Introduction: Augmented Reality Paper Mario

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Have you already played Paper Mario Sticker Staron Nintendo 3DS?
A great thing to be unwrapped under the christmas tree! And a great thing to be played, as well.

So I gathered all my creative talents and crafted a magic diorama that can be built in less than 20 minutes.
World, hast thou ever seen quite a thing like that? It is the future, no really.

Step 1: Getting Ready

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The first step is download the PDF. It can be found here and is of course free to download.

The second step is to buy a smart phone. It can be found here and is of course expensive to buy.

And in the rare case that you already have one, you have to download Junaio.
This is an Augmented Reality App and available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

Step 2: Papercraft - Printing

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Print out the PDF.

Second page is enough, if you want to take care of the forest and the ink lagoons.
In case you have heavy paper (twice as heavy as normal paper would be great) you should use it.
It makes a much more convincing impression, because it doesn’t curl easily like normal paper. And you may want to set the printer settings to non-glossy photo paper.

Step 3: Papercraft - Assembling

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Let’s start with the crafting!

Before you cut everything out, you should scratch all folding lines with a cutter or your scissors.

These are mountain folds - - - - -
and these are valley folds . . . . . .

The first picture shows how to assemble the background. The hills are bent not only for optical but for stability reasons.

When you glue the cube together, glue the flap that you see in the second picture first. Then glue the arm on the backside on the white areas and then the top square to the 3 flaps.

Then glue the arm of the cube to the hills. If the cube doesn’t seem to hang in the air quite convincing, you can cheat a bit with the aid of sticky tape in the back, like I did in picture 3.

Step 4: Discover

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You are done!

All you have to do now is point at the diorama with Junaio on your phone and discover the magic!


PatR15 (author)2015-11-09

Very nice. I did this with my kids and they loved it!!

TSLoire (author)2015-04-24

If this doesn't meet people's expectations then maybe you should look into using Unity3D and Vuforia, the possibilities with those two are near endless and a lot more powerful than using something like Layar and Junaio. You have to be good at programming though!

azharz (author)2013-01-03

Very nice, How if you use Layar, because I think it is much powerful than Junaio.

ferdy1821 (author)azharz2015-03-13

I disagree! :P

azharz (author)ferdy18212015-04-05


WastedBabies (author)2013-01-04

Not worth the time. I just did it expecting Mario to move but you cant even interact with the AR.
Not recommended. (author)WastedBabies2013-01-05

I am trying to fix that, Junaio doesn't accept animated gifs.

ferdy1821 (author)kamibox.de2015-03-13

With creator now it is easy to make it move and many more

askjerry (author)2013-01-06

I must be missing something...
1) How did you upload the character to the software?
2) How did you generate the QR code and merge it with the character?

You show how to make a paper cutout and download a file... but I didn't see anytihng on how to MAKE the file, how to UPLOAD the file, etc.

If I want to create my own 3D things for my kids to play with how do I accomplish that? If I wanted to make a pop-up story book... and have each page do something different... I have art programs... and I can generate a QR code... how do I tie it all together?

Additionally... the demo page for the software showed animations and what looked like a game... 3D views with pan... how does that work?

ferdy1821 (author)askjerry2015-03-13

Hi, you can find all the info in how to make AR for junaio at metaio website. The easiest way is through Metaio Creator app, just drag and drop contents

If you are into coding, you might want to check the junaio quickstarts (author)askjerry2013-01-06

I am also new to the software and am struggling with textures of 3D objects and animated images. I will write an Instructable about how to create one of those when I am able to explain it completely.

Any word on this request by @askjerry?

askjerry (author)jefferson.rahl2014-08-20

No, never heard anything back. I pretty much just gave up on it.

ninjapanda12 (author)2013-04-12

These are amazing!!

chaydgb (author)2013-01-30

Great idea, I wasn't even aware of this API. To those who have negative/unhelpful comments; Stop whining and go make an improved version!

1800yolk (author)2013-01-09

This is a really cool idea! I think you've got haters in the comments because they got a bit imaginative about what they were seeing in your photo, but if they were to interact with this in person, they would have been pleasantly surprised. I swear some people expect so much, I'm surprised they're not complaining that it doesn't make toast

ferdna (author)2013-01-06

I demand video.

Ali8bongo (author)2013-01-05

Good, idea but i would of hoped for some functionality for example Mario hitting the block and then coins coming out. (author)Ali8bongo2013-01-05

I will try to solve that.

Ali8bongo (author)kamibox.de2013-01-05

Thanks, if you do manage to solve it, if you could inform me It would be appreciated as apart from the limited functionality it is a very cool project :)

gbenoffi (author)2013-01-03


back yard guru (author)2013-01-03

that is sweet

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