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Super Pixel Bros is Minimal-Pixel Rendition of Super Mario Bros

Super Pixel Bros is a fantastically retro re-imagining of the original Super Mario Bros game on an 8×8 LED grid–every game element is reduced to a single pixel.

Super Pixel Bros is the brainchild of Brad Slattery, an electronics enthusiast and Super Mario Bros fan. Brad didn’t execute his vision of a reductionist Super Mario Bros. game by whipping up a flash game to demonstrate the concept. He designed and built an entire portable console including the screen, button layout, and the code that drives it all. The result is a pretty awesome retro game; watch the above video to see it in action.

Currently his projects page has the source code, the PCB templates, and everything you need to recreate Super Pixel Bros on your own. The skill factor on this project is high (once you order all his parts, including the pre-fabbed Super Pixel Bros board) you’ll still need to do some fairly skilled surface mounting so this project is best for those with ninja-level soldering skills.

Super Pixel Bros [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/15/11

Comments (4)

  1. Deez

    Sorry, but that gameplay doesn’t even look enjoyable.

  2. hedon73

    just when you thought it couldn´t get geekier :-D

    that thing was definitely not made to be a milestone in gameplay.. but wait, pong was even more minimalistic, wasn´t it

  3. Rik

    Ah, fair play. It’s no Super Mario 3DS, but it’s definitely a good effort. I like the open source geekyness.

  4. Xeogin

    Looks more enjoyable than the original to me, but I’m one of those “freaks” that never really liked it…

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