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Defenders of the Triforce escape room 8-bit Cool Stuff

Legend of Zelda as an escape room game? Sign. Us. Up.

Escape rooms are generally a total blast. I did one here in Boston with co-workers a few years ago. We enjoyed it so much we even discussed plans of coming back. We didn’t. But this isn’t that story. I think the fun part of escape rooms is seeing how the…

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What’s cooler than The Clapper? The Zapper, obviously!

Amputated thumb in the above photo not included. Turning on a lamp should be fun and what better way than to use that old NES Zapper you have lying around. YouTuber user Wermy built this beauty with a couple arduinos, of course, and a few modifications to an NES Zapper….

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Original Metroid soundtrack made with analog synths is…perfect

If there is one game that defines my childhood NES experience it’s Metroid. It was such a perfect game in every sense to me. From soundtrack to the world to the sci-fi awesomeness down to the amazing surprise at the end. Most 8-bit soundtrack recreations are done in chiptune style…

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[Extra bits] DIY a retro multi-system controller

It’s snowing here in Boston. The city is pretty much on lock down with an expected 8 – 12 inches of snow. A perfect day to get some gaming in and knock out some fun DIY projects by Ben Heck. This time around he builds a multi-system controller using the…

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Nintendo released original manuals for the NES Classic Mini

Ok. Outside of not producing enough, which could be argued as the most important, Nintendo did an all around awesome job with the release of the NES Classic Mini. They brought back the old power hotline, the retro ads AND included digital versions of the original instruction manuals for each…

Famicom Unboxing 8-bit Cool Stuff

Ultimate Famicom unboxing

The unboxing ritual we see captured on every tech blog isn’t anything new. Since the dawn of new packaged technology, people have been unboxing. The excitement. The first smell of new plastic. The organizing and accounting for all expected parts within their own individual packaging is all part of it….

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Game Frame lets you show off your pixel art

Sometimes you just need to show off your love of pixel art in a classy looking display. Game Frame allows you to do just that. The LED display let’s you display custom made or preloaded pixel art via an SD card. It’s like a photo frame but for you digital…

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[Extra bits] Overwatch as a sidescrolling NES classic

I might be one of the few that doesn’t quite get Overwatch. By me even saying that I’m sure the internet can feel a disturbance in the force. I have plenty of friends who love it. I tried it but it was just too much for me. I’m realizing, in…