An Old-School Gaming Emulator in Concrete

If you played various iterations of Super Mario Bros. growing up — or as a grown up — you probably remember the rectangular character that’s able to crush Mario named “Thwomp.” Perhaps you didn’t give it much thought after avoiding it, but Wes Swain (aka “Geeksmithing” on YouTube), decided that it would make a great design for a retro gaming device.

Apparently not wanting to commit to chiseling the character out of actual stone, Swain instead used concrete poured into a 3D-printed mold. A Raspberry Pi Zero and a USB hub embedded inside allow it to act as a gaming device.

Though the results are spectacular, the build wasn’t without its challenges, as he had to start over quite a few times in the video below!

[h/t Motherboard]