R-KAID-R Gaming Console Emulator

Give the Playstations and Xboxes of this world a retro companion. Kinda like having a veteran in the locker room to lead the rookies. Sign Love Hultèn’s R-Kaid-R to a lifetime contract. This retro arcade console folds out to reveal an 8″ LCD screen and custom-made joystick. Emulation unlocks the console worlds of Neo Geo, Playstation 1, Atari 2600, Super Nintendo and so many more. Don’t worry about running out of juice, since the battery provides 8 hours of gaming euphoria. They’ll only produce 50 so get this into your gaming locker room now.

Analogue Nt: Aluminum Nintendo Entertainment System

The Nintendo Entertainment System first came out in 1983. From that day on, it revolutionized the gaming industry for the better part of almost two decades and inspired many, many hours in front of the tv. Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, all classics.

Now comes the Analogue Nt ($500). It’s an all-aluminum version of the original NES. You get the original chip processor, so don’t expect this to compete against your Xbox. It does include such advances as RGB, Component and S-Video outputs, an optional HDMI adapter with 1080p upscaling and four built-in controller ports

Probably best of all, it’ll be compatible with both American and Japanese releases. These Japanese releases were not released in the US, so that’ll be a treat.

Controllers will set you back $50 and HDMI adapter costs the same. Obviously, it’s a little pricier for the original NES, but you get a classy version of a classic console.

Sony PlayStation 4: An E3 Victory

It took them about three months, but Sony has finally revealed the PlayStation 4 hardware and its price tag: $400. The console’s design is strikingly similar to that of the Xbox One, with glossy and matte black finishes adorning the slanted-back box. In the battle of E3 press conferences, we’d have to say the PS4 won the day, as CEO Jack Tretton drew one of the most authentic E3 cheers ever heard when  he announced that PS4 disc-based games will be free to trade in without restriction, lend to friends, or kept for life–a direct shot to the ribs of the next Xbox. However Sony also quietly announced one new restriction: Previously free online multiplayer access will now require a PlayStation Plus subscription.

PlayStation 4: It’s A Thing, But It’s A Thing You Can’t See Yet

Sony has made it official: The PlayStation 4 is real and it’s coming. Holiday 2013 to be vaguely exact. But what it looks like, how much it will cost, and whether it will finally render all communications with females obsolete is still unknown. What we do know is the PS4 will feature a DualShock 4 that looks a lot like previous PlayStation controllers, with some notable additions including a small touchscreen, “light bar” to be used in conjunction with a camera accessory, built-in headphone jack, and “Share” button to let you stream and upload videos of your gaming exploits.

Some tech specs to throw at you (just nod and pretend you know what this means, that’s what we do): 8GB of system memory, X86 CPU, 8 CPU cores, and 2 teraflops of computational performance. Software you say? Sony’s touting titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Second Son, Watch Dogs, The Witness, Diablo III (also coming to the PS3), and Bungie’s new effort Destiny. Your move, Intellivision.

NVIDIA Project Shield

Spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is NVIDIA’s Project Shield, a slick new portable gaming device. Attached to the very Xbox-like controller is a 5-inch 720p retinal multi-touch display. Both PC and Android games will be playable on this thing, and the HDMI out means you can play on a bigger screen, too. Built-in Wi-Fi and speakers that NVIDIA says actually don’t suck round out the pretty package. Now, we wait for a price.

iPad Foosball

If you’ve ever owned a foosball table, chances are you don’t anymore or it’s in the garage warehousing old toy boxes at awkward angles. Yes, foosball tables have lost some of their social relevance here in the U.S., much like soccer, but New Potato Technologies is attempting to change that by introducing the Classic Match iPad Foosball Table ($99). The table works along with the iOS game called Classic Match Foosball and is equipped with 2-axis control levers that create an authentic experience of real gameplay.

Wii Mini

Like a stealthy submarine in the night, Nintendo has squeezed off a fiery red torpedo at Canada in the form of a scaled-down Wii. Don’t run, Canadians! It’s just a game console! Yes, even as Nintendo pushes the Wii U hard, the company is also giving our northern neighbors a chance to pick up a Wii Mini for $99. There are some limitations, though–there’s no Internet connectivity and it lacks the slot-loading disc drive. But if a spiffy new paint scheme and library of 1,300 games sounds good (and you live in Canada), you should probably go oot and getcha one, eh?

Wii U

The lightning that Nintendo captured in its little motion sensor bottle with the Wii was amazing. To date, the Wii has sold nearly 100 million units worldwide. But as anyone who’s ever spent a week on a golf course holding up a mason jar can attest to, it’s hard to capture lightning twice. That’s the goal though with the Wii U, which comes in two flavors, basic ($299.99) and deluxe ($349.99). The deluxe version gets you 32GB of storage to the basic’s 8GB, as well a copy of Nintendo Land. But both versions give you the Wii U’s unique selling point: the GamePad. This 10″ long controller features a 6.2-inch, 16:9 display, with a 854 x 480 resolution. The GamePad serves as a companion to the action on your TV, as well as another venue for you to game on, provided you’re within 25-feet of the console. Is Mario ready to dominate the next round of the console wars? Heyyyy, he is a plumber.