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Fake Nintendo cartridge iPhone covers

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2011

There’s this whole fascination with making iPhones look like different things by using clever cases, which makes us wonder…If the iPhone is so awesome looking, why are you hiding it? But that’s a question for another time. Behold, you can now make your phone look like an old Nintendo cartridge.

These iPhone 4 cases were designed by meteor and are made to look like the back of old Famicom and N64 cartridges. These cost a crazy $57, so we imagine that only hardcore Nintendo geeks will be rocking this look.

NES Cartridge Flash Drive with Console USB Port

Posted in DIY by Reuben Drake on March 9th, 2011

We’ve seen the NES modded into many different things and we’ve seen even seen NES cartridges used as cases for external hard drives, but this mod is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Ed Lewis created this NES cartridge flash drive with a NES console USB port. That’s right, there’s only one USB connector inside that console.

To make one yourself, all you need to do is open up the cartridge, take out the board and make a gap for a flash drive, then glue it inside. Then open up the console, cut a hole in the middle of the cartridge connector for the flash drive to slide in, and another hole at the back of the console for a USB cable.

Gameboy Advance cartridges turned into 4GB flash drives

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2010

I was never a big fan of the Gameboy Advance so I don’t have any cartridges lying around. But if I did, I would be turning them into flash drives, just like this one from etsy seller 8BitMemory. That cartridge above looks awesome as a functional USB flash drive.

Currently 8bit has several for sale including Metroid, Super Mario Advance, and Mario Vs. Donkey Kong. All the converted cartridges have a 4GB capacity and they retail for $39.99 each.

NES cartridge iPhone dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2009

NES cartridge iPhone dockWe all love NES cartridge mods. But here’s the thing. When it looks like a third grader did it, we aren’t really interested. A good mod looks like something that you could potentially buy and something that maybe you can’t do yourself. Sorry, but this misses the mark.

That Duck Hunt cart died for this? This is less of a mod and more of a cut hole and insert cable project. Plus it’s ugly. I don’t mean to be a downer, but this is the red-headed step child of mods right here.

NES Emulator Cartridge casemod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2009

NES Emulator Cartridge casemodA complete NES in a cartridge. This NES cartridge casemod holds a complete library of NES games, uses the original buttons, resides inside the Super Mario/Duck Hunt combo cartridge. Awesomeness? I think so.

But that isn’t all it does. It’s also an mp3 player, movie player and an FM radio receiver. It also features video out so that you can play on the big screen if you want. If only the NES had been this small originally.

Atari USB Flash Drive

Posted in USB Flash Drives by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

Atari USB Flash DriveSomewhere in a parallel universe where Atari is still king, this is what their flash drives look like. In our world USB flash drives are small and come in all sorts of shapes that are smaller than an Atari cartridge. Except this one.

The Atari USB flash drive comes with a USB cable to plug into your computer since the thing is too big to just hang off the USB port. It does evoke some nostalgia from those of us old enough to remember the Atari 2600.

Atari cartridge wallet shows where your money went in the 80s

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2009

Atari cartridge wallet shows where your money went in the 80sEtsy seller Nilesz recycles Atari cartridges into wallets. So you can pay for that cartridge all over again in the now. Yep, that’s a real cartridge. It now holds money as well as 80s memories. Nilesz says that “the only piece of the original game not used in the wallet design is the screw.”

It’s a fat wallet, but that just means it holds more stuff. He even made a promo video for them below. They sell for $40 – $80 depending on the rarity/popularity of a game.


Famicom cartridge becomes a Digital Camera

Posted in Digital Cameras by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2009

Famicom cartridge becomes a Digital CameraIf you have a Final Fantasy III cartridge laying around collecting dust, maybe you can make like this guy and gut it so that it can be merged with a Sony point-and-shoot digital camera. It’s pretty neat looking. Turns out a Sony point-and-shoot camera is just the right size to fit inside a hollowed out cartridge, so the camera innards have been fitted into the cartridge perfectly. Like it was professionally done.

We’ve seen our share of DIY projects made from old Nintendo cartridges, but this one is really sexy. It’s what a camera should look like. It will void your warranty, so only do this when it runs out.

Super Nintendo cartridge wallet

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on January 1st, 2009

Super Nintendo cartridge walletI know what you’re thinking. That this would be large than your current wallet and make you sit all unlevel, like having George Costanza’s huge wallet. But who cares? This is an awesome geek wallet. We’ve seen a lot os SNES cartridge mods, but this is a first.

The SNES cartridge has been modded to hold a photo ID on the front, but it has also been gutted like a fish and outfitted with a hinge so that you have storage space on the inside. If that isn’t enough, it has an LED that can be turned on and off. It also plays game music and noises. Crazy, right? If you are just aching to hide your cash in one, you can build one of your very own.

External hard drive in an NES cartridge case

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

External hard drive in an NES cartridge caseEtsy seller NES Box didn’t like the fugly exterior of their external hard drive, and so did something about it. That something was to drop it in an old NES cartridge case. The cartridge was just the right size, allowing the drive to fit in perfectly.

It’s powered by USB, so you won’t need any external juice. Created by them, it’s a one of a kind item.(Until someone else makes one) So it will cost you $180 if you want one. The only problem with putting things in old NES cases is that it might get lost among your other cartridges if you aren’t careful. Or your friend might borrow it instead of an actual game.

Entire NES in an NES cartridge

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2008

Entire NES in an NES cartridge
We’ve seen an NES shoved into an NES cartridge before here, but this modder known as “darkeru” has gone so far as to shove the screen in too. I admit, this one feels a little…weird and not quite right. It assaults the senses somehow. But it’s still cool. He must have used the old NES on a chip trick to get it all in there. I’m not sure where start and select are located. Hmmm. Without those functions I don’t think it’s an official mod. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go try to stick my entire DS into my DS cartridge.


NES MP3 player and speaker mod

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2008

NES MP3 player and speaker mod
Now this is a very awesome Nintendo mod. Not only did they turn the original NES controller into an MP3 player, but they went that extra step and turned one of the NES carts into a speaker. This is portable audio that’s sure to get some attention.

Who cares if the sound quality is crap. That’s not why you undertake a project like this. It’s for the glory. The deep down inside geek glory that burns inside like a raging storm. Here’s to you, unknown nerd who put in the hours and gave us this vision of NES awesomeness. We salute you.

Gold Nintendo cartridge on eBay for $15,000

Posted in Nintendo by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2008

Gold Nintendo cartridge on eBay up to $15,000
I’m not sure if Donald Trump is into video games or not, but if he is, somebody should alert him to the fact that the Holy Grail of gaming is on eBay right now at a reasonable(For him) $15,000. If he is into gaming, his toupee will do a backflip. It’s the Nintendo World Championships 1990 Gold Cartridge. It will likely go higher before it ends on Feb. 20th.

The story goes that only 26 of these gold items were made, and just 12 are believed to still exist. Apparently, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships were inspired by the 1989 movie The Wizard (Joy Stick Heroes). Get your bid in before the gaming gold rush starts. Note: This is also a must if you are a James Bond villain who named Goldfinger. But you would have to outbid Trump, which would make him your new arch enemy.