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Kickstart Pier Solar HD, Get It On The Dreamcast

If you missed WaterMelon’s Pier Solar the first time, you may be surprised to hear that it was a massive homebrew RPG project released in 2010 for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. It even involved increasing Sega’s old cartridge memory to 64MB, the only 16-bit release to accomplish that feat in any era.

I wasn’t even aware that 16-bit homebrew was still alive on any of those old platforms. A fresh Genesis release combined with the folks still putting games out on the Commodore 64 means that’s two big tentpoles from my childhood still alive today in some form, which is pretty awesome.

So you can imagine my delight to see a Kickstarter surface to get Pier Solar remade in HD for the Xbox 360, Mac, PC, Linux, and even the Sega Dreamcast of all things. With custom machines and arcade sticks, no less. Oh my. Someone’s been tapping directly into my brain, I think.

If the thought of an original 16-bit RPG uplifted to HD tickles you like it tickles me, hit the link and toss a few coins at the project. WaterMelon needs $139,000 to get this off the ground and there’s even another print run of the Genesis version on the table if you’re feeling generous.

Sure, it’s not the HD remake of Phantasy Star IV or Chrono Trigger that everyone’s always wanted, but it could be the closest we’ll ever get. Get a taste of the original release in the video below.

Source: Joystiq.

How To Make Your Old Nintendo Zapper Zap For Real

Oh, that Duck Hunt dog is totally going to get it now!

Being a fan of DIY techie stuff, I’ve seen a lot of garage laser projects in my time, and even a few folks playing around with sci-fi concepts like Gauss weaponry and the like. But wow, this might be the first I’ve stumbled upon that could be legitimately threatening.

Here’s one little note that I found interesting…

I was worried that the OEM electric momentary switch wouldn’t handle my power needs, so I checked it out. It turns out Nintendo completely over engineered it, and the switch was more than capable handling ridiculous levels of current.

Nice to know that Nintendo has a future in the military hardware business in the event that video games should ever fail them.

Head over to North Street Labs for the nitty gritty details if you’d like to build your own. Just watch where you point that thing, okay?

Source: Boing Boing.