$5,000 24-Carat Gold NES? Sure Why Not.

Author Copy Created with Sketch. By Joe Svetlik Apr 5, 2016

If you still own an original NES, chances are it's looking a little worse for wear. So why not eBay it and buy yourself a 24-carat gold version instead?

That's what Analogue is hoping you'll do, anyway. It's just released an insanely luxurious (and expensive) version of its Analogue Nt console, which is made using the same insides as the original NES.

That means it plays the original game cartridges, plus it plays games from any region and hooks up to your modern TV using an HDMI socket. It's completely unofficial, of course. Nintendo has nothing to do with it.

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The gold model will set you back a whopping $5,000. It's been released to tie in with the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. In fact, it even comes with the original gold-coloured Zelda game cartridge.

Only 10 units are going on sale, so if you want one, you'd better be quick. You have to email your order direct to Analogue Nt. 

Missed out? Not to worry. There are plenty of other ways to play old games that will let you save a few thousand dollars in the process.


Building a Clock from Scratch Is Complicated and Mesmerizing

By Eric Limer Apr 7, 2016 92 Share Tweet Text Share E-mail

Building a mechanical clock is a long, involved endeavor but Chris, who runsthe YouTube channel Clickspring, offers a fantastic look into every step of the process.

Starting all the way back in February of last year, Chris embarked on a journey to build an entire Large Wheel Skeleton Clock from scratch, using only home equipment. The entire (lengthy) series of videos is an incredibly detailed first hand look at how every minute hand and gear and cog needs to be precisely designed and machined in order to add up to a mechanism that actually functions. 

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If you have the time, you can watch the whole process from scratch, but the most recent video details some of the finishing touches and the assembly of the motion and hands: 

Seem complicated? Difficult? Sure. But if the guitarist from Anthrax can do it, I bet you could too.


Glorious Hacked Game Boy Uses a Special Cartridge With Hundreds of Games on It

By Eric Limer Apr 7, 2016 625 Share Tweet Text Share E-mail

Emulators are fantastic. With just a little bit of software, you can replicate every console that you had (and didn't have) on tiny pieces of very cheap hardware. Every 90s console on a Raspberry Pi? No problem. It's not quite the same as using old hardware though, which is a problem YouTuber wermy set out to solve by cramming a whole computer into a Game Boy's body

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While this gadget still looks like a Game Boy on the outside, it's very much computer on the inside with a Raspberry Pi Zero working as its brain. That's impressive enough in and of itself, but the best part is how wermy modded a Game Boy cartridge to function as a case for a regular MicroSD card that holds all the ROMs you have (legal ones, I hope) and rigged the Game Boy's cartridge port up to the Raspberry Pi's CPU. The end result is that you can load up a whole library of hundreds and hundreds of games by slapping in a cart, just like you used to. 

It is without a doubt a fantastic idea, and very similar to the equally awesome trick of making a 118 GB floppy disk. Because yes, modern technology is great when it comes to processing power and storage capacity, but nothing can beat the satisfying thunk of an old-school cart. 

Source: wermy via Sploid, Digg