The halloween 2013 , was prepared since 2012 . Like every year , we decided to challenge ourselves for Halloween creating a costumes that is interactive , visually striking and allows us to let go of our imagination!
With this in mind, we decided to build one giant Nintendo from our childhood, and functional to boot it up! For this, we designed an interface to communicate with a projector for the image , a system to run a NES emulator and a good old Nintendo controllers. All needed to be autonomous (no need for external power alimention ) to be able to move and play at any time !
So we built a larger than life Nintendo , allowing to put all the electronic equipments and the projector inside the main body of the Nintendo. We also designed two “speakers” to act as a foldable screen. The Nintendo controllers to allow two people to play , were made entirely with parts that we made using a 3D printer and connect via bluetooth to the Nintendo . Each controller via Bluetooth with a Rasberry Pi, a mini PC running Linux and “open source” interface. This PC allows for a NES emulator to be installed and configured on it and transmit the image to a projector. Everything is functional with batteries, to move and play Nintendo on the street for Halloween !
We used it in the street and also at different bars, where we won a costume contest !
The suit asked for time and ingenuity but in the end , having a huge Nintendo, that has no price! We are proud to have been able with almost one year of work to go from an original ide, to a fully functional result.