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USB Clock Wakes Up With Music

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Music, USB,

USB Alarm ClockThanko has designed a clock that will allow you to wake up to music, your cat purring, the ocean, or any other soothing sound you desire. The USB Retro Alarm MP3Clock can be customized by connecting it to your PC. It is compatible with Windows 2000/XP, can hold up to 50 seconds of WAV/MP3, and uses 3 AAA batteries for up to a year of use. We are considering making it a gift for our kids and preprogramming it so that we won’t have to scream personally to get the recipients to wake up. The timepiece is available at AudioCubes for $39.99.

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Cassette Tote Keeps Gadgets Dry and Comfy

Classic Cassette ToteIt almost frightens us that this tote bag is already considered retro. Carry all your hi-tech gadgets in the low-tech Classic Cassette Tote that measures 16 x 10.25 x 4.5-inches. It is made of non-woven flexible plastic to keep your iPod, iPhone, and any other iGadgets safe and dry. The handles resemble unraveling tape and the bag is available for $14.99 from perpetual kid. At least there is no rewinding involved, but merely unwinding on your next trip to the beach.

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Virtual Console 7/30: Star Soldier, Dynamite Headdy, And Drop Off

Dynamite Headdy Sega Genesis boxartWhile the Xbox Live Arcade is set to get the classic Marathon, Virtual Console’s additions this week include Star Soldier (vertical shooter; NES, 500 Wii points), Dynamite Headdy (platformer; Genesis, 800 points) and Drop Off (puzzle; TurboGrafx16, 600 points) – all pretty old titles. This is really a hardcore retro week, apparently.

All three are now available. Check after the break for more details.

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Jelio Lite Table = New Lite Brite?

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Household, Toys,

Lite Table

Retro clothing, gadgets, toys, accessories, etc. seem to be the rage these days (that is if your idea of “retro” is the 70s and 80s), which is why we loved the Gold Cassette Belt Buckle, the Boombox Bag and the Pac-Man Belt. Now we’re getting all wistful over Jellio’s Lite Table, which has 100 large, colorful acrylic pegs to arrange and re-arrange to create your own designs. And of course the pegs light up when “positioned over a small light source.” Somehow we suspect grown-ups will create decidedly different —and more adult—designs from the rainbows and unicorns we made as kids. Sounds like fun and it’s a great conversation piece, but feel it’s a tad expensive at $600 USD.

 

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Honor Your Gaming Past with the Pac-Man Belt

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Wearables, Video Games,

Pac-Man Belt

Similar to the gold cassette belt buckle, we bring you retro attire that is guaranteed to elicit wistful, nostalgic smiles from passersby. This time it’s the Pac-Man Belt, adjustable up to 42”, made of black canvas and trimmed in blue, with Inky, Pinky, Blinky and the oddly-named Clyde running all around the belt.  But we’re wondering if all that even matters to hardcore fans of the game.  Just looking at it makes us long for the 80’s, when it was all about putting quarters on the arcade machine to guarantee “we have next”.  But the belt —and the game—is likely to find a whole new audience, thanks to the new version, with new mazes to conquer - Pac-Man Championship Edition.  Available for almost $20 USD.

 

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Xbox Live Arcade 6/6: Pac-Man Is Back, Now With Neons

Pac-Man Championship Edition

Today’s XBLA release was first revealed yesterday as Pac-Man Championship Edition. Before you roll your eyes thinking that this is another port, you’d be well advised to give it a look – despite being 800 points ($10), this is a pretty rock solid release. I spent some time with it earlier today and had a blast; expect a review in the next few days.

New modes and redesigned mazes are the big attraction here (although those neon visuals sure are pretty). The new modes are as follows:

 

  • The Championship Mode. This is the main game mode designed by NAMCO BANDAI Games and Iwatani specifically for the championship round of the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship. This mode – as well as all others within the “Pac-Man Championship Edition” – features redesigned mazes with wide maze walls and a widescreen configuration to better enable high-speed game play. Timed limit of five minutes.

  • Challenge Mode 1 (Patience and Reward Course). This mode is an evolution of the Championship Mode.  Patience mazes strategically offer fewer Power Pellets and Reward mazes provide a large number of Power Pellets – providing unique challenges and rewards for the player. Timed limit of 10 minutes.

  • Challenge Mode 2 (The Darkness Course). In this mode, only the area directly around Pac-Man and the Ghosts is visible and the maze walls are completely hidden. Timed limit of 10 minutes.

  • Extra Mode 1 (The Freeway Course). An extremely high-speed mode for advanced players, this mode features warp-speed Pac-Man and Ghosts and plenty of tunnels. Timed limit of five minutes.

  • Extra Mode 2 (The Manhattan Course). A mode inspired by the streets of Manhattan — the home for the first-ever Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship. Timed limit of five minutes.

  • Extra Mode 3 (The Overall Course). A mix of all other modes resulting in extreme mazes for the most devout Pac-Man fans. Timed limit of 10 minutes.
  • GameTap to Offer (Some) Free Games

    Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Internet, Video Games,

    Joust LogoClassic video game fans, rejoice! GameTap.com, the website where you can play hundreds of old-school video games for a $10 monthly fee, will start offering a handful of games for free, starting next month. The catch? You must sit through a video commercial first, and there will be an ad on the side of the screen during gameplay. Sounds easy enough, and the free titles are a great bunch, including Space Invaders, Rampage, Metal Slug, Joust (woo hoo!) and a Tomb Raider game. Just wish the site offered Berzerk, which we’d so pay for…

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    Castlevania Heads To Virtual Console

    ShockmanHeadlining this week’s Virtual Console releases is the original Castlevania for the NES. At 500 points, gamers can explore the origins of the franchise as it appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Those used to the later entries in the series will find this version somewhat limiting – the exploration elements and many of the control refinements wouldn’t appear until later releases. Instead, gamers will get six levels of sidescrolling platform action.

    The other two releases this week could best be defined as “cult classics.” The Legend of the Mystical Ninja for the SNES probably didn’t have a huge following on its original release, but for 800 points gamers can experience the US-localized version of the Goemon series from Japan. The gameplay is fairly strong and graphically the game holds its own. Shockman is another arcade like title that mixes standard platforming stages with 2D shooting. At 600 points, the Turbografx16 title adds another quirky entry into the Virtual Console catalog.

    Nintendo’s full press release continues below.

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    Live Arcade Gets Catan, Centipede

    Catan

    Microsoft continues its string of multiple Live Arcade releases this week, this time with the hugely anticipated Catan along with arcade classics Centipede and Millipede. Catan has had board game geeks waiting eagerly; the Live Arcade version of the classic Settlers of Catan strategy board game will hopefully live up to expectations. The game will sell for 800 points ($10) and features decent single player offerings with a supposedly strong AI along with four player multiplayer support over Xbox Live. Centipede and Millipede get bundled together for 400 points ($5) and promise updated graphical modes. Both titles will hit Xbox Live this Wednesday.

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    Parappa PSP Gets US Release

    Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Music, PSP, Retro,

    Parappa Sony Computer Entertainment’s re-release of the classic PlayStation title, Parappa The Rapper, is headed to the United States this July. Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced the title’s release. For the most part, the title is a straight-up re-make of the original, with a few changes. First, the graphics have been remade to fit the PSP’s widescreen format display. Second, the company has added support for wireless networking. In ad-hoc mode, gamers will be able to compete against three other players wirelessly, and SCEA will also be providing downloadable content via the PSP infrastructure connection.

    SCEA’s full press release continues below.

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