Pinball Smartphone Cradle

Smartphone Nintendo Switch Pinball Cradle by Dave Delisle

Just add a smartphone or Nintendo Switch to this cradle/controller and you can play pinball video games. The bumper buttons and table-like orientation allow players to enjoy pinball just like they were playing on a real machine.

But wait, there’s more! Just slide the marquee and stand the device upright and it is now an arcade cabinet.

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The marquee slides on rails, allowing this to transform between pinball and arcade configurations. The marquee sign is a loose flap that swings down automatically in both modes, thanks to gravity. 

Nintendo Classic Mini Carrying Case

Nintendo Classic Mini Carrying Case by Dave Delisle

Carrying cases are trendy again, thanks to the surging popularity of the NES and SNES Classic Mini consoles. Thought I would design a case that features a built-in monitor, a handy feature for gamers who want a compact gaming rig, or a means to game on the go. This case is about the size of a large lunchbox, and was inspired by portable record players.

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It transforms from a suitcase into a retro TV, complete with a wheeled cart (the wheels are also functional in suitcase mode). The TV is a USB-powered portable LCD monitor. The flaps on the sides of the case clamp everything down in both suitcase and TV mode.

The transformation adds a great deal of versatility; theoretically you could always use this case, either as an entertainment center or means of transporting the game system.

NES Zapper Wireless Dongle

NES Zapper wireless 8bitdo dongle by Dave Delisle

There have been several wireless controllers released for the NES and SNES Classic consoles, and they all feature a dongle that, in my opinion, is a bit too large and unsightly to look at. So I propose a dongle that is concealed inside a NES Zapper.

The trigger of the Zapper would be the ‘sync’ button, and an LED light would be in its barrel to indicate power or syncing-in-progress. It would be a smaller Zapper to match the scale of the NES Classic.

With the NES Classic being re-released sometime this year (Nintendo: 2 controllers, longer cords, and Ice Hockey this time please), I feel this dongle design would be a hit with collectors. Some companies like 8bitdo sell their wireless dongles separately so people can just swap these in without having to needlessly buy another controller.

A R.O.B. the robot wireless dongle could also be made for the NES Classic. I don’t know what could be made for the SNES Classic, the Super Scope was rather silly.

Witcher 3 Endless Mode

Witcher 3 endless mode by Dave Delisle

I’m not an RPG gamer, I only checked out Witcher 3 because it reminded me of Red Dead Redemption due to the open world and horseback travel. Once I started playing I was hooked, within weeks I beat the main game and both expansions, then had another go because there were so many mission and story possibilities.

Nintendo 64 Classic Design

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The Nintendo 64 was revolutionary in countless ways, its impact still resonates in modern consoles and games. Unfortunately the N64 and its games have not aged as well as its predecessors, the SNES and NES. Some games like Mario 64 still hold up today, while others like Goldeneye 64 are difficult to enjoy after years of playing more advanced shooters.

SNES Everdrive Design

SNES Everdrive Mario Kart Lakitu by Dave Delisle davesgeekyideas

If you’re not familiar, Everdrives are flashcarts which store games via an SD card, and there are currently several on the market for cartridge-based systems, including the SNES. Thought I’d utilize the built-in LEDs, which happen to be the same colors as a traffic light, for this fun Mario Kart-inspired design.

Everdrives are a bit pricey but they can do some pretty cool stuff besides playing ROMs on original hardware, such as the ability to add CD-quality music to games. I would love to play Zelda: A Link to the Past with an orchestral score, or TMNT IV with arcade-quality music and sound effects.

Atari TV Design

Atari TV design by Dave Delisle

Another 4:3 gaming TV design, this one Atari-themed. I thought about designing TV’s with consoles built-in, but then I remembered those awful TV/VCR (or DVD) combos from over a decade ago, so for now I think it’s best to just stick to vanilla TVs that require separate consoles.