If you ever played any of the Crash Bandicoot games, you’re familiar with the masks that float around the game. The one that offers you help and makes that great “rutabaga” sound effect is called “Aku Aku,” while the bad guy boss is called “Uka Uka.”
If you dig the look of these tribal masks, and you like to sip coffee at your desk, then you should grab this official Crash Bandicoot Uka Uka mug.
The colorful, sculpted ceramic mug features the ugly mug of that evil and grumpy human spirit who came back as an evil mask, and will look great keeping your coffee or tea warm. He’s got quite the scowl on his face – probably because you just poured searing hot beverage into his head. You can grab one over at Firebox for $16.99.
The Nintendo GameCube and Wii both offered up lots of fun and classic video games. But neither console was particularly portable, so the only way you could play those games on the go would be via software emulation. But games rarely play to perfection or at full speed through emulation, and the right way to do it is with original hardware if possible.
Shank Mods and GmanModz teamed up to make a truly impressive handheld gaming system using the brains of an actual Nintendo Wii. This allows the system to play any Wii or GameCube game, and at full speed. It also can play Virtual Console, WiiWare and homebrew apps. The design of the WiiVision was inspired by a 2011 GameCube portable build by Tchay.
To fit all the components inside the case, they had to carefully trim the main circuit board from the Wii, and wired it up to an LCD screen, speakers, and control buttons. And with the help of 3D printing and custom circuit boards, they were able to make it super neat and tidy inside. Games are loaded onto the system via a tiny USB flash drive, and it’s capable of supporting external controllers.
Shank had previously built another nifty Wii/GameCube portable called the PiiWii Pocket, but it ultimately melted its case because it accidentally turned on inside a carrying case. Not one to give up on his dream portable, he went back to the drawing board, and teamed up with his friend to build a whole new system. I like the styling of this handheld even more, as it looks even more like something Nintendo might have made themselves.
Amazing work, Shank and Gman!
Portal and Portal 2 were two of the best games of the 21st century. While the first game was a blast to play, the latter really stepped up the humor and story development between its main characters, Chell, GLaDOS, and Wheatley. Fans of the Portal franchise will want to show their support for this awesome fan-created LEGO design that’s currently seeking support on LEGO Ideas.
Created by hachiroku24, the display piece is based on the big battle between Chell and GLaDOS, as Wheatley offers up what help he can. GLaDOS has lots of moving parts, and is designed to be posed. Meanwhile, Wheatley is about as useful as he was in the game, and test subject Chell looks great as a minifig, complete with her Aperture Science tank top and orange pants.
Of course, cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the build. I’d love to see this set put into production by LEGO. Then I want LEGO versions of Atlas and P-Body, along with a painting of Cave Johnson to hang on the wall.
Hachiroku24 shared a video of the model on his YouTube page if you’re interested in seeing how it comes together: