Game Genie Nintendo Switch Dock

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A popular item these days are “mini docks” for the Nintendo Switch, where you transplant the internals of the Switch dock into a much smaller case. The mini docks are very compact, and they do not scratch the screen when docking the console.

I think it would be great if such a dock looked like the NES Game Genie, mostly because the extending bracket makes for a good easel. Does anyone else miss cheat codes? It used to be such a big deal in gaming.

The one party trick I would include is that the case also stores the GameCube controller adapter, hidden behind the flap:

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The GameCube adapter isn’t essential to everyone, so the space could be used for storing game carts or other small accessories.

One-Handed Atari Controller

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In my opinion the Atari joystick controller is a bit too unwieldy, only because the games you are playing with it are very simple (like Pac-Man or Galaga). A one-handed controller would be ideal for a more relaxed gaming session, or to play and eat Doritos at the same time.

Fullscreen Retro Gaming Handheld

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If it’s possible to punch a hole in an LCD screen (like smartphones do to accommodate cameras), then several holes can be made to allow physical game controls to peek through a display.

This approach could be done for smartphones or next-gen gaming handhelds (PS Vita 2?), but personally I would be happy if this was a dedicated retro gaming handheld, of which there has been an explosion of new models this past year.

Floating Record Speaker

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Besides the volume knob this doesn’t have any moving parts. The “spinning” is made possible by embedding an e-ink screen (like those seen on a Kindle) into the record label. The end result is kind of an illusion, if you can look past the thicker record.

This could be a Bluetooth speaker or Personal Assistant (Alexa/Siri), and would be compact in size. The speaker is located in the base. The display could juggle artists and songs, but it would probably be easier to display the current app, such as Spotify or Apple Music. The metal spindle is pegged into a glass cover that overlays the display. E-ink displays don’t suffer burn-in so the spinning image can always be active when the device is. And lastly E-ink displays are available in full-color too.

Street Fighter Arcade Buttons

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With back-lit arcade buttons being more and more commonplace these days, I feel there’s a lot of potential for themed buttons. These wouldn’t be used for the primary play buttons, they are intended for secondary buttons like player select and menu. The ones for Street Fighter above are normal buttons with a teardrop-shaped mount.