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Things We Saw Today: Muslim Rapper/Activist Mona Haydar Swags With Her Hijabis

With her first single, "Hijabi" (which she promises is from a debut EP we can expect soon!), Mona Haydar introduces us to a variety of women in hijab doing things that women in hijab do. Like, you know, dance and enjoy hip-hop.

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Things We Saw Today: Trump Sends Legit Hate Group and Anti-Women Group to Rep the U.S. At U.N.

Because of COURSE he did.

The 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is happening now through March 24th, and all U.N. members are asked to send representatives to the session as they work to create real gender equality. So who does Trump send as part of the U.S. delegation? Members of an organization officially recognized as a hate group, and members of another organization that isn't a hate group per se...they just really don't like women and gay people having rights and stuff.

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Nintendo Might Be Planning a Super NES Classic Followup That You Probably Won’t Be Able to Find, Either


Whether through artificial shortages or the pure lure of a relatively cheap (if you didn't buy it for $500 on eBay), HD NES with a built-in suite of nostalgic games, the NES Classic Edition was one of 2016's hottest holiday items. So, it should come as no surprise that Nintendo may be looking for a repeat performance with an SNES Classic Edition at some point in the future.

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But Wait! Do You Actually Need Japan’s Mini Famicom Instead of the NES Classic?

A tough choice between nostalgia and bragging rights.

We're all* excited about Nintendo's NES Classic Edition (*based on the fact that infinity people clicked on it), with its library of built-in classic NES games and notable improvement over your original NES that it has an HDMI connection/didn't get sold at a yard sale 15 years ago. But, Nintendo is, of course, introducing the Japanese version as well, which mimics the look of the Japanese console that would become our NES. Now we have options, and options are hard.

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Fan Makes Tiny NES Capable of Playing Any Game With Its Own Mini Cartridges

Doing what Nintendon't.

Nintendo's NES Classic Edition went over well with fans of retro gaming, but a bit of disappointment set in for some people after it was revealed that the miniature NES wouldn't be able to expand its library beyond its 30 built-in games. It still sports an impressive library of classics, but now a fan has taken things a step further and built a mini-NES from scratch, complete with interchangeable cartridges—just like the good old days.

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Today’s Teens Try to Play Contra for NES. They Do Not Succeed.

Or: Teens Play Contra. Kind Of.

It's not that there aren't hard games anymore, but there's something fun about watching people who missed out on the NES era try to play classic games—ones that some of us mastered as children—and fail miserably.

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Dust Off Your NES! GameStop Will Begin Buying and Selling Retro Games

Here we go!

Are you ready for some 8-bit video games? GameStop's new pilot program is aimed at getting the classics into their stores, and you will be supplying them.

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There’s an iPhone NES/SNES Emulator on the App Store If You Can Get to It Before Apple Does

Sneaky emulator apps: The best holiday tradition of them all.

While we're waiting for Nintendo to officially get on board with offering old games on smartphones and making piles and piles of money, sneaky apps continue to pop up on Apple's app store with hidden emulation functionality. If you're quick, you can grab an NES/SNES emulator right now without needing to jailbreak your phone.

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Watch Today’s Youth Understand Our Pain as They Get Mercilessly Wrecked by NES Mega Man

No one even taught them the pause trick? Harsh.

Depending on your age, you may remember a time when video games were hard. I'm talking controller throwing, unapologetically emotionally damaging, brutally hard. To heal those wounds in a totally healthy, schadenfreude-driven way, watch kids of today play the original Mega Man and get equipped with nothing but lasting psychological torment.

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Nintendo Releases New NES-Themed 3DS XL And Oh So Much Yes Please

It's-a me, your drained bank account!

Well, we didn't need money anyways, right? Nintendo has just announced that they're releasing three new variations of the 3DS XL before the 2014 holiday season - including one that looks like a classic NES controller. And the box it comes in? Shaped and designed like an NES console.

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Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams and Other Teens React to the Original NES

"Just bang on it." Close, but we were looking for: "Blow on it."

Yes, there are now people who are nearly full-grown adults who have never blown into an NES cartridge to make it work. Who is raising these children without NES in their lives? It's downright disgraceful. While I call DYFS about that, watch these teenagers try to figure out how an NES works. (Hit the jump for a bonus video of the teens playing some more NES games.)

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Analogue Nt Is the Futuristic/Retro NES of Your Dreams, and You Can Own One for $500

It turns out you can put a price on your childhood.

If you've got an extra $500, you can go out and spend it on the finest gaming console on the market. No, not Xbox One or a PS4 plus some peripherals. What I'm referring to is the brand new, aluminum NES, the Analogue Nt. Adjusted for inflation, it's not even that much more than you originally paid for that NES you should've kept.

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You Can Play The Legend of Zelda From Link’s POV With The Oculus Rift

Living in an 8-bit world has never been more heroic.

The Oculus Rift can be used for all sorts of amazing things, like controlling space robots and diffusing bombs. But let's be honest with ourselves - what we really want out of virtual reality gaming is the ability to play The Legend of Zelda from a first-person perspective. That's right; you can be Link (just make sure you keep quiet).

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Super Mario Bros. Is Surprisingly Hard to Beat With the Lowest Possible Score [Video]

You can't even fail at Mario Bros. as well as this guy.

YouTuber NotEntirelySure has beaten Super Mario Bros. with the lowest possible score without any cheats for assistance. Now even if you usually fail admirably at old school games, you can't even feel good about that, because someone has turned it into an art and is better at it than you.

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Here’s a Bunch of New Art from the Little Nemo Comic Reboot

Hey, it turns out reboots are capable of not being "gritty." Who knew?

Winsor McCay's 1905 comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland and its unprecedented vision left a huge impression and spawned an animated movie almost a century later in 1989 and a great NES game (Little Nemo: The Dream Master) in 1990. Now, it's coming back to comics, and artist Gabriel Rodriguez has tweeted a bunch of the artwork.

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Watch Every Single NES Start Screen Back to Back [Video]

Come for the nostalgia; stay for the random chiptunes.

For some perspective on your NES library, watch every NES start screen back to back and marvel at just how many of these games you never played, let alone even knew existed. Seriously, the NES had an incredible amount of games, and just their start screens alone will take up over three hours of your life with charming chiptunes and nostalgia.

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The Entertainment Flask Looks Like Your Favorite NES Cartridges, This Is Your Adulthood

Maybe our video game addiction isn't the one our parents should've been worried about?

Ink Whiskey LLC has passed its Kickstarter goal for the Entertainment Flask, so you'll soon be able to carry your liquor around in a flask that looks just like an original NES cartridge. Now you can hide your real collection of booze inside a fake collection of NES cartridges with humorous, alcohol themed labels that may homage to gaming classics.

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Vsauce Is Here to Meet Your NES Trivia Needs with This NES Stop Motion [Video]

Shots fired. Lots of them. In Duck Hunt.

What is the cumulative weight of all NES consoles ever sold? How much total RAM did they contain? What is their correlation to the speed of Domino's Pizza sales? Yup, that's something you'll know after watching this video. You're welcome. All of your burning questions are answered here by a stop motion NES console and Vsauce.

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Every Original NES Game Makes up this Gorgeous Nebula

Even Day Dreamin' Davey? Yeah. Even Day Dreamin' Davey.

You may have had a lot of games for the original NES, but you probably didn't have all of them. There were over 700 games made for the system, and they're all featured in this beautiful poster that spirals outward like a nebula -- a NESula if you will. No? Fair enough. Take a look and try to find your favorite.

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Artist Makes Chandelier from NES Zappers, Wife Won’t Let Him Hang It in the Dining Room

This would go well with the mounted head of the dog from Duck Hunt.

Artist and vintage gaming enthusiast J.J. Hendricks made this gorgeous NES Zapper chandelier, but his wife wouldn't let him hang it over their dining room table. What follows is a letter to Mrs. Hendricks by me on behalf of her husband asking her to reconsider.

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