pays homage to Nintendo’s Super FX Chip, which debuted with Star Fox in 1993. Was that the first time gamers were sold a graphics upgrade? Possibly, but feel free to correct me in the comments.
I’m kind of a sucker for PC parts that are black with gold trim, so I just threw together my personal preference here. I’ve been wanting to design a GPU for years and years, and while this design is nothing earth-shattering, it is what I want in my desktop this instant.
I’m sure this is not the first time someone has thought of using an Etch A Sketch as a photo frame, but as a digital photo frame? Might be uncharted territory. What really clinches this concept is using an e-paper display screen (like a Kindle Paperwhite), for a black-and-white display that has no back light, making it look like a real Etch A Sketch toy.
This would sit on your desk and cycle through your personal photos, however I would use it for Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics. I suppose a clock and calendar could also be embedded in the display somewhere.
Each image would appear to be “sketched” when coming into view. I would also include an app to allow sketching with the knobs, if you feel like doodling stuff. You could also save sketches and see them in a slideshow too.
I really want this design, because the only cartridges I own are of the Game Boy variety, and I’d like to play them on an HD television. Right now my only option to play GB games via HDMI is the Retron 5, but that system is overkill for my needs.
Continue reading ➞ HD Game Boy System