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Company makes impressive carpets that look like Nintendo DS cartridges

A company makes carpets that are faithfully modeled after Nintendo DS game cartridges as well as those of other consoles.


An online rug company has released a line of rugs designed to look like this nintendo ds cartridges. Almost 20 years after its initial release, the Nintendo DS has had a strong legacy with gamers around the world and remains not only the best-selling Nintendo console, but also the best-selling handheld console of all time.


Nintendo handheld systems have always been very successful. After the Game Boy Advance bowed out to the Game Boy line of systems, the DS was next in line. In its heyday, the DS was incredibly popular and almost immediately took the portable gaming market by storm, thanks to the series of Nintendo DS launch titles that featured a portable remake of the 3D platforming masterpiece Super Mario 64. Since this was before the days of widespread digital distribution, cartridges were the primary way games were played on the DS.

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Similar to older retro consoles, fan-made merchandise based on consoles from the 2000s has gained tremendous popularity online. Gaming rugs in particular are gaining a lot of traction on social media, in part because it allows fans to adopt more creative ideas that official manufacturers may be less keen to try. A company called Rug-A-Fella has taken gaming rugs to the next level by creating rugs based on the cartridges of popular Nintendo DS games such as Nintendo DS Animal Crossing: Wild World and Mario Kart DS.

Rug-A-Fella has garnered tens of thousands of followers on TikTok and Instagram by showcasing its prolific production of gaming-themed rugs. DS cartridges are only part of its catalog as it also makes rugs based on PS2, GameCube and Xbox games. Nintendo themed rugs are particularly popular with some such as Pokemon yellow and Kirby Airride Carpets currently sold out on its website.

Nintendo has rarely missed an opportunity to embrace nostalgia, especially for the 8-bit and 16-bit era. However, as more and more consoles have come to be considered “retro” over time, Nintendo hasn’t done much to capitalize on the nostalgia it has for comparatively younger consoles like the DS. An easy way to lean into that nostalgia would be to bring back franchises that only have games on the DS, but Nintendo could go further by making more goods based on systems like the DS, Wii, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance and licensed. People who played these consoles when they were younger are probably of the age where they feel a lot of nostalgia for them, and Nintendo could do a lot more to appeal to these fans.

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