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July2012

  • News What's Cuter Than Pikachu? A Crochet Pikachu, Of Course

    But you knew that

    Everything's cuter when it's knitted: take this Sonic Sackboy, for instance. Could it make Pokémon mascot Pikachu any cuter, though? Yes, as it turns out, it could. Serial knitster MaDonna — she of Game Boy gloves infamy — spun a yarn Pikachu from her own pattern. We don't know much about knitting, but we're willing to bet...

May2012

  • News Upcycle Nintendo Gear into Office Equipment

    Get down to business

    If your GameCube's given up the ghost or there's more nails in your Nintendo 64's coffin than hairs on your head, you might be thinking of recycling it. Etsy store GreenCüb goes one better and upcycles dead consoles and controllers into office equipment. Graeme Abraham turns GameCubes into desk organisers — cleverly the...

  • News Felt Sew Good Sells Cushions of Your Favourite Consoles

    Soft sell

    An NES controller coffee table is all well and good, but we'd rather have something softer in our living room, wouldn't you? Online store Felt Sew Good just opened up and sells a range of cute cushions based on retro gaming consoles and controllers. NES, SNES, Game Boy and more are all represented in adorable form; there's even a Speak...

April2012

  • News This Giant Paper Samus Must Scare Off Burglars

    Postmen, milkmen unaffected

    If you want an effective — though unbelievably time-consuming — way to ward off would-be burglars, a 6'10" paper model of Samus Aran would probably do the trick. Flickr user IAmThatOneGuy (via Nintendo-Gamer) decided to recreate Samus in her Varia Suit from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes out of just paper. As the...

  • News 8-Bit + 6 String = NES Guitar

    Making beautiful music

    You can play a lot on an NES, but you know what you can't play on it? Stairway to Heaven. You could end all that injustice with an NES guitar. Get Lo-Fi (via This Is Why I'm Broke) makes and sells various configurations of the guitars — single coil pick-ups and rosewood or maple neck will set you back $155, while humbuckers...

December2011

  • News Get 5% Off Custom Nintendo Crafts at Broodr

    Festive savings

    In October we posted about Broodr, a crafts site that offers all sorts of interesting trinkets, from Game Boy Advance USB memory sticks to Game Boy Color soaps. With Christmas just around the corner we've teamed up with Broodr to offer Nintendo Life readers a 5% discount on all goods bought on the site. Simply make your purchase...

October2011

  • News We Love This Origami Wind Waker Boat

    Truly the King of Red Lions

    Last week's Gamecity festival in Nottingham had a strong Zelda focus, with the city centre becoming a replica Hyrule Town for the day, but we've got something much smaller and even more awesome to share. This origami replica of Link on board the King of Red Lions from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is just about the coolest thing we've seen in a long time. Depending..

  • News We Like These Tiny Pinball Tables and Arcade Cabinets

    Flipping cool

    Nintendo curiosities often fascinate, and these tiny replica arcade cabinets and pinball tables certainly fit the bill. The 1/12th scale models available to buy at Retro Heart includes classic Nintendo titles like Donkey Kong Jr., Mario Bros. and plenty more. Each model is individually hand-made, with glossy vinyl graphics and little

  • News Now It's Getting Cold, Stay Warm with Game Boy Gloves

    Look cool, feel hot

    Our readers in the Southern Hemisphere can comfortably look away now: this one's for the northerners currently approaching the chill of winter. You know we love some Nintendo arts and crafts here, and these knitted Game Boy gloves by Nintendo Life reader MaDonna could be just the thing for keeping your hands warm during the...

  • News If You Like Storage and Nintendo We Have Just the Site for You

    New life for old friends

    To many retro gamers, cartridges are hallowed things: plastic shrines that hold the sacred texts within. They're also really handy things for sticking hard drives and portable storage in too, of course. Crafts website Broodr has some of the more ingenious options we've seen so far, with everything from Game Boy Advance carts...

September2011

  • News Would You Trust a Goomba to Clean Your House?

    The uprising starts now

    Goombas are so much more than their common portrayal as easily vanquished stomp cushions would have you believe: they have other skills, like cleaning the house. That's right: someone made the inevitable leap and combined the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner with the Goomba and created... well, the Goomba Roomba, presumably. The...

August2011

  • News Super Smash Bros. Dices with Fan-Made Board Game

    For when a console won't cut it

    Taking all the action of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and turning into a board game is no easy proposition, but that's exactly what one fan has done to prove his skills. James Gabbard is the man responsible for this complicated but awesome-looking Super Smash Bros. Board game, put together to support his application for an unspecified 'awesome job'. The game isn't..

July2011

  • News These Handmade 3DS Cases are Awesome

    Score money off inside

    Etsy is a haven for talented creative folk with a love of video games, with dozens of Nintendo crafts, toys and trinkets available. The latest motherlode of Nintendo-related goodness comes from crafty New Zealander Ki and his handmade 3DS cases. The cases come swathed in designs ranging from a cheery Shigeru Miyamoto to a...

May2010

  • News These Pearl Harbor Paper Planes are Confusingly Cute

    Legendo's WiiWare shooter gets cut, folded and thrown

    If there's one way to get your WiiWare game on the news page of every Nintendo site going, it's clearly papercraft: last week's Bit.Trip Runner set may not have been as difficult as the game but it looks just as awesome, and now Legendo is following up with foldable paper versions of the planes from upcoming WiiWare dogfighter Pearl Harbor..

March2010

  • News Advance Wars Reaches New Levels of Boardom

    Take the fight to your tabletop

    We all love a bit of Advance Wars: on the sofa, on the bus and probably even on the loo. But on the table, with cards and counters instead of buttons and bleeps? Well, that's the ingenious idea of several enterprising chaps who've devised Skirmish Wars: Advance Tactics, transporting the turns-based war game into a turns-based war board game, complete with buildings,..

November2009

  • News Mario Bricks Himself

    40,000 bricks recreate Nintendo icon

    He may be more into the plumbing business, but that doesn't mean Mario can't get involved in the bricklaying side of things too, as this story proves. Made as part of the LEGO World Fair, this blocky brother measures nearly 6' tall and weighs over 110lbs, so whilst it may not be a hugely realistic effigy of the plumber it certainly looks the part. It took over..

June2009

  • News Captain Legolimar Lands in Denmark

    Little chap proceeds to fend off Lego Bulborbs

    Last week we brought you this superb Lego Donkey Kong level among other Nintendo craft treats, but the collision of Nintendo and Lego became a lot cuter with the arrival of Olimar and Louie, from talented Danish artist Filip Felberg. Check out the gallery in the link below, but be careful - those Lego Bulborbs are so scary they could give you..

  • News Nintendo Crafts Extravaganza!

    Necklaces, keyrings, dolls, Lego and... wine charms?!

    Let's face it - over the years, Mario has been pretty well merchandised. Chances are if you can buy it, you can buy it with Mario's grinning face on it. Even so, there's a booming trade developing of unique, hand-crafted Nintendo items available online that span all kinds of items you'd never imagined. A lot of them are on the popular crafter..