Kinect goes retro

In a convergence of old and new that will tickle many a funny bone, Microsoft's Kinect has been rigged as a NES controller.

''Yankeyan'', previously responsible for a Kinect hack which allowed a user to control a lightsaber using little more than a wooden stick, has set his sights on a classic, creating a gesture control scheme for Super Mario Bros.

In a YouTube description, yankeyan described how he used OpenKinect drivers and a PC NES emulator to create his tribute to 25 years of Mario. He also admitted it was a fairly strenouous way to play.

''I programmed it to recognize my motions and passed the virtual button presses to the NES emulator. I could have placed a simulated keypad right in front of me that I can press with my hands, but I thought full body gestures were more in the spirit of Kinect. Of course, Mario isn't designed to be played like this, so this is really really hard,'' he said.

 

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jasonon said,
Why aren't developers using this??

Using what? All of this stuff already exists on Kinect for 360, and Kinect adventures has similar (but infinetly better looking =) games.

As cool as this looks, it's definitely seems like something that would get old rather quickly. The 8-bit/16-bit games just weren't meant to be played like this. I'd rather play those games with the actual controller. Would be a cool party trick, but can't see it getting anything more exciting than that.

It's probably not intended to be a real "controller replacement", as obviously just by watching the video it's cumbersome as hell.. it's more along the lines of "doing it just because it can be done." You have to admit that since the open source drivers came along, there's a lot of pretty creative things being done with the Kinect that Microsoft probably hasn't even considered. They should probably just release their own drivers for the thing.. Kinect hackers become an R&D department that they don't have to pay for.

This is a must have for Super Street Fighter 4. Imagine doing Ryu's combos:
(Opponent in corner) Level 2/3 Saving Attack, Dash Forward, Towards + Hard Punch, Crouching Light Punch, Crouching Hard Punch, EX-Hurricane Kick, juggle with EX-Fireball and with another EX-Hurricane Kick.

wetworker said,
This is a must have for Super Street Fighter 4. Imagine doing Ryu's combos:
(Opponent in corner) Level 2/3 Saving Attack, Dash Forward, Towards + Hard Punch, Crouching Light Punch, Crouching Hard Punch, EX-Hurricane Kick, juggle with EX-Fireball and with another EX-Hurricane Kick.
Hadoooken would be somehow easy to do...

wetworker said,
This is a must have for Super Street Fighter 4. Imagine doing Ryu's combos:
(Opponent in corner) Level 2/3 Saving Attack, Dash Forward, Towards + Hard Punch, Crouching Light Punch, Crouching Hard Punch, EX-Hurricane Kick, juggle with EX-Fireball and with another EX-Hurricane Kick.

Mortal Kombat!!

+1, I agree completely. When Windows Phone 7 came out, all sorts of news articles came out also. When Kinect came out, all sorts of kinect hacks came out. When Apple's stuff comes out, the coverage issue is all over the news articles... Seriously, we do not want to hear 24/7 about the Kinect, most of these Kinect hacks posted here are old news anyway...

I have a Windows Phone 7, and I had an iPhone 3G, and I have nothing against Kinect at all. I'm no PS3 fan, I had an Xbox 360. I'm not biased at all, this is truth, these news articles about Kinect only take the front page all up for themselves and leave WORTHY news articles unposted...

Electric Jolt said,
+1, I agree completely. When Windows Phone 7 came out, all sorts of news articles came out also. When Kinect came out, all sorts of kinect hacks came out. When Apple's stuff comes out, the coverage issue is all over the news articles... Seriously, we do not want to hear 24/7 about the Kinect, most of these Kinect hacks posted here are old news anyway...

I have a Windows Phone 7, and I had an iPhone 3G, and I have nothing against Kinect at all. I'm no PS3 fan, I had an Xbox 360. I'm not biased at all, this is truth, these news articles about Kinect only take the front page all up for themselves and leave WORTHY news articles unposted...


I know, right?! We should totally sue these Editors for forcefully making us read all of their articles!

Electric Jolt said,
+1, I agree completely. When Windows Phone 7 came out, all sorts of news articles came out also. When Kinect came out, all sorts of kinect hacks came out. When Apple's stuff comes out, the coverage issue is all over the news articles... Seriously, we do not want to hear 24/7 about the Kinect, most of these Kinect hacks posted here are old news anyway...

I have a Windows Phone 7, and I had an iPhone 3G, and I have nothing against Kinect at all. I'm no PS3 fan, I had an Xbox 360. I'm not biased at all, this is truth, these news articles about Kinect only take the front page all up for themselves and leave WORTHY news articles unposted...

Then why did you click on this page link? U could avoid it. Neowin is not forcing.

thommcg said,
All I'm saying is I'd appreciate real news as opposed to "here's another fun kinect video".

I'm on Neowin mobile, but I only see 2 Kinect articles on the front page. I think they've just been pushing a lot more stories than previously, so you're seeing a lot of Kinect articles in the midst of everything.

In the past we would get like 3 or 4 stories on a saturday. I was actually shocked to see so many articles today.

Electric Jolt said,
When Windows Phone 7 came out, all sorts of news articles came out also. When Kinect came out, all sorts of kinect hacks came out. When Apple's stuff comes out, the coverage issue is all over the news articles.
How the hell is this surprising, or a bad thing?

Drunken Beard said,
Kinect has become the new hobbyist's favourite toy, didn't see that coming. If Microsoft plays this right it could become huge !

I do think MS is playing it right by saying they would not persecute anyone, meaning that you are can do whatever you want with the device and it will be ok with them

JJustice said,
I love how all the hacked releases are better than the official.

Yeah, Microsoft's PC releases really suck. Oh wait, they haven't released anything, so there's nothing "official". So in some strange way, you're still right lol.

JJustice said,
I love how all the hacked releases are better than the official.

I take it you've never actually played with a Kinect then? Even Kinect Adventures that comes free with the thing is an awesome experience.

Navan said,

You obviously can't notice sarcasm.

And the sarcasm in "great work but he sucks at playing." is where exactly?

Faisal Islam said,

maybe compared 2 him (Navan)


yeah, probably.

Well, it would be hard to play a game meant for playing with a controller. That's where the sarcasm was.