Clean up your entertainment center by retiring your current collection of classic gaming machines for the Retron 5 Console ($100). This crazy box will offer support for the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Famicom, and Game Boy Advance — and thus likely the original Game Boy and Game Boy color as well. It will offer two controller ports for each system, although we're not 100% sure you'll need them given that it ships with a universal Bluetooth controller, and also outputs upscaled video and improved audio at 720p over HDMI. With any luck, it'll be hitting virtual shelves in July.
These will take a little getting used to. Created in collaboration with design agency Stranger & Stranger, the Ultimate Deck ($25-$65) is a one-of-a-kind deck of playing cards that is the "most expensive deck ever produced," according to its makers. In total, the deck features 54 unique designs — one for each card — as well as a unique back design and a tuck-case boasting embossed elements and foil accents. Available as a standard deck or as an uncut sheet for display; the latter includes a matching deck, as well.
Whether you know the financial markets inside and out or are just starting to learn, you should enjoy playing a few rounds of Daytrader ($32 and up). This brand-new board game by Samir Lyons sees you getting a job and trading in the companies you work for to accumulate enough wealth to retire, and then hopefully returning home before the volatile market wipes out part of your savings. Thankfully, a clever, lighthearted design from Ital/c keeps things from getting too cynical, even if the odds are against you ever being able to try your strategies in real life.
You know movies and futurists have for years been promising true "virtual reality"? Well, the Oculus Rift Gaming Headset ($300) can get you tantalizingly close. Currently available for order in developer kit form, the Rift utilizes dual 1280x800 monitors sitting just inches from your eyes to create a realistic, 3D VR gaming experience. Want to look around in the game? Just move your head. It's as close as you're going to get to having a personal holodeck for the foreseeable future.