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Project Unity is 15 retro games consoles in one bonkers box

Hardware modder Bacteria has spliced together 15 retro games consoles to make the ultimate old-skool arcade unit.

Now this is just silly. Hardware modder Bacteria has spliced together 15 retro games consoles to make the ultimate old-skool arcade unit.

Named Project Unity, it incorporates the Sega Master System and Mega Drive, Atari 7800, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, NES, Gamecube, Dreamcast, PS2 and even the GameBoy Advance, among others. And it's the real deal, using all original parts, with no emulation going on, The Verge reports.

Thanks to backwards compatibility, Project Unity can play games for 18 consoles. And you play them all using one controller -- a monstrosity of a gaming pad, with three arcade sticks, a d-pad, SNES-style button layout, and what looks like a calculator rammed into the centre.

Here's a video all about it.

The unit itself isn't much of a looker, being housed in a large wooden box, but it's what's on the inside that counts, right? It's a labour of love, seeing as it took three years to make, racking up a bill of more than $1,000 (£650) in parts. Don't expect to see it on shop shelves anytime soon, but as a showcase of what's possible with an all-consuming love for retro games, and a dollop of elbow grease, it takes some beating.

In other gaming news, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman has promised that everyone who backed the Android-powered console early will have their units before the end of May, Phandroid reports. Early reviews weren't good, with reports of laggy software and faceplates coming off in transit, but Ouya has vowed to fix these before the 4 June launch date. Fingers crossed.

Would you like to see Project Unity go on sale? Is Ouya the future of gaming? Or will the PS4 and Xbox 720 have it sewn up when they launch later this year? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.