Inspired by this neat Nintendo Switch dock, I thought it would be fun to fit an entire game console into a power adapter. The idea is not so far-fetched, nowadays you can get a 4K computer to fit in a tiny box.
This wall adapter features a tiny wireless controller, about the size of the 8bitdo Zero 2. It stores in a small compartment, where it also docks and charges.
After plugging this into the wall, all that is needed is to run an HDMI cable to the TV. Only one cable to deal with! I currently have a Raspberry Pi Zero as my travel kit for gaming, and it needs an HDMI cable, the power adapter, and a wired USB SNES controller to operate. It’s often a tangled, bulky mess.
Speaking of the HDMI cable, I designed the shape of this device to act as a spool for the cable:
With the power prongs folded up, this would make for such a compact kit. I believe it would be small enough to be sold in vending machines at airports and hotels.
For this design I think a bunch of included 8-bit and 16-bit games would complete the package. An SD Card slot for adding games would be welcome too. If you want to be really fancy, this could include wi-fi and streaming apps. A variant with 2 controllers can be done as well.
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:
The GameCube adapter isn’t essential to everyone, so the space could be used for storing game carts or other small accessories.
This can also be done with Pikachu and his tail, however I went with Donkey Kong because I dig his tie. This is a protective case with a picture frame stand and game storage. Do read on!
Continue reading ➞ Nintendo Switch Protective Case Design
This clear plastic stand makes it appear as though the system is floating above Link, almost like he just acquired this item. You can hear that music right now, huh?
The fancy part is the USB cable, which clamps onto the Switch. It features a Triforce that illuminates when plugged in. When not in use, Link holds the USB cable.
Nintendo recently announced Smash Bros. will be hitting the Switch this year, so I dreamed up this display stand that was inspired by Battleship, the old board game. It’s handy for 2-8 players.
Continue reading ➞ Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch Stand
I feel this would be a fun promotional item for the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey (not that this game needs promoting): a Frisbee based on Mario’s hat, because the character is constantly throwing his hat like a Bond villain in the new game. Now you and some buds can throw the hat around like some cruel game of keep-away.
It’s a clear plastic disc, with the middle section either painted red or molded in red plastic. The red brim and white ‘M’ are painted on. The disc shape is similar to this. I’ve seen some fabric discs too, but they are completely flat and not ideal for this design.
Continue reading ➞ Super Mario Odyssey Frisbee
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