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Life is all about one-upping what came before you. The iPhone 6 one-upped your sad little flip phone. Your 60 Megapixel camera one-upped your disposable cardboard point and shoot. And the Game Boy 1Up is worlds ahead of the original Nintendo Game Boy.
This concept by freelance graphic designer Florian Renner reimagines what the handheld console that rocked 1989 would look like today. He chose a horizontal setup that’s more ergonomic, plus a cross-shaped controller that rotates on its own platform. Renner kept the Select and Start buttons, and added another two buttons—the X and Y—to the original Game Boy’s A and B buttons, to better suit today’s gaming needs. Game cartridges would load on top and there’s a headphone jack on the bottom. Renner even imagined a version with a sustainable, organic fiber case. Fancy that.
While no one could in good conscience call you a “gamer” (your revolving door of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models would definitely not support that), who doesn’t have a soft spot for Mario and Luigi? No need to purchase a console though, when the boys are available via Supaboy.($68) This handheld, portable video game system looks like a SNES controller with a slot for the game and a screen embedded directly on it. However, it can connect to the TV and additional controls in the event that Izabel and Genevieve want to play too.
They’re short. They’re moustached. They like to bash their heads into bricks for coins. And now, Mario and Luigi can accompany you anywhere and everywhere you go. Introducing the Nintendo Game Boy. An 8-bit handheld gaming device at the forefront of gaming technology, that will change the way you feel about going to church forever. This portable fun-box has almost all the fun of a full-sized Nintendo system, and runs on 4 AA batteries, with the option to connect to an external rechargeable battery back or AC adapter. A 3.5 mm stereo jack connects to headphones or speakers, so you won’t disturb the sermon–unless of course you shout out in celebration when you save Princess Toadstool. Game Boy comes with Tetris; Super Mario Land, Baseball, Tennis and Alleyway sold separately. It doesn’t get much more high-tech than this.