Take your fave video game and fave board game and you get a Nintendo authorized Super Mario Chess Set, packed in a collector’s tin. On one side, Mario is of course the king, while Luigi plays queen, Princesses Peach and Daisy are bishops and Yoshi is the faithful knight. On the other side Bowser is king, Bowser Jr. is the queen and Magikoopa is the Bishop. Pre-order the Collector’s Edition for $39.99 and expect delivery sometime this month.
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Despite the weird word association photo, Excalibur’s Phantom Chess seems intriguing. Not only will it set up the pieces, its electro-magnetic system moves your men and those of your computerized opponent. Taken pieces are taken to the edge of the board. Add some battle sounds or keep track of the time on its LCD display. The game has 136 levels, 120 for play and 16 for analysis. It will even let you take back your last move, several of them, or the entire game. You can also switch sides or replay a game to check your mistakes. Our favorite part? The “Are you sure?” mode. Phantom Chess can run on AC or 6 C batteries and carries a MSRP of £155 (~$226.00.)
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Yasmin Sethi’s Chess Set was inspired by the classic novel “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” In the novel, the heroine becomes a human chess piece. Yasmin’s pieces are opaque until they are placed on the surface of the board. Then they become transparent. They are made of LightPoints, a glass material with LEDs. The designer says that his creation has a point.
“This is a comment on how a chess piece has no value unless it is in play on the board. If removed from the board, a pawn and a queen are equal, in that neither have any value.”
Hmmm. Very deep stuff. Fans of the Lewis Carroll novel will also appreciate the White Knights that only function when they are upside down.
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For whatever reasons, dogs and cats just don’t dig each other. Fortunately, they’ve found a way to hash out their differences in a calm, cerebral, setting: the chess board. The animals even decided to dress in medieval costumes, we’re assuming to class things up after decades of back alley fights. After checkmate is declared, the carved, poly-resin pets retire to the chess board’s drawer, where they await their next battle. The chess board measures 15” by 15” and weighs 16 lbs. The King piece is 3.5” high. Truly for the chess enthusiast, the set is currently on sale for $129 USD.
For those of you that play chess into the wee hours of the morning, Dutch designer Daan Van Tuldur has created a set that is lit by LEDs that are located in the 4 corners of the board. Black and white are replaced by matte and transparent squares, and all the pieces basically have the same shape. Besides this prototype, Van Tuldur has worked on many designs, including HotSpots, arcade-size retro systems geared for the next generation of Atari gamers.
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