Pixel Art Challenge: Virtual Boy Turns 15


This week marks 15 years since the Japanese release of the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's first foray into stereoscopic 3D handhelds. Therefore, we want to see what you can create using the Virtual Boy restrictions shown below; can you make a red-tinted masterpiece mock-up for this ill-fated system?

Remember: As it is a big canvas, you may want to consider breaking the image up into tiles.

Also, here's a nice example by Scruffs of a VB mock-up, if you need some inspiration.

Canvas Size - Exactly 384 (width) x 224 (height).
Colours - Exactly 4. Use only the colours from this palette:

picture by tumble_weed

plese make sure you are using the exact colours shown above.

Transparency -No.
Animation - Optional.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by skamocore @ 7/19/2010 00:01  |    23


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Skull (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/22/2010 09:37

Virtual Boy.. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

MIERDINSKY (Level 8 Partner) @ 7/21/2010 08:01

UPS ! Creo Que Tengo Que Iniciar de nuevo : s no entendía Muy bien El Reto.


Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 7/21/2010 07:15

@Mierdinsky   Sabes que es un mock-up? Es como una muestra de como se ve un juego cuando lo juegas. El reto es hacer una muestra con solo esos cuatro colores. Entiendes?

Como esto: http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/8483.htm Pero solo usando los 4 cuatro colores que te dieron.

MIERDINSKY (Level 8 Partner) @ 7/20/2010 12:53

Alguien me puede explicar el reto ??..o por lo menos esto de   "can you make a red-tinted masterpiece mock-up for this ill-fated system?" es que no entiendo muy bien .


W M (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/20/2010 03:03

Alrightey then, AA-ing for sure :D

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/20/2010 03:01

"Exactly 4."

W M (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/20/2010 02:57

Do we have to use all four colors? I'll probably end up using all of them for AA-ing, but so far my submission-to-be has used only two of the colors.

Paulo Peres (Level 6 SWAT) @ 7/19/2010 18:53

OK, thanks, guys.

Argyle (Level 6 Manager) @ 7/19/2010 17:23

You sure can!  Just have a frame delay of a few seconds so we can see each screen.

Jinn (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/19/2010 16:50

{ But... Is it allowed to make with frames, right? one per screen?

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/19/2010 16:41

No. But you can enter twice (or as many times as you like).

Jinn (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/19/2010 16:38

{ May I show two or more screens of the game in the same submission?

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/19/2010 06:42

You can submit all art here. If it's for the challenge, then make sure you check the "Submit to weekly challenge" box at the bottom of the page.

vicodin (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/19/2010 06:36


thanks ^_^

i'm a novice here, that's why dont know all these details. 

where i can to upload work to this challenge?

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/19/2010 06:24

@vicodin - nothing actually needs to be in 3D; essentially, all that's needed is a mock-up using those four colours on a 384 x 224 canvas. Tiles = smaller blocks which the image is made up of; for example, in this image, the lower half shows the tiles that the top half is created from. breaking things into tiles is just a suggestion, as it's a big canvas size. You don't need to use tiles.

vicodin (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/19/2010 06:11

 i didn't understand... please say, do we must to make 3d scene of any game like in example? only 3d? 

and what mean that we must to break into a tiles? 


*sorry for bad english, i'm from Russia

Badassbill (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 7/19/2010 06:08

It's right here in this homebrew programming manual: http://www.goliathindustries.com/vb/download/vbprog.pdf

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/19/2010 05:58

Any size; it's merely a suggestion. You can follow actual VB limitations as rigidly as possible, just as long as it fits the restrictions given by the challenge rules.

@Morganne - awesome, pity you didn't keep them though D:

Morganne (Level 4 Murderer) @ 7/19/2010 05:44

I owned two of these untill last year. I miss them dearly.

...they could very well be partially responsible for my poor eyesight. Even though I only played with 'em for about a week :o

Paulo Peres (Level 6 SWAT) @ 7/19/2010 05:28

If we use tiles to break the image, there's a size to follow or we are free to use any size?

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/19/2010 05:24

 This can be quite fun.

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/19/2010 04:15

I'm pretty sure it couldn't. Source?

Edit: Anyway, regardless, these are the colours to be used for this challenge. I didn't realise that, if it is true.

Badassbill (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 7/19/2010 04:08

I'd like to note that the VB could only show 4 shades at any one time, but you could choose from a range of 32 shades.

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