Put the finishing touch on your rock n' roll-themed arcade with this AC/DC Pinball Machine ($5,700). Designed by master pinball man Steve Ritchie, this soon-to-be-classic features tons of standup targets, dual high-powered slingshots, a motorized rotating ball cannon, a jukebox song selector, an 8-inch cabinet speaker to make all 12 complete tracks sound great, and plenty of Angus Young- and Brian Johnson-flavored graphics. [Scouted by Zach]
And you thought regular chess was hard. Three Man Chess ($TBA) switches the ancient game from a square board to a round one, making room for a third set of pieces — gray, in this case — and opening up a whole new world of possible moves, strategies, and ways to get beaten when you least expect it. [Scouted by Roger]
If you're a fan of typography, then it's only reasonable to think that you'll be a fan of Scrabble Typography Edition ($200). The highlight of this luxurious set is the solid walnut tiles featuring a wide variety of different, interesting fonts. They're joined in the set by a solid walnut storage case with drawer, a six-panel solid walnut magnetized gameboard with non-slip cork backing, and metal tile racks. Oh, and each set will include a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the creator — and Uncrate pal — Drew Capener himself.
Have your heart set on some authentic retro gaming? Well, you could probably buy a real SNES or Genesis for far less cash, but if you'd rather play your old carts on your computer, you'd best pick up a Retrode ($85). This compact gadget houses cartridge slots and two controller ports for both 16-bit consoles, and connects to your computer via USB, offering driverless operation using any emulator — no composite RCA input required.
We're still not completely sold on the idea of dominos in a classy setting, but if you are, you've come to the right
place page. Bronze Bones ($1,500) are a limited edition, high-end 28-piece domino set, hand-machined from blackened bronze, and featuring an original, geometric design. They arrive in a leather bound hollowed-out book, along with a score pad, pencil, and sharpener.
[Scouted by Kelly]
Remember when the Super Nintendo was released, and you quickly realized how awesome it would be if the GameBoy could display graphics that shiny — or even display color period? Fast forward twenty years, and your childhood dream has become a reality with the SupaBoy ($80). Powered by a 2.5-hour rechargeable battery, the SupaBoy lets you plug in your old SNES cartridges and play on the go using the built-in controls and 3.5-inch LCD, or connect it to your TV via the AV out and plug in two controllers for a retro gaming experience.
It sure took long enough, but if you own any smartphone not named "Xperia" and want to play games using a real controller, your wish has been granted. The iControlpad ($75) is a Bluetooth-based hardware controller that'll work with your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, PC, Mac, and anything else boasting a Bluetooth chip inside, offering up dual analog nubs, a digital D-pad, six face buttons, and two rear buttons, as well as the ability to masquerade as an iCade cabinet, and a universal holder that lets you strap your phone to the top of the controller without the need for duct tape.
Speaking of racing games on the Xbox, if you want to make the most of your virtual driving experience, you might want to invest in the Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel ($60). This U-shaped controller uses motion sensors to detect your steering angle, while trigger buttons give you comfortable, sensitive access to acceleration and braking controls, and buttons on the top of the two stalks offer easy access to other game functions. Oh, and it has rumble feedback, so you'll know instantly when you've veered just a little to close to the edge of the track.
Star Wars-based adventures have long been available for consoles, but this is the first time we've seen the franchise applied to a console. The Star Wars Xbox 360 ($450) features an R2-D2-inspired paint scheme, a matching white Kinect sensor, a C-3PO-themed gold wireless controller, a 320GB hard drive, a wired headset, the Kinect Adventures game, and the new Kinect Star Wars game. [Scouted by Devin, Eddie, Albert, Sean, & David]
Well, you can't blame them for trying. The new Nintendo Wii U ($TBA) is simultaneously one of the most interesting and most bizzare console systems we've ever seen, pairing a more powerful, 1080p-capable Wii-like box with an insane controller sporting a 6.2-inch touchscrreen, two analog sticks, a stylus, a front-facing camera, a full complement of buttons, an accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble capabilities, a microphone, and stereo speakers. You'll be able to use the controller's screen to augment the action on your TV, or release the TV from its gaming duties and play right on the screen. Oh, and it supports all the existing Wii controllers and input devices, meaning there's going to be some seriously weird pairings before it's all said and done.
The argument can be made that dedicated portable gaming machines are on the way out, but if they are, they're going down swinging. Take the Sony PlayStation Vita ($250) for example. This replacement for the PSP features a five-inch, 960x544 OLED multi-touch screen, a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, built-in stereo speakers, microphone, front and rear cameras, a six-axis motion sensing system, compass, Wi-Fi, optional 3G and GPS, a multi-touch pad on the rear, Bluetooth, a memory card slot for expansion, and all the controls you could want, including dual analog sticks, the classic PlayStation action buttons, and shoulder buttons.
They could've called it the "Official Sony PS3 USB-to-Wireless Virtual Surround Sound + Stereo Headset," but we're guessing that would have been a bit wordy. Instead it's called the Sony PS3 Wireless Stereo Headset ($100), it connects to your PS3 via a small USB-based wireless adapter, features 7.1 virtual surround sound, a built-in retractable mic with on board volume and mute controls, and a simple, clean design that should match its console counterpart well, whether you're using it to keep from disturbing your roommates or significant other, or if you simply don't anyone to hear the twelve year-old talking trash about your sub-par fragging skills.