When you play classic games, do you find the sprites too... Flat? Wishing for a little more depth? Well, I'm afraid I can't do anything to your games, but at least now you can have your very own, 3D, tangible Mario sprite. All you need is a printer, paper, scissors, glue and a little experience.
Started off as some orthographic sketches to help me visualise what I thought Mario would look like in 3D, based off his sprites from the NES game Super Mario Bros. Modelled and textured in Blender, and then imported into Pepakura Designer to be unfolded as a net. I the testbuilt it and finalised the template.
The result of my build is shown! The head, feet and body are all separate, so it's pose able to a certain extent. The background is a large sheet of blue paper and some scaled up, printed out sprites.
The bottom left shows the other included versions. As well as classic Mario there's classic Luigi, Fire Mario and Donkey Kong Mario. Included in the download are .pdos and .pdfs for each version of the template and .jpg instructions.
Before building, make sure you have made a few simpler papercrafts first, otherwise you might find it difficult.Or you might be a natural, how the hell should I know?
Remember that Mario head on the opening screen of Super Mario 64, the one that you can pinch and pull? Now, you can have a papercraft version, courtesy of Pixel-Kakashi.
I think I lol-ed the whole time I was making this one. You might have seen a sneak peek of this model when I let Hello Kitty borrow his hat for a moment [link] . Now it's on the head of it's rightful owner.
It's about 15 cm tall. Get it now from Nintendo Papercraft. [link]
wooo. It's Link in 3 glorious dimensions! Still looks a bit square-y though. Anyway, I built the model entirely out of cubes, so some of the flaps aren't as joined up as they should be, but you can fix that manually. There is also a blue and red tunic version if you download it, so build yourself an army of Links! I'll do some more later, like zelda, the old man and some enemies. If Link is popular that is. I might even convert some more complicated sprites like from Minish Cap! I feel an enormous project coming on... download here: [link]
Thought I'd upload a papercraft this time. Here's the SSBB Bowser that was designed by . I'm really proud of this one! I think it's my best build yet This is also one of the crafts that were displayed at my school's art show. Probably got the most attention too.
So there you have it, thank you Brandon for designing this awesome model! The build went incredibly smooth too. I actually made the teeth!