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Arcadie for iPhone Review

Arcadie for iPhone Review

Remember the iCade? What originally started out as an April Fool’s joke on ThinkGeek morphed into a legitimate product a little over a year later. Take that same concept, shrink it down, and what do you get? The Arcadie for iPhone. Featuring a joystick and two physical buttons, the arcade cabinet houses an iPhone or iPod Touch in the back and lets you play some variations of classic arcade games. We decided to take one for a spin, so head past the jump for the full review.

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Nintendo planning to release Kirby’s Pinball Land on 3DS Virtual Console

Nintendo planning to release Kirby’s Pinball Land on 3DS Virtual Console

It appears that in honor of Kirby's 20th anniversary this year, Nintendo is working to bring back a classic title that many fans of the cute pink blob have probably never played - Kirby's Pinball Land, originally released on the Game Boy in 1994. The game has been rated by the Australian game rating board, which means that Nintendo paid money to have the game certified for release on the 3DS but it does not confirm the game's existence or any sort of release date.

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Google Doodle celebrates 30th ZX Spectrum birthday

Google Doodle celebrates 30th ZX Spectrum birthday

Google has revealed another of its homepage doodles, this time celebrating the 30th birthday of the ZX Spectrum - a gateway drug into computers for many - as well as St. George's Day. The doodle is an 8-bit recreation of St. George fighting the dragon, mimicking the "advanced" graphics the ZX Spectrum was capable of.

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Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

So far, everyone scrambling to get their hands on the much sought after Raspberry Pi seem to be hoping to use it as a media player. The cheap Linux computer is capable of decoding 1080p video, and its low profile makes it ideal for the living room. Clearly, everyone needs to think a little bigger. One enterprising user has managed to port a ZX Spectrum emulator to the computer for some retrotastic gaming.

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Neo Geo X handheld official for expensive Q2 launch

Neo Geo X handheld official for expensive Q2 launch

There were previous rumblings that a portable version of the Neo Geo was due to be released sometime this year, and today that has been confirmed. Blaze have announced that they’ve inked a deal with SNK and Tommo that allows them to launch the Neo Geo X. Blaze say the device will arrive in time for the Neo Geo’s 20th anniversary, and will be priced “in a more affordable manner”.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5: Retro outside, Groundbreaking inside

Olympus OM-D E-M5: Retro outside, Groundbreaking inside

Olympus knows what photographers really want: something so teeth-clenchingly retro on the outside that they weep tiny tears of joy, but jam-packed full of the latest tech inside so that they're not embarrassed on Flickr. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 promises to deliver just that, with classic OM analog styling from the 1970s brought neatly up to date with a digital revamp. Out goes the Kodachrome, replaced with a 16.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, 120fps high-res electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a 3-inch posable OLED touchscreen.

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BioShock Infinite 1999 mode detailed, made for retro lovers

BioShock Infinite 1999 mode detailed, made for retro lovers

Your super mass killing and loving of the scenery in Columbia is about to get a whole lot more difficult as BioShock Infinite's 1999 Mode is detailed in part, complete with the assurance that yes, there will be game saves, and yes, you will need them. This mode was created after the developers of the game questioned fans on what they loved about previous generations of games and wanted in this new one, saying that it's time to get back to some roots. With every choice you make, they say, there are irreversible implications. We're ready for such a deadly quest!

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Retrode 2 adds Genesis and SNES gaming, plus N64 in pipeline

Retrode 2 adds Genesis and SNES gaming, plus N64 in pipeline

Retro gaming just got a whole lot easier, with the Retrode 2 adding Genesis, Mega Drive and SNES cartridges ports to your PC, tablet or smartphone via a simple USB connection. Adding the SEGA ports to the original design, the second-gen Retrode also has two SEGA controller ports and two for SNES controllers, and promises driver-free operation no matter your OS of choice.

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3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

Chess between two people is tricky enough, but add a third player and the classic board game takes on a whole new - circular - dimension. 3 Man Chess takes the original pieces, moves and rules of chess and throws in a third, gray set of pieces and transfers play to a round board: despite the extra manpower and the unusual shape, all of the core tenets actually stay the same.

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Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Goodbye, MiniDisc, we loved you. Well, perhaps not love, but at least a grudging regard. Unfortunately, grudging regards don't add up to sales, and Sony has decided to axe the MZ-RH1 MiniDisc Hi-MD Walkman in September this year. Worry not about your precious MiniDiscs themselves, however; those still using the format will have time to stock up.

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JVC Kaboom! boombox dragged screaming into 2011

JVC Kaboom! boombox dragged screaming into 2011

Feeling retro? JVC has dug deep into the archives and pulled out something of a classic, the JVC Kaboom! boombox, though they've wisely given it an update to suit the 2011 market. The distinctive pipe-bomb shape is still there, and the love-it-or-hate-it design, but you now get an iPod/iPhone docking station along with the integrated CD player.

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Colorfly Pocket HiFi C4 Pro looks like a 60’s Star Trek prop

Colorfly Pocket HiFi C4 Pro looks like a 60’s Star Trek prop

For the most part all media players look alike. They all tend to have the same shape and style and many of them have similar controls or touchscreens for you to use for controlling the tracks and content you store. Colorfly has a new media player that looks very different from the masses out there. The player is called the Pocket HiFi C4 Pro and apparently, it is aimed at the audiophile looking for the best sound quality they can get.

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