NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition has been selling out everywhere upon its release today. Target, Amazon, you name it – if they had it, it’s gone.

I already have seen them selling on eBay for $200 and even over $500!

Sheesh, it only retails for $60. Also, the one included NES Classic Controller has a cord that is a mere 28″ long. The NES controllers linked to below have cords that are 6 feet long.

Have no fear. I’ll show you how to build your own for under $50 and you can play way more than the 30 games that come with the NES Classic Edition.

What You Will Need:

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard – $37
  2. Classic USB NES Controller – $8
  3. Sandisk 4GB MicroSDHC – $4
  4. RetroPie Software – $0

Plenty of sites have detailed “how to” instructions on putting this all together so I won’t regurgitate their findings here. I will, however, point you to the one I followed to build our Retro Gaming Rig –

I had our retro rig set up, loaded with some retro games, and was playing it in under an hour. Super simple and a lot of fun!

If you have access to a 3D printer and really want to get that classic Nintendo feel, check out the Nintastic Nintendo Style Raspberry Pi Case.

Classic Nintendo Raspberry Pi Case

Or if you want to go for that old school arcade vibe you can enclose your Raspberry Pi in a custom cabinet for that ultimate retro feel you should check out the How To at

Have fun and Happy Retro-Gaming!

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My Favorite Christmas Commercials

by admin on October 14, 2016

There was frost on the ground this morning and the chill in the air paired with walking through the Christmas Wonderland at Menards with my kids earlier this week got me thinking Christmas-y thoughts. Invariably those thoughts turned to my favorite Christmas commercials.

Grab your ticket for a ride on the retro-train. Sit back. Mind the conductor. Enjoy the time travel trip to yesteryear and the ghosts of Christmas past.

Folger’s Coffee – Peter Comes Home For Christmas

This one hits me over the head with nostalgia. I can’t stand Folger’s coffee, but this commercial takes me back to my childhood.

Norelco Santa

Do they still run a version of this at Christmas? It seemed like this was always a staple at Christmas time.

Ahh, the Budweiser Clydesdales at Christmas. Kitschy Christmas nostalgia right there.

Hallmark – Tom’s Coming For Christmas!

Boy is it dusty in here. Gotta wipe the dust out of my eyes. The second commercial in my list featuring the unexpected arrival of a family member at Christmas. I sense a trend here.

Coca Cola – I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing

I can remember watching this on our little 19-inch color television set. That odd period of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s when things were still a little bit hippy.

McDonald’s – Ice Skating, Early 1980s

Never realized how long this commercial was back in the day. Do they make commercials this long anymore? Good feeling nostalgia right there though.

Hershey Kisses – Bell Choir

We go from a commercial that clocked in at just over one minute to a 15 second ditty that everyone remembers.

Kodak – Michael Landon

Double nostalgia. Vintage commercial for a product that won’t make sense to kids today. Ahh well.

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Rogue One Trailer: Is it December Yet?

April 7, 2016

Oh man. We are in a Star Wars Golden Age right now. I loved Star Wars The Force Awakens and Rogue One looks pretty fantastic. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story covers the story of the Rebels assigned with the mission to steal the Death Star plans which are then used to blow up the […]

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Great Scott! Back To The Future is Free for Amazon Prime Members!

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The Dead Key – great new novel by D.M. Pulley

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I love books where the characters draw you further into the story with each page. The Dead Key does exactly that and more with it’s intricate weaving of two time periods – 1978 and 1998. The story moves forward along both time periods until they “click” into place at the end of the book. You […]

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Our Family 10×10 Board Game Challenge

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My 9 Most Anticipated Board Games For 2015

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My 10 Favorite Halloween Songs

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It’s that time of the year again. General Mills Monster cereals pop up on the shelves of local grocery stores. Costumes of all kinds everywhere you look. And Menards and Lowes put away their outdoor items and erect their Christmas Tree extravaganza. Yes, folks, autumn is upon us. With that in mind, I would like […]

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Suburbia App on the Kindle Fire is City Building Fun

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A few weeks back, my family was at the game store and my son picked up Suburbia and wanted it in the worst way. I was familiar with the game though I had not played it yet so I wasn’t ready to jump in at $60. Although it wasn’t quite that simple. I probably picked […]

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Two super short horror films that make you glad they are short

October 14, 2014

These two short horror films have a contrasting way in how they scare you. Tuck Me In creeps you out on a subtle level. Whereas Lights Out just flat out terrifies in its 2.5 minute run time. You don’t have to take my word for it. Check out these two films for yourself. Tuck Me […]

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