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Nintendo Desktop Arcade Machine Takes Design Cues from 1930s Lamp

Nintendo Desktop Arcade Machine Takes Design Cues from 1930s Lamp
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The Model G1 is a posable desktop NES clone that was inspired by the traditional Anglepoise lamp

Emma Hutchings
  • 4 november 2014

Seattle-based Dave Nunez has designed a mashup of a Nintendo gaming system with the Anglepoise lamp. The prototype (called the “NESPoise”), completed last December using a MakerBot Replicator 2 and some leftover parts from other projects, has now been developed into the “Rabbit Engineering Model G1.” After three concentrated months of product development, this NES clone housed in an Anglepoise-inspired case is now available to purchase fully assembled.

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The Model G1 enables people to play their old 8-bit Nintendo games in style. The handmade mid-century-style desktop machine can play almost any NES cartridge using an arcade-spec joystick and buttons. It was designed using open-source constructive-scene geometry modelling software, interpreted by a 3D printer and CNC router to produce the parts.

The components are made from two environmentally-friendly materials: 3D-printed polylactic acid (PLA) plastic and oak-faced plywood. The use of computer-controlled tools ensures that each Model G1 is produced to the same high standards, even though they are hand-assembled.

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The design was inspired by the traditional 1930s British Anglepoise lamp designed by George Carwardine, which allows you to alter the angle of the head. Nunez liked the idea of a NES arcade based on the Anglepoise concept, as it would allow gamers to angle the screen as they need and would boast a cool mid-century retro look.

The Model G1 tabletop NES arcade machine features an adjustable 7″ TFT screen, a built-in speaker, headphone jack, an arcade machine grade joystick and buttons, and digital volume control. Also provided in the package is a 9v 1A power supply, a remote control for screen settings, an instruction manual, and a 30 day DOA guarantee so if the device does not operate it can be returned for a refund.

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Each Model G1 is made to order, and the time between order and shipping is currently 3-4 weeks. Priced at $250, the desktop arcade machine is available to purchase fully assembled from the Rabbit Engineering Etsy store. You can also read the build log for the prototype design on Dave Nunez’s blog.

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