Home Theater PC Masquerading As Nintendo NES

Home Theater PC Masquerading As Nintendo NES

Range Govindan
May 10, 2010

Just like iPod docks, home theater PCs (HTPCs), a sort of barebones computer that you can easily plug into your home theater PCs, come in all shapes, sizes and colors. What's usually annoying is how big and bulky they look. Thankfully, a lot of smaller models have been available recently, but none of them had the retro-appeal of this HTPC.

We think that the best HTPCs are the ones that kind of seamlessly blend into the other components of your home theater system. While his HTPC won't exactly do that, it's got a lot of style since it's basically been stuffed into an old Nintendo 8-bit console.

However, this little HTPC packs a lot of punch. It's got a dual-core Intel processor and 2GB or RAM. It has 6 USB ports in the back but doesn't sport a hard drive, which is kind of odd. The modder was obviously running out of space and decided that external hard drives were suited for his design. We'd like to see it with an internal 2TB hard drive. The NES HTPC comes with a 4GB flash drive, which has Ubuntu installed, so it can be used right away. The benefit of not having a HD is that it's a pretty quiet machine.

It's got a bunch of ports which will accommodate most home theater setups. If you still want to play some old school NES games on this HTPC, you can by using an emulator. This NES HTPC is available on Etsy from Melanarchy for $475.

[via Technabob, photos by Melanarchy]

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