As many of you know the Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular video game series to have ever been made. The Ocarina of Time is probably the most popular game in the series having a total of 7.6 million copies sold during it's lifetime. One of the most iconic features of the Ocarina of Time is when you open a chest.

As you go to open a mysterious chest a tune starts to play. This tune causes anticipation and suspense. When the tune hits it's climax Link holds the item he has found over his head in victory and a triumphant score is played. You feel accomplished for just opening a chest and holding an item.

So the goal for to day is to recreate that here. So equip Master Sword and grab you Hylian Shield, you have some items to collect!


  • A chest or a box or a container of some sort
    • I bought a plain chest from a craft store and then stained the wood
  • copper tape
  • a piezoelectric speaker
  • WS2812 LED strip (length can vary)
  • chipKIT Max32
  • 4-AA battery pack
  • AA batteries
  • 10K-Ohm Resistors
  • Wires
  • Solder
  • (Optional) A lever or switch

Once you have clear all of the dungeons and gathered all of your items let the adventure begin!

Step 1: The Design Dungeon

The first thing to consider when setting up your chest is the circuit of everything inside. The main part you really need to worry about is the button set up. The reason why this is such a big concern is because I used the actual chest as a button. When the lid is closed the button is being pressed. When the lid is open the button is not being pressed. It's a great way to get the timing correct for when the user opens the box.

You'll want to make sure you have enough space in your chest to hold a battery pack, a Max32, a LED strip, and wires. If you want to have your box look more beautiful then you'll have to find away to cover up all the wires and circuitry.

<p>This is great. If I ever suspend my hatred of putting together circuits long enough to make this I'll be sure to post a picture. </p><p>A few thoughts: Would there be a way to cover up the wires and battery pack on the inside? The outside looks good, but the inside's a mess of wires. I think a frosted plastic sheet of some sort would cover all that up while letting through and diffusing the light. Of course, we never see the inside of the chest in the game, so I guess it could just be a gob of circuits and LEDs. How would we know?</p><p>Point the Second: There's no item in it! I just finished this long-ass dungeon, and I don't even get a few Rupees? No way. This is an easy fix, however. If you have access to a 3D printer, <a href="http://www.thingiverse.com/search/page:1?q=zelda&sa=" rel="nofollow">this</a> will probably be helpful. If you don't, you could probably sculpt something like a Key or a Piece of Heart out of modeling clay. If you're going to go this far, you might as well go all out. </p><p>Again, this is a great idea, and I hope I get to make one one day. I should make one for my friend's birthday. He hates how the chests open in Ocarina. He says it's a waste of time to wait for Link to finish gawking at whatever is inside before you get to use it. I know it's a lot of energy to expend on what is basically a prank gift, but it is a nice chest.</p>
<p>Thanks for the comments! You could probably cover the wires with a thing piece of wood to lay over the board. Also the LED strip I was using has a sticky tape side so you could stick it to the edges of the box. You would just have a couple wires sticking out here and there. Also I would have stuck the battery pack in the lid and covered it up with some stuff but I ran out of time. If you have want design a circuit with out having to make it first check out this program called Fritzing. It'll allow you to design circuits digitally.</p><p>We do have a 3D printer but I'm not yet sure how to work it yet. Maybe I'll learn and post an Instructable about how to do that and my learning process. </p><p>The chest sequence in Ocarina is obnoxious. But it is one of the most Iconic things about the series. I personally enjoy Link to the Past much more. Here's a video you should watch about someone comparing Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XOC3vixnj_0" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Thank you for taking the time to comment on my project I really enjoy it :-)</p>
<p>I love that video. My friend actually forced me to sit down and watch it a few months ago. He said &quot;See? SEE?! I'M NOT CRAZY!&quot; I've only played Wind Waker, but the point still stands. I thought the whole Sequelitis series was masterfully done, and I hope Arin makes another one before I die of old age. </p><p>&quot;You took fun and made it un-fun&quot;.</p>
<p>Sweet!</p><p>Why do you need the solder though? It looks like the WS2812 strip from Digilent you can just use normal jumper wires to connect it to whatever board you're using.</p>
<p>You're very right about that. I went through and changed that. Digilent's LED strip doesn't require soldering. I soldered pieces of LED strips together to make the length I wanted. I also used solder to attach a resistor to a wire for the button.</p>

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