I’ve been checking out these NES clone consoles that have come out recently for HD displays: the Retron 1 HD, Retro-Bit RES Plus, and the Gamerz Tek 8-Bit HD. I’m impressed that these complete systems all go for around $40. They all look decent, though I’m partial to the Retron design. That said I thought I’d put together my own design for a budget NES clone.
Continue reading ➞ NES Clone Console Design
This is actually a mini Foosball Table, I chose this 4-rod layout to mimic Rocket League’s 4v4 “Chaos” matchup. I don’t know if this is feasible as a real product, mostly because of the detailed shape of the cars compared to the simple paddle feet of normal foosball players, which could hamper play.
This is a no-frills design. LED’s could be added to the goals and field (for powerups). A glass bubble would make this look like a Rocket League stadium. The ball could resemble the one from the game too (complete with lights). I just wanted something as simple as me.
AtGames will be releasing their 8th Atari Flashback this fall (the first for HD displays), and judging by early reviews it’s a very good system at a great price. That’s the good news, the bad news is these Atari’s are kinda ugly! The big buttons on the console look as though Playskool or Fisher Price designed an Atari for toddlers, that’s the nicest way I can describe it.
Continue reading ➞ Atari Flashback Redesign
Another spaceship-as-a-tent design for your eyeballs, this time based on Samus’ trusty Gunship from the Metroid series. Can you imagine seeing this parked at a campsite? The tent’s owners clearly mean business, whether its exploring, hunting, or um, sitting inside playing video games all day — all valid reasons to own such a tent.
Continue reading ➞ Metroid Gunship Tent
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
Nothing too fancy here, just an Nvidia GPU card that pays homage to Nintendo’s Super FX Chip, which debuted with Star Fox in 1993. Was that the first time gamers were sold a graphics upgrade? Possibly, but feel free to correct me in the comments.
I’m kind of a sucker for PC parts that are black with gold trim, so I just threw together my personal preference here. I’ve been wanting to design a GPU for years and years, and while this design is nothing earth-shattering, it is what I want in my desktop this instant.