There’s a two-way street of animosity that runs between many console gamers and PC gamers – but at the heart of things, aren’t we all just gamers? Can’t we all just get along? If our high-horse appeal to reason doesn’t sway you, consider this: a trio of multinational Minecraft freaks has showed us The Good that can happen when we set our virtual pickaxes aside and embrace both console and PC games, in the form of pixel-perfect recreations of Super Mario Land, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and more, using only stop-motion and millions of Minecraft blocks. These videos will boggle your mind.
Kotaku pointed us towards the amazing feat. James Wright, Joe Ciappa and “Tempusmori” created a replica Gameboy in Minecraft, with a screen that’s 160-by-144 blocks. That makes the ratio of blocks to Gameboy pixels a solid 1:1. Then the fun began: the trio recreated the games using dyed wool blocks. The replica Gameboy screen contains 23,040 blocks, and they must be rearranged each frame to create the smooth animated look you see in the videos below. The team puts in a full month of seven hour days – with no days off – in order to create the videos.
The videos above are the Super Mario Land and Links Awakening masterpieces: for even more old school Minecraft goodness, check out the trio’s YouTube page, which includes behind-the-scenes videos and recreations of Tetris, Pac-Man, the first level of the NES Mario Brothers game, and Space Invaders.