Video Game Crafts ‘N Gear #46: Nintendo Phone, Mario Piranha Plant Cakes, Backlit Mega Man 2 NES

[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!]

Nintendo Phone

While it’s an incredibly unlikely scenario, let’s entertain the notion that Nintendo would enter the mobile market with their own hardware. Now imagine that the company went full force with a retro design perspective, and the image in your head might be as cool as these Nintendo phone mock-ups by artist Hocori.

The artist design iPhone-like devices with the design of the Super Famicom (the Japanese name for the SNES), complete with added D-Pad and buttons. Imagine carrying NES, SNES, N64 and more games on these bad boys!

[Thanks, Kotaku]

Mario Piranha Plant Cakes

Ah, cake pops. All the deliciousness of a cake with the style of a lollipop. How could you possibly improve such a concept? Add a Super Mario theme, you say?

Over on the Cakecrumbs blog, professional cook Rhiannon loves to style up her cakes and recently she decided to turn the idea of simple cake pops into the popular Mario foes, Piranha Plants. They looks so good I wouldn’t want to eat them… that is, if they weren’t made with dark chocolate and raspberry, which is too amazing to resist in any situation. If you fancy making your own, head over to the blog for detailed instructions and a very helpful amount of pictures to assist you.

[Thanks, Geek Crafts]

Backlit Mega Man 2 NES

Did you know it’s Mega Man 2’s 25th anniversary next month, on December 24th? That’s right, it’s been almost a quarter of century since its Japanese release and the game is still not only considered by many as the ultimate game in the franchise, but a primary foundation for the platforming genre. It’s definitely time to celebrate, and we have just the thing to do so.

PlatinumFungi assembled the case, while Custom NES Guy handled the paint job. Together, the pair have created the greatest customised NES I’ve ever seen. With Mega Man’s beautiful baby blue colour, the top of the console has all nine of the game’s bosses laid out just as it is in the in-game stage select, and the Mega Man life icon on the side to indicate “25”. They even painted controllers to go with it, which look just as stunning as the system.

But none of that is even the best part. This thing is backlit! Turn off the lights, and you can see all the baddies’ faces glowing in the dark. Words can’t describe the awesome, so you’re just going to have to see for yourself. Check out the video below which showcases the whole mod, complete with fantastic remixed music by BossFight.


[Thanks, Obvious Winner]

To check out last week’s featured Crafts ‘N Gear, here’s the link for #45: Canned Duck Hunt Dog, Dr. Robotnik Poster, Isometric Mario Art. 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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