chris-littlechild - September 14, 2016
Â In my experience, there are a couple different kinds of retro gamer. There are those who arenâ€™t all that assed, and maybe dabble in a classic Street Fighter II or Streets of Rage on their PC every now and again. Then there are the super-faithful, hardcore, dedicated, retro heads. For these guys, authenticity is mothereffinâ€™ everything.Â
Emulators are for sissies. Sure, you can play Super Mario 64 on your cell phone while taking a dump these days, but whereâ€™s the fun in that? Youâ€™re missing out on the whole cartridge-blowing, often piss-poor original controller experience. It can be a pain in the ass to get Ye Olde consoles running on todayâ€™s TVs (have you ever tried playing Duck Hunt with the Zapper on one? Because you damn well canâ€™t), but thatâ€™s all part of it. Itâ€™s a point of pride.
Youâ€™ve got to make some concessions, though. This is freaking 2016, grandpa, you canâ€™t live in the past forever. Letâ€™s all admit that emulators, when all wrapped up in a fancy-ass package and such, can be pretty sweet.
Nintendoâ€™s got their own Mini NES console coming out this holiday season, preloaded with a selection of the best games the system had to offer. Iâ€™m not quite sure why, but Iâ€™m totally getting in on that as soon as possible. Until then, we can ogle some equally damn fine unofficial efforts, like the teeny-tiny SNES you see above (you do see it, right? Under the TV in the middle?).
Modder Lyberty5 put this teeny wonder together with plastic and clay. Itâ€™s about the size of two AA batteries put together, Game Informer reports, and houses a Raspberry Pi Zero and USB hub. Itâ€™s fully functional, gents.