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$4,001
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
84
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 5 2016 3:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hi! We're Mark and Bill from Linked to the Wall.  We’ve been playing video games pretty much our whole lives.  Over that time, we’ve built up quite a collection of games that we love, for consoles that we don’t play anymore.   And we didn’t know what to do with them.  They ended up buried away in boxes in our basements, attics—and some hidden away at our parents’ houses!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got the same problem—buried boxes, full of your old games.  Games that you love.  Games that you spent every afternoon for months playing.  Games that you still think about when you close your eyes.  But despite how much you love them they still sit hidden away because you don't know what else to do with them.

We were tired of leaving our favorite games buried away.   We want to put them out on display, to see them and be reminded of how much we love them.  So we designed a set of custom mounts that let us put our favorite games on the wall. Instead of leaving them hidden, we get to show them off.  We put a lot of time into getting mounts just right–and when we shared the results, other people loved our work, too!

Now we want to bring them to you!

Our mounts are... 

Secure: Our mounts will hold your games solidly. They’re not going to wobble, fall out, or break. 

Removable: Your games will never be permanently locked away in our mounts. When it’s time to replay your favorite game, or if you want to put new games on display, you can easily remove them from our mount. 

Simply slide your game up to remove it!
Simply slide your game up to remove it!

Discreet: You want to show off your games, not our mounts. We’ve designed our mounts to be as invisible as possible, letting your games be the center of attention. 

Check out some of our prototypes:

Our mounts each hold a single video game cartridge or disc.  We provide several options for attachment—all of our mounts come with both a wood screw for attaching the mount directly to the wall, and a machine screw for attaching the mount to a shadow box, frame, or other board.  This gives you a lot of flexibility in where you display your games.

To inspire you with the possibilities, here are some of the displays we’ve created for ourselves and our friends using our mounts:

The Legend of Zelda series - see http://imgur.com/a/kG7ot for image credits
The Legend of Zelda series - see http://imgur.com/a/kG7ot for image credits
NES Mario games, in display frames
NES Mario games, in display frames
Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger
dotstream with its original box
dotstream with its original box
Metal Storm
Metal Storm
Megaman 1 - 8, mounted directly on a wall
Megaman 1 - 8, mounted directly on a wall

Our mounts come in two pricing tiers:

Large Mounts: This tier includes mounts for NES, SNES, N64, and GEN cartridges. Buy one for $10, or save 20% on a bundle of 5!

Small Mounts: This tier includes mounts for Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS cartridges, as well as the Disc mount. Buy one for $7, or save 20% on a bundle of 5!

Small and Large Mounts
Small and Large Mounts

You can mix and match any mounts in the same tier for the bundles.

We also have a display case which adds UV-resistant acrylic in front of the games, and a sturdy backing behind.

What if I want more?

If you want to purchase extra mounts, bundles, or display kits, then just add the cost of the item (plus $1 extra each for shipping) to your pledge.  We'll send out a survey after the campaign concludes to ask what items you want.

We designed our mounts to create a wall with the entire Zelda series on display. When we showed it on Reddit, this is what people had to say about it:

  • "Seriously make these... Please. I NEED YOUR HELP." – zellthemedic
  • "I will buy! Shut up and take my money! Give me the means!!! $$$$" — EngineeringEnergy
  • "Seriously, I need these in my life.” — Susurrations
  • “I'd love to give my favorite series a wall” — kazoodac
  • "That is totally awesome. I'd love to have just one." — ChickinSammich

Our Zelda wall was also featured on 3DPrint.com: http://3dprint.com/96420/3d-printed-mounts-for-zelda/

Our Kickstarter has been featured in several articles across the web:

  • “Is that any way to treat the works of art that defined our childhood? A recent Kickstarter project has instead pitched a better idea: Wall mounting them.” — NicheGamer
  • “A new startup called "Linked to the Wall" aims to cater to those who wish to show off their collection and plans to do so in an interesting way.” — NintendoLife
  • “These gamers will turn your old nes cartridges into wall art and these pieces are sick” — BroBible
  • “Pretty sweet idea for the geek gamers out there, like me :-)” — Inceptional
  • “Is that any way to treat the great artwork that graced games of the past? I don’t think so. Neither does the team over at Linked to the Wall, LLC who have come up with an interesting display option.” — Retro Gaming Magazine

Our current mount prototypes were printed on our 3D printers. That made it easy for us to design and prototype, but it’s too slow for mass production. We need to be able to produce injection molds for each cartridge form factor we support—and the cost adds up quickly for all of the different molds. And the more consoles we support, the higher this setup cost will be. We need Kickstarter to get the funding to get the molds manufactured, so we can get the mounts to you.

Risks and challenges

While we have a successful history of delivering software products, this is our first physical product, and we've had to learn a lot about the manufacturing pipeline to get to this point. We specifically designed our mounts to be simple—no moving parts, no electronics—in order to eliminate potential manufacturing hurdles. And we're working with a local injection molding firm to make sure that our designs will work with the injection molding process.

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