This NES concept is brimming with nostalgia

I still can’t accept the fact that Nintendo acknowledges the correct pronunciation for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to be ness. What I can appreciate, though, is a visually pleasing reworking of the classic console.

A concept created by Love Hultén reimagines what the NES might look like in a more simplified light. It also manages to squeeze in some modern upgrades and functionality while stripping away a lot of the bulk of its original design. Officially titled the Pyua, the loader features slots for both the Japanese Famicom and North American NES cartridges.

Why does it work?

There are so many things aesthetically pleasing about the rework. The way the carts and controllers are stored in a simple, spring-loaded carrying case. Even the color palette used for both the storage case and console rile up those retro feels. The seethrough protector on the top seems like something you’d see out of a sci-fi magazine for products of the future. Yet, it somehow manages to align perfectly with the era.

The concept console isn’t just for looks. Reading through the design description, Hultén reveals that under the hood is a “NT mini pcb” with the ability to upscale to “1080p for your HDMI monitor.” It uses “FPGA to replicate and truly enhance the 8-bit experience.”

Whew, nothing can bump or loosen my cart now.

Who is Love Hultén? 

I’ll admit, I had no idea who Love Hultén was prior to stumbling upon a Reddit post and seeing his work. In short, and directly from his about me on his official site, Hultén “fuses traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, creating unique objects in an unexpected merge of form and function.”

There are a number of different designs and works that you can view on his website. Everything from a reworked arcade cabinet for two players to the Pixel Vision-Crystalline Edition, a NES emulator inspired by the GameBoy Advance SP.  You can even purchase some of his works, provided you’ve got the cash. An arcade cabinet known as the OriginXL will cost you just a little over $4,500 USD. I wonder what shipping for something like that would look like?

Reading through the comments on the Reddit post does have one thing bothering me (along with a few other Redditors). The cartridge that gets inserted into the slot doesn’t sit quite flush with the system. The corners of the cart stick out ever so slightly. But, who the hell cares? It’s a fine piece of craftsmanship that neither you or I could create with this much perfection and feeling behind it. So, enjoy it for what it is.

Greg Bargas
A console gamer gone rogue. Collector of retro games, pun and dad joke enthusiast. My spotify playlists are out of control. Rocket League anyone?