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The Nintendo Switch has been selling so well lately, thanks in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be on track to be the best-selling video game console of all time. Popular Switch games like “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” each have sold more than 20 million copies.
This great little console has proven itself versatile as a system that connects to your TV but doubles as a portable unit as well. There’s no denying that kids and adults alike love it. And, if you want to show off your Nintendo Switch love in a big way, we’ve found the product for you.
An Etsy store called CoastalWoodcraftGB is selling a bespoke set of shelves that surround your wall-mounted television and make the whole thing look like a giant Switch! It’s designed to frame your TV screen with the Switch’s colorful and cute Joy-Con controllers.
The handmade item costs $572.66, but you also have to tack on shipping charges that change based on your location. The Joy-Con sections open up to reveal their built-in shelves. These appear big and deep enough to hold your actual Nintendo Switch, a few Pro Controllers, your favorite games and some Amiibo as well.
You can also find other similar options on Etsy at various price points.
One from SandJDesigns0817 is less expensive, at $300, and also custom-made, but lacks a shelving option. Another wall-mounted item from MorsbaneGoods allows you to customize the sizes and colors of two Joy-Con-shaped cabinets for $260 and up, depending on the size of your TV.
A version made specifically for 32-inch TVs from Etsy’s HardcopyManuMFG appears to attach to the TV itself, rather than the wall, so you have a bit more flexibility along with that extra storage space, all for $350.
This set might look the most like the real thing of any of them!
To keep the theme alive in your space, you could add accessories such as Nintendo Switch light-switch face plates, bookends and wall signs. For game storage, check out a cute little 3-D printed question mark block case, based on the same blocks from Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario games.
This setup would look great in a basement rec room, don’t you think?
Nintendo has released Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. to finish off the year of Mario’s 35th anniversary.
The system features the classic Super Mario Bros. game that we all fell in love with at some point in our lives, with the gameplay being practically identical to the NES original. You’ll jump over bottomless pits, stomp angry Goombas and enter Warp Pipes just as you remember. However, the system also has tighter controls thanks to the Game & Watch’s new control pad.
As the name implies, the system also comes with a digital clock function that includes 35 different animations as time passes, including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes. In addition to that, the system also has Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels loaded onto it which features even more platforming goodness in the form of deleted content from the original Super Mario game.
The original Game & Watch was a series of chunky handheld consoles released by Nintendo between 1980 and 1991. It was the precursor to the more practical Game Boy handhelds that would be released later, with the Game & Watch being more limited in its functions. For example, it could only play one game due to the segmented LCD display being pre-printed with an overlay, and the responsiveness of the games were also limited by this technology.
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While the Game & Watch systems were obviously made obsolete by later handhelds that replaced them, it’ll always remain an interesting piece of Nintendo history as its first foray into pocket gaming, and the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. seems like the perfect dedication to its 40-year old legacy.
If you’re interested in picking one up for yourself, the official Nintendo UK store has them listed for £44.99 while GAME has them in stock for £49.99.If you like Mario then you must check out our list of the best platformers you can play on your iPhone.