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The credit card-sized 8-bit games console

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What's in your wallet?

Driver's licence; Visa debit card; donor card; couple of receipts, right?

Well, thanks to a new Kickstarter project, you could soon have a retro-looking miniature games console in there, too.

Arduboy is the brainchild of Oregon-based entrepreneur Kevin Bates. Originally conceived as a business card you could play Tetris on, Bates' console has evolved further. 

The device now comes pre-installed with one classic 8-bit game, and has access to an online library of 20 more that you can download for free.  

As well as playing games, Arduboy can act as a digital business card, a retro 8-bit synthesiser and a mouse/controller when connected to any USB device. It will also teach you how to code, giving it some serious educational credentials.

The project has already exceeded its funding target of $25,000 (at the time of writing, it's about to pass $90,000), so the fact that you can play lots of much better games on your mobile phone doesn't seem to have put anybody off.

Take a look at the Kickstarter page here, and mull whether to pledge $39 (£25) for this nifty little gadget.

We reckon you'll want to clear a bit of room in your man-purse for one of these.

[Via: Hypebeast]

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