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By on August 30, 2011, with 35 Comments

It’s easy enough to add pixelated characters to any photograph using Photoshop, but when you opt to inject classic video game characters into real life without photo manipulation, that takes a little more thought and effort. That’s why DeviantArt user ChozoBoy’s pixelized Samus Aran and Chozo Metroid costumes are so darn impressive whether viewed in person or on camera.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityThese well-designed costumes are made with little more than cardboard, glue and paint. But they are still incredibly visually striking when viewed from the side.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityIn fact, the costumes are all the rage at the Otakon Convention where they managed to stand out even when put together with other pixelized costumes, like these Minecraft characters.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityThe use of multiple layers of cardboard to allow for maximum movement make these costumes look far more like the real video game characters they were made to represent.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityOn an interesting side note, “Chozo,” the name of the bird-like characters that served as surrogate parents of Metroid hero Samus Aran, actually means “race of bird-humans” in Japanese. Although, they admittedly don’t look very birdish in their 8-bit forms.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityIf you’ve noticed that all the pictures up until this point were taken from the side, there’s a good reason for that. The illusion only works from the side, as it would have been practically impossible to make 8 bit characters like these look so realistic in a 360 view. Even the game was made as a side-scroller originally.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityBut in case you’re curious just what the costume looked like from the front, allow me to destroy the illusion for you. On the upside, at least you can see how it is operated so well.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityAnd here’s a shot of the Samus Aran costume while it was being constructed. As you can tell, the work that went into these is undeniably impressive.

Pixelated Characters Entering RealityIf you were going to make any 8 bit character into a pixelated costume, who would you choose? Personally, I think I’d go for Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog. He was always my favorite.


35 Responses
  1. ANONIMO says:

    :D :D

  2. Annie says:

    pics 5 and 6 shows the sleeves and part of the arms. but still a very good illusion

  3. Steve says:

    Very nice! Brings back memories of the game, too!

  4. August. says:


    • The Doctor says:

      Calm down, just an awesome 8-bit game with sucky FPS on my computer unless I’m online. But seriously, I always play online so I get more than 8 FPS.

  5. PromiseMe says:

    Those are so cool!

  6. Susan says:

    I’ve been enjoying your site for a while now and recently found something that you might be interested in. (Couldn’t get your Twitter link to work.) Keyboard optical illusion http://xkcd.com/237/

  7. Artemis Fowl says:

    Wowwww that creeper looks awesome! I play minecraft a lot and that is REALLY impressive

  8. alex says:

    i think mario would be good, the big one from super mario world. the guy from contra would look good also.

    1st comment!

  9. Pintosong says:

    ‘Tails from Sonic. HE was always your favourite? I thought Tails is a girl :(

  10. Dave says:

    these are by far super cool!

  11. me123987645 says:

    that’s cool

  12. illusion lover says:

    this is soooooooooooo awesome!!!

  13. NeeL says:

    This is really cool!
    I know what I’m gonna do next halloween!
    And I think Samus has the best build for it, so I would go with Samus.

  14. fossda says:

    i would go for Super Mario!

  15. raul says:

    Great guys. They prolly has lots of fun:-)

  16. Awesome Anonyomous says:

    Luigi definitely

  17. Dave says:

    Tails was 16 bit. These are cool as though!

  18. rsgelhar says:

    Honeydew. That’s all I need to say.

  19. egdirbr says:

    Cute… amazingly dorky, but cute.

  20. alex says:


  21. lilly says:

    how is it a optical illusion?

  22. Dave says:

    This is Mighty Optical Illusions. Not “Jill’s Cool Stuff Blog,” which is the impression I’ve been getting for the last month.

  23. Kyra says:

    zombie, steve and, SIMON?!?! I CAN’T GET BETTER THAN THIS!

  24. sarah says:

    awsome i suld where that to the mall

  25. fluttershy says:

    I like the Creepcreep

  26. froggy says:

    when im older i will dress up like samus aran like that to go to a halloween party.

  27. waffle says:


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