Creative 11-year-old twins build game consoles out of ...

198 29/01/2022

A pair of 11-year-old twins have gone viral on Twitter thanks to their sheer creativity in passing the time as summer holidays near their end in Japan.

While regular kids would be spending their time glued to digital screens, playing the latest video games, these twins decided to take things into their own hands (quite literally) and build their own gaming consoles – out of cardboard and a little ingenuity.

Their dad, Japanese Twitter user @twinkeepingat1, showed off his kids' creations in a series of tweets.

“I can’t believe my son actually made a game console," he said a tweet, showcasing one of his kids' take on a cardboard Gameboy with everyone's favorite side-scroller, Super Mario, 'loaded' up. "Check out his homemade Mario!"

What makes the little DIY summer project even more cool is the fact that it has moving parts, making the gameplay even more realistic. The son attached a Mario figure to some fishing wire, being able to move the little plumber with attached dials. The background itself can also a nifty trick in itself. It's actually a roll of paper that constantly moves (as long as the accompanying wheel is rotated).

The attention to detail is pretty impressive, honestly.

The other twin, who @twinkeepingat1 calls 'Twin B' (yes, really), also built his own game console. This time, it's all about Mario Kart:

Though the Super Mario console featured in the previous tweet is impressive enough as it is, this Mario Kart console takes things a step further by adding true multiplayer compatibility into the mix, just like the real thing. Though, considering it's made of cardboard, the maximum amount of players is two, which is just the right amount anyway.

Just by looking at the 'product demonstration', it's clear that Twin B got a lot of inspiration from Twin A, seeing that the use of fishing wire is also prevalent in the build. At least from what we can see, the wire is attached to two steering wheels (for two players), which then control the steering direction of each of the two karts.

What's even cooler is the fact that the in-game obstacles legitimately slow down the karts if they're hit, requiring the player to flip them back upright in order to continue.

And much like Twin A's build, the background of the game moves thanks to a separate wheel that someone else (aka dad) has to rotate.

It just goes to show that you don't necessarily need to spend big bucks to be entertained, as long as you've got the creative mindset and willingness to make things yourself!

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Cover image sourced from @twinkeepingat1 / Twitter.

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