This Nintendo design was inspired by a power strip I bought recently. It looked like a plain white generic thing, but when I plugged it in it became this TRON-like device thanks to some translucent blue plastic throughout the sides. It only used the one LED light located under the switch, and I thought it was a neat way to expand the light’s usage.
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In the past few years Kintaro and RetroFlag have released a bunch of Nintendo-inspired cases for the Raspberry Pi 3, and they are all pretty darn impressive (personally I’m holding out for a Sega Genesis version). Thought I would design a case for the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero based on the R.O.B. toy.
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Now that we have the technology, it is possible to create a Game Boy that looks exactly as it appeared on the original packaging. Basically a back-lit keyboard meets the Game Boy. Just an idea for a possible Game Boy Classic.
This entertainment center is a copy of the ‘World of Nintendo’ display case that used to reside in video game stores back in the 90’s, minus the sliding glass on the front. It’s the ideal size for a flat panel display and some game consoles.
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There are portable SNES and NES systems that are very large in size, due to the big cartridges that they cater to. One cool thing about these systems is that they can be turned into a normal console, just add some controllers. You even have the option of connecting them to a TV.
I would like to see a Game Boy that is similar in size to those aforementioned systems, with the same controller and TV functionality. The 5-inch screen alone would be a worthwhile selling point for many gamers.
To switch from portable mode to console mode, I included a built-in adjustable stand which also doubles as a cover for the SNES controller ports:
I chose SNES controllers because those ports are smaller, plus I find the SNES controllers to be more comfortable in general.
I went with a built-in stand because this system would have a thinner profile compared to those other large portables, so some help was needed to keep it upright.
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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.
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. You never really have to remove the console.
There is a drawer beneath the system to store controllers and accessories, perhaps a power supply as well for mobile gaming.
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.