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.

Turbo Grafx 16 NES Clone Console

Turbo Grafx 16 NES console by Dave Delisle

This was going to be my original approach for the previous NES clone console design, but once I settled on a clear plastic cover for the cartridge bay I opted for a Nintendo look. Thought I’d revisit the concept, which is a homage to the unloved TurboGrafx 16 (PC Engine in Europe/Japan). 

Toy Story 2 SNES Controller

Toy Story 2 SNES controller by Dave Delisle

I was going over the dozens and dozens of SNES USB controllers listed at Amazon, and it occurred to me that no one made a version that resembled the controller at the beginning of Toy Story 2. Maybe someone could offer this color variant? I know I’d want one.

Jewel Case Game Consoles

Jewel Case Game Console by Dave Delisle

I expect we’ll be getting clone consoles for the first wave of disc-based systems (like the PSX, Sega CD, 3DO, Saturn, and Dreamcast) any month now. So I thought I’d put together a console design that can lend itself to all cartridge and disc-based systems.

Prediction: Game Boy Classic Is Next

Game Boy Classic mockup by Dave Delisle

Many folks believe the Nintendo 64 mini classic is next on deck after the SNES classic releases next month, but I’m pretty sure Nintendo wants to remain in the late 80’s/early 90’s era of their history and will opt to release a Game Boy classic handheld instead.