This Turbo Fun Crafts DIY cardboard toy looks like it’s simply side-scrolling through an endless drawing of the mushroom kingdom circa 1985, but there’s a lot of engineering inside. Plus, Mario is jumping through the scene. How was this cardboard Super Mario Game made?
With toilet paper tubes, rubber bands, chopsticks, paper, plastic bottle caps, cardboard, and a few other household supplies, this analog video game can make for a fun and challenging project. No electricity required. Turbo Fun Crafts shares highly detailed instructions, complete with measurements and step-by-step photos.
Plus, this DIY toy doesn’t always have to be a cardboard Super Mario contraption. With a few changes to the top of the box—adding a snap or clip so it can open and close—backgrounds and main characters can be swapped out. Replicate your favorite side scrollers or create your own video game worlds.
Find Turbo Fun Crafts’ Cardboard Super Mario Game instructions. They also have other DIY cardboard games on their website, including this Mario Kart-inspired project.
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