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When it comes to the art of papercraft, it seems gamers know how to do it right.  Back in January, I posted a really angry and rather bloody NES papercraft creation and found it to be rather impressive.  However, when it comes to the collision of papercraft and old school gaming, this incredible Excitebike papercraft is the best I have ever seen!

This incredible Excitebike papercraft was created by Tommy Perez who loved the game growing up.

For some reason I never played this game when I was younger but I have become aware of it over the years and this seems like an excellent tribute to the game.  I am very impressed with this 8-bit papercraft goodness and I hope Tommy does more stuff like this in the future!

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Excitebike Papercraft

Excitebike Papercraft

NES Excitebike Papercraft

Excitebike Papercraft

[Source:  Tommy Perez via it8bit]

In my 23+ years as a gamer, it is safe to say I have a ton of fond memories spending countless hours playing on both the NES and SNES.  While I still have both systems and they still work, I never play them anymore because I just don’t have the room to set them up (if you have seen my desk you would understand) so I usually resort to emulators to get my retro gaming fix.  However, for those that don’t want to mess with emulators but still get their NES/SNES fix on the go, now you can!

The fantastic folks over at ThinkGeek are selling the Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES game system for $99.99!  Not only does it work with your original NES and SNES cartridges, it lets you play on the go for up to 8 hours which is much better than any other portable NES or SNES system I have seen like the SUPABOY (which I’m told gets around 2.5 hours which is why I have hesitated to buy one).

Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES game system can also be hooked up a TV if you aren’t needing to be mobile and comes with extension controllers for multiplayer action.

If that isn’t enough gaming action for you, you can also play SEGA Gensis games on it if you buy a RetroGen gaming adapter for it.  I would assume the Super Game Boy adapter would also work for those looking to play some old Game Boy games without a Game Boy.

I plan on getting one as a Christmas gift to myself and I think you should get one too!  Otherwise, it would make for a great Christmas gift for that gamer in your family!

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Handheld NES/SNES Game System

Retro Duo Portable NES/SNES Game System

[Source:  ThinkGeek]

When it comes to NES console mods, there is a man on the interwebs known as Kevin that makes some rather spectacular NES console mods.  In the past, I have posted about a Super Mario NES console mod he did as well as an amazing Legend of Zelda NES console mod and it appears he is back at it again with a Donkey Kong NES console mod this time!

I really wish I had the console modding skills that Kevin has because I would really love to make me a Donkey Kong NES console like this (actually the Zelda one is my favorite so I would probably go that direction but this DK version is cool too).

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Donkey Kong NES Console Mod

Donkey Kong NES Mod

[Source:  Video Game Rescue]

Despite the fact that I have been a gamer for over 23 years, I have never once seen a Commodore 64 in person much less owned or played with one.  Were you a Commodore 64 fan in your younger years?  If so, then I think I have found a cake that is going to bring back a lot of fond memories!  At least I hope they are fond memories.

Reddit user HufflepuffsDingus (try saying that 5 times fast) recently posted this picture of a Commodore 64 cake his cousin received for their 40th birthday.  I love the funny reference to youth not being found.

As awesome as this cake looks, I still don’t care for the idea of using fondant on cakes.  I have never had a fondant that doesn’t taste like crap compared to real frosting.  Fondant may make for excellent looking cakes like this Commodore 64 cake but if you want to enjoy eating your cake, I would avoid it.

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Commodore 64 Cake

Commodore 64 Birthday Cake

[Source:  Reddit]

Have you been using the same Christmas stocking for years?  Are you ready for a change?  If you answered yes to that last question (I answered yes to both) and also happen to be a gamer, then I have found the perfecting Christmas stocking for you!  Nothing says I want Santa to bring me video games for Christmas quite like an 8-bit Christmas stocking hanging from the fireplace!

The fantastic and festive geeks over at ThinkGeek are selling this awesome 8-bit Christmas stocking for just $9.99!  This 14″ stocking is ready to be stuffed with all kinds of Christmas goodies!

Actually, if you are really looking to surprise that special gamer in your life this year, replace their current stocking with this one without them noticing and watch their face light up when they go to empty it on Christmas morning!

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Retro gaming 8-bit Christmas Stocking

8-bit Christmas Stocking

[Source:  ThinkGeek]

When I was playing Legend of Zelda on the NES as a kid, I would have never imagined people would eventually do all kinds of crazy things the Hyrule world map.  In the past, I have posted about people turning the Hyrule world map into a giant wall mural and even some using it to make a Legend of Zelda beer pong table, but now it appears one fan has recreated it with LEGO bricks.

A truly geeky fellow by the name of Michael Kuroda recreated the NES classic Legend of Zelda Hyrule map with LEGO bricks.  To give you an idea of the size of this Legend of Zelda LEGO build, each LEGO stud represents 16 × 16 pixels on the in-game map, and the overall LEGO map is 256 studs wide by 88 studs tall!

Compared to all of the other amazing LEGO builds I post, this one actually seems like something I could handle doing.  Unfortunately, LEGO bricks are a little on the expensive side so I doubt I will be doing this anytime soon although it would look great hanging over my bed.

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LEGO Legend of Zelda Map

LEGO Legend of Zelda Hyrule Map

[Source:  Michael Kuroda via Geekologie]