Pixelated Characters Entering Reality


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.

These 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.

In 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.

The 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.

On 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.

If 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.

But 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.

And 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.

If 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.


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    • anonymouse10

      its just cardboard! -_-‘

  • Annie

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

  • Steve

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

  • August.


    • The Doctor

      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.

  • PromiseMe

    Those are so cool!

  • Susan

    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/

  • Artemis Fowl

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

  • alex

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

    1st comment!

  • Pintosong

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

  • Dave

    these are by far super cool!

  • me123987645

    that’s cool

  • illusion lover

    this is soooooooooooo awesome!!!

  • NeeL

    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.

  • fossda

    i would go for Super Mario!

  • raul

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

  • Awesome Anonyomous

    Luigi definitely

  • Dave

    Tails was 16 bit. These are cool as though!

  • rsgelhar

    Honeydew. That’s all I need to say.

  • egdirbr

    Cute… amazingly dorky, but cute.

  • alex


  • lilly

    how is it a optical illusion?

    • Becky

      It isnt its just a man doing random stuff with that on :

  • Dave

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

  • Kyra

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

    • Kyra

      I meant “it” instead of “I”.

  • sarah

    awsome i suld where that to the mall

  • fluttershy

    I like the Creepcreep

  • froggy

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

  • waffle


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