Ever wanted your very own interactive Super Nintendo sneakers?
Well now you can get some. Maybe. They're an actual thing, custom-made by sneaker artists Freaker Sneaks, but "Limited pairs will be made available." They really mean "limited" too. Only 10 pairs will go up for sale.
This makes sense when you consider that the sneakers are made with actual controllers. Yes, the buttons and control pad actually work. Not as, you know, controllers anymore, but you can press them.
The sneakers were designed by UK artist Jonny Barry for Freaker Sneaks. They are classic Air Jordan 4s and based on the color scheme of the 1990s Super Nintendo. However, you may notice a slight difference in the colors. It uses the Japanese/European Super Famicom version rather than the North American purple.
Air Jordan 4s came out in 1989 and Super Nintendo released in 1990. For those 90s fans, you really can't get any more retro than a Super Nintendo Air Jordan mashup. These are relatively low-key as far as Nintendo themed accessories go, mostly clad in gray with a pop of color in the shoe tongue and buttons on the back. But they're definitely more wearable than some of the other, extravagant Nintendo items out there.
But Why Stop There?
People have done great things with personalizing every aspect of their lives with their favorite franchises. It can be such a niche product (since you have to find that right Venn Diagram of people who like the item and people who like the franchise), so DIY projects have risen proportionately.
Designer Kelsey Kronmiller wanted a personalized aquarium to reflect her favorite games, so she made an amazingly intricate Super Mario themed aquarium for her lucky fish. Keeping in mind all the fish necessities such as non-toxic materials and hiding spaces to feel safe, she reconstructed the first world and level of the game in amazing detail. She even created the backdrop of clouds, hills, and bushes in Adobe Illustrator for the perfectionist at heart.
The castles were made out of brown LEGOs and vinyl lines to imitate bricks. The pipes were created from PVC pipe found at your local hardware store, spray painted to perfection, and covered with more vinyl for that crisp look. Vinyl clouds were placed along the rim of the tank's hood and level specs were placed on the glass to complete the level.
Everything was covered in clear enamel to make it safe for the fish to live with. LEGOs are actually non-toxic already, but the paint and vinyls were not, so everything got the spray treatment. While not the first person to make a Nintendo aquarium, she's definitely the most accurate and detailed.
Other people have gone to further lengths to decorate their houses in such a manner.
Reddit user mystery_smelly_feet made a custom Nintendo arcade machine. Using a desktop computer with emulators and a LED TV, he housed it in a custom-built wooden cabinet. Don't worry about the horsepower though, he loaded up on the specs to make sure it would run just about everything he'd ever want to throw at it.
I went way overboard on the PC: 3.2GHz Intel i5 16GB RAM GeForce GTX660 2GB 2TB HD
The controllers were wired to a board that mimics keyboard input and the decals were custom printed based on artwork found on Deviant Art. The movement range is just cosmetic and the controllers have full range. Most of the cost was sunk into the computer itself, but the total cost after the build, TV, tools, and supplies was estimated around $2000 with 2 months' worth of weekends working on it.
And then, not to be outdone, there are even Nintendo controllers for your coffee tables.
Not quite as elaborate as a custom-made arcade machine, this coffee table is nonetheless magnificent. Mostly because the buttons work! It's actually playable as a controller! The genius behind it incorporated connectivity with a regular NES machine so that you can feel like you're hanging out in a giant's house. The whole process was laid out in detail on his blog, with a video of the finished product.
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