[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Super NES on Ice

November 28th, 2011 by Benj Edwards

Way Cool Super NES Super Nintendo Ice Cube Ad -1994A novelty cocktail ice cube for giants.

[ From Nintendo Power, January 1994, back cover ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Has one of your computers or video game consoles ever overheated? Tell us about it.

6 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Super NES on Ice”

  1. Xyzzy Says:

    I don’t think that I’ve had a console that was powerful enough to suffer meltdown; the last one in the household was my brother’s N64.

    However, I did accidentally fry a Compaq laptop in ’99 by playing Ultima Online for an extended period while unaware that its carrying case was blocking the vents. (I didn’t realize what had killed it until a Best Buy tech informed me the motherboard had scorch marks, though they believed it was due to a manufacturing flaw.)

  2. Bill Carson Says:

    For those of you that are interested: no, the snes on the picture is not really frozen. They used wrapping foil and some good lighting effects.
    Source: Nintendo Power

  3. Benj Edwards Says:

    It looked to me like they made a hollow acrylic resign box shaped like an ice cube to pull it off. They could have embedded the SNES in a solid block of resin, but it would have been easier just to place it under the box and add water around for effect. But if they did indeed use some sort of wrapping film, then they pulled off a much more impressive job.

  4. Braybett Says:

    It looks to me like the SNES is placed in a crumpled, leaky vinyl bag filled with water. I never get an ice vibe from the picture, as I don’t think ice would be that transparent, and would tend to frost.

    I remember the Angry Video Game Nerd discussed the picture for a few seconds in his episode about his memories of Nintendo Power.

  5. Anthony Says:

    Never had a console overheat on me, but I have worried about it, as all my consoles sit in a steel media cabinet. I don’t play for super extended periods of time however, so I’m sure they’ll be just fine.

  6. Al.H Says:

    None of my consoles have overheating issues (lucky me) but my Wii can get really hot at times (whenever I take an SD card out it is always hot to the touch).

    As for that “frozen” SNES, I thought they put it in a plastic bag and hosed over it (I wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to how they kept it up).

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