Numerous people on countless occasions have called me the “coaster police.” I’ve also been called much worse when it comes to protecting the sanctity of a vulnerable surface. My friends and family never say those things as compliments. Much to their chagrin, though, that’s exactly how I take them. But that doesn’t mean I want everyone that comes to my home on high alert about where they put their drink. I still want them to have fun. The problem is that it’s a fine line making sure your guests have something under their cocktails while also having a good time. Fortunately, Vat19 has exactly what I need to walk it. With a coaster set that looks like cartridges for classic Nintendo games.
Vat19‘s cardboard NES Cartridge Coasters collection brings those vintage games to your coffee table. Each is die-cut to resemble the shape and design of original Nintendo cartridges. They aren’t the exact same size, though. Every coaster measures 3.5-inches by 4-inches across. And they come in at 1/8-inch thick. That way, they better match your drink of choice. The company promises you don’t have to blow on them to get them to work, though. (If you’re having something like a hot toddy, though, you should still blow on that.)
The officially licensed set features the covers for some of the most iconic games in the system’s history. The eight-piece collection recreates the cartridges of Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Metroid, Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, and 3. The coasters also all have Nintendo’s gold seal of approval. You can get your own for $9.99. And if you’re planning to give them as a gift and want to create a whole theme for the present, a Nintendo cartridge flask makes for a perfect pairing.
Do I want these in my house? Obviously. I respect wood. I respect fun. And I respect the NES. The only problem is these are so nice I’m not sure I’d want to risk someone ruining them with a drink. Of course, anyone who knows me won’t be surprised when the coaster police also polices which coasters they can actually use.