Mama Mia: Mario Kart IRL

Mario Kart IRL

Mama Mia! The clever engineers of Waterloo Labs have created an incredible real-life Mario Kart track with a functional item system.

They explain: ‘The goal of this project is to recreate Nintendo’s Mario Kart game in real life. This involves building a system to control the movements of a full sized go-kart as well as a wireless communication system. The end result is a go-kart system where each player can race around a track and pick up items that alter the behaviors of the go-karts’.


Video source: Waterloo Labs on YouTube

I know you are probably itching to rush out to find this amazing track, but sadly it was only a temporary set up. However, all is not lost – the guys provide detailed information on how to build your own (please be sure to let us know if you do!).

And don’t forget to check out their other projects such as the Kinect-a-Sketch and the Eye controlled Mario.

Source: Waterloo Labs via Mashable

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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Time For Some Retro Recycling

What should you do when your console dies and goes to console-heaven? Take a leaf out of Michael Chipper‘s book and recycle it into a cool clock!

Game Boy Colour Clock
Game Boy Colour Clock

PlayStation Clock
PS Clock

PS3 Clock
PS3 Clock

Game Boy Clock
Game Boy Clock

Nintendo Wii Clock
Wii Clock

Xbox 360 Clock
Xbox 360 Clock

PS2 Clock
PS2 Clock

Xbox Clock
Xbox Clock

Source: SlothJunk on Etsy via Cheezburger

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
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‘Man at Arms’ Makes Link’s Hylian Shield

Shield

Watch the Man at Arms: Reforged team of blacksmiths and craftspeople from Baltimore Knife and Sword (Maryland’s  premiere shop for stage combat weaponry) make an absolutely beautiful replica of Link’s Hylian Shield.


Source: AWE me on YouTube

Source: AWE me on YouTube via Geekologie, DEFY Media

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Easter Retro Gaming Hunt At The Amazing Mill Markets

While kids everywhere were busying themselves on their Easter egg hunt, Ms. ausretrogamer and I were busy going on a different kind of Easter egg hunt. On our way to Queenscliff, we decided to pop in at the amazing Mill Markets in Geelong to see what was on offer. Upon entering the market, we knew we had hit the jackpot – there were all kinds of antiques, memorabilia and collectables to discover, from books and vinyl records, to toys and classic video games. We’ll let the photos below show the breadth of cool stuff that was on offer at the market.

What started as a quick visit turned into a three-and-a-half hour hunt – the Mill Markets is the kind of place you need to take your time to look in each stall and search for that little gem that others may have passed in their haste. Our nostalgic senses were in overdrive as we found items of interest in almost every stall!

There were retro games and systems aplenty, with most items being at reasonable prices. We were pleasantly surprised to discover retro gaming gear in a number of stalls on the ground floor and the mezzanine – obviously, our go slow and meticulous hunting plan paid off. The temptation to walk out with a boot full of stuff was hard to resist! I did manage to buy a few items, with the Milton Bradley Berzerk board game being my favourite of the lot.

If you happen to like going to vintage markets, even for a look, then Ms. ausretrogamer and I highly recommend The Mill Markets. There are three Mill Markets in Victoria – in Daylesford, Ballarat and Geelong (Newcomb). Best part is, they are all open 7 days a week from 10am till 6pm. What are you waiting for, go hunting!

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MM_fuelpump

MM_3DO

MM_Atari2600

MM_Batman_Player

MM_ElBarto

MM_DarthVader

MM_cashregister

MM_Flinstones

MM_games_galore

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MM_GBSP

MM_JohnRobot

MM_Lego

MM_LJN_WWF

MM_matchboxcars

MM_MOTU

MM_N64

MM_NES_Atari

MM_Muppets

MM_Projector

MM_PS1

MM_tabletop

MM_SSIgames

MM_Snoopy_coke

MM_SNES

MM_Tandy

MM_toys

MM_Tiger

MM_TMNT

MM_TrollDolls

MM_vinyl

MM_Yoyos

MM_Xenomorph

MM_upstairs

MM_topview

MM_Robot_upstairs

MM_Organ

MM_PS1_consoles

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MM_NES_SNES

MM_MrFreeze

MM_Joystick

MM_Japan

MM_GoldenArches

MM_Joker

MM_CRTTVs

MM_Atari4slot

MM_Berzerk

 

1Up Living: Furniture And Homewares For Geeks

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1Up Living makes and sells furniture and homewares for geeks – pixel art chopping boards, coffee tables, pixel wall art and Tetris shelves! But if you prefer to DIY – they also provide step by step guides, see here and here.

Chopping Boards
chopping boards

Coffee Tables
table 1

table 2

table 3

Pixel Wall Art
pixel wall art

Tetris Shelves
Tetris Shelves

Source: 1Up Living via @thinkgeek

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Retrogaming Toasters, The Best Thing Since The Breadbin

Retrogaming toasters – why not! Whether you want to play video games on your toaster, cook crumpets with your retro console, or decorate your bread with video game characters, there’s a product for you! Let’s start with the Super Nintoaster.

Super Nintoaster

As the name suggests, the Super Nintoaster is a Super Nintendo crammed inside a toaster – wow! Inventor Stupid Fingers explains it is ‘built from nothing more than a Super NES, a toaster, four different types of adhesives, magnets ripped from a broken hard drive, six orange LEDs, a bunch of resistors, plexiglass, and many many spare wires’.

super nintoaster

super nintoasterSource: Stupid Fingers via Geekologie

Nintoaster and Nintoaster II

Just as awesome as the Super Nintoaster is its predecessors the Nintoaster and the Nintoaster II also made by Stupid Fingers.

nintoaster 1 + 2Source: Stupid Fingers Nintoaster, Stupid Fingers Nintoaster II

But if you are feeling hungry, these actual toasters may be more to your liking – some are real products you can buy!

Super NES Toaster

How I wish the ‘Super Toast Retro Bread System’ was one of the real products, but alas – it appears to have been a 2012 April Fool’s Day joke.

super NES toasterSource: Spinning Hat via Bit Rebels

Space Invaders Toastie Machine

Chris Naylor designed this awesome Space Invaders Toastie Machine in response to a ‘retro Christmas gift’ brief during a one week industrial project in collaboration with M&S. Someone needs to manufacture this ASAP!

space invaders toasterSource: Chris Naylor on Coroflot via Remove the Labels

Nintendo Console Toaster

While I’m happy with a toaster being sacrificed to house a console, I’m not sure I am happy about the reverse.  It’s a good thing then, that this NES toaster is just a (fantastic) artwork (phew!).

Nintendo Console ToasterSource: Deviant Art – My Burning Eyes via The DIY Adventures

Hello Kitty Toaster

At last, here is a real product you can actually buy! Your day is sure to go well if you start it with a piece of Hello Kitty toast.

hello kitty toasterSource: Via Japan Newbie

Darth Vader Toasters

Bread, give yourself to the Dark Side.

darth vader toastersSource: Think Geek,  Amazon

Keyboard Waffle Iron

And there’s even something for PC gamers – a keyboard waffle iron, yum! This is actually one of artist Chris Dimino’s works looking at giving new life the now useless typewriter.

keyboard waffle ironSource: Chris Domino via Slippery Brick

VHS Toaster

Finally, if you are into DIY, you can make your very own cool VHS toaster. Just follow Instructables member Lemonie’s instructions. Lemonie was inspired by this clip from the classic British comedy ‘The Young Ones‘.

vhs toasterSource: Instructables

Watch it in action:


Source: YouTube

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DigitalSoaps: Soap For Retrogamers

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Chrystal Doucette started DigitalSoaps in January 2009, she was inspired to create her hand-poured retrogaming-themed glycerin soaps by memories of chocolate 5.25-inch floppy disks from her childhood. Although she didn’t find the chocolate disks, she found many molds shaped like electronics and the rest is history.

Check out Chrystal’s Etsy shop – it has enough soap and shampoo to even get Mario clean after a trip down the sewer! Here a few of the best (just don’t get them mixed up and try to use them with your precious consoles).

Chrystal and a SNES soap
snes soap

The Legend of Zudsa Ocarina of Grime!
Legend of Zudsa

Press A to scrub
nes soap

Gotta wash em all: Poke Ball with surprise toy inside
pokeball soap

Soapemon Game Boy cartridge set
pokemon soap

Soapy PlayStation
PS soap

Bath time awaits! PS4
PS4

Genesis does what regular soap don’t
sega genesis soap

Soaper Mario Bros. 3
soaper mario 3 soap

Soapic the Hedgehog 2
Soapic the Soaphog Sonic 2 Sega Genesis soap

Mario Bath 64
mario kart

Wetris
wetris soap

Jump in the bath: Xbox 360
xbox 360 soaps

Donkey Klean Country
DK

Source: Geekologie, DigitalSoaps Etsy Shop

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Editor and Researcher at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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