Okay everyone, say it with me:
Without a doubt, “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island” for the Super Nintendo ranks as one of my favorite games of all time. The game is a prequel to the Super Mario series, in which players control various Yoshi dinosaurs rather than the usual hero himself, Mario, who appears as a helpless infant in need of Yoshi’s protection. From the graphics that resemble as if they had been drawn with crayons and felt-pens, making them more cartoonish, to the familiarity of Mario games with an added egg-throwing mechanic, it’s an absolute joy to play time and time again.
Now I mentioned the design style of the game to prepare you for this:
Now, say it with me again: “D’AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW!!!”
This Yoshi’s Island nursery was built over the course of 6 months, involving painting the room, creating the Lakitu/Yoshi mobile that is operated by an Super Nintendo controller, making a music box that plays the games intro music, and hand-making fabric sleeves and pyramid-shaped coverings. The backgrounds on the walls were applied & textured using multiple latex paint colors, while the main elements were created using acrylic paints. The star of the nursery has got to be the mobile, which is a Lakitu made from Sculpey modeling clay with wire/foil armature, and then painted using acrylic paints. The circuitry of the mobile is comprised of a Arduino Duemilanove microcontroller USB board, a wave shield with a LCD screen, re-purposed SNES controller, and a small motor to drive the baby Yoshis.
Man, I hope to make something remotely THIS AWESOME for my future child when I become a parent….