Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #38: N64 Transformers, Metroid Animation, Pokeball Replicas

[Welcome again to Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear! This is a weekly feature wherein I shine the spotlight on three of the best custom-made, video game-inspired projects I’ve come across this week. Whatever the game and whether it’s art, crafts, toys, cosplay, animations or anything creative, if it’s awesome enough I’ll share with you wonderful readers!]

N64 Transformers

How long has it been since you dusted off that N64? 5 years? 10? 15? Well it ain’t happy with the newer consoles taking over, so I’d sleep with one eye open if I were you. The Nintendo 64 is alive, and you better believe it’s equipped.

New York-based artist Baron von Brunk made not just an N64 console Transformer, he went as far as to turn four of the system’s components into awesome robots. The N64 console is named Ultra Hexacon, plus there’s a controller by the name of Tetragon, a Goldeneye cartridge named Hot-Shot and a Donkey Kong 64 cartridge named Mecha Kong. The controller looks like something straight out of Beast Wars, while Goldeneye has a fittingly spy-themed transformation and DK has a cute monkey controlling it. Stunning.

Also, you have to see the animated GIFs to really appreciate these. Check out the whole gallery here, too!




Metroid Animation

If there is ever plans for a Metroid-themed anime or cartoon, artist Dave Rapoza appears to be the man to go to. Dave made this brief but captivating animation of Samus landing on the planet Zebes, before shortly discovering mysterious alien activity and springing into action.

The clip would fit perfectly as an intro for a game. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the artist even reveals that the whole thing was made entirely in Photoshop–it’s all just individual drawings edited together into a movie!


Pokeball Replicas

Fact: every kid on the globe wanted to throw a real-life Pokeball from the ’90s onwards. Be it capturing the elemental beasts or unleashing their fantasy Level 100 monster, I’ve wanted everything from the Pokemon universe to be real, including those super-cool spheres of joy.

Well, PTX now has some incredible replicas for sale! At $100 – $150 it may seem a little pricey, but the quality and detail packed into these justifies that. Each model has a light-up effect around the ring button, and you can even choose between a clean or a battle-worn ball. Classic, Premier and Ultra Balls are available, with luxury, master and miniature versions on the way!

To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for #37: In-Game Duke Nukem Art, Super Modern Mario Bros., First-Person Sonic. You can find all our back episodes here.

If you’ve seen or made anything cool that you’d like to see featured, leave us a comment or send me a tweet! You just might see your name credited next week.

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