Yankeyan was the creator of the Kinect Lightsaber hack that you’ve most probably heard of earlier in the week. Well, this time around he’s using Kinect to play Super Mario Bros 1 with Microsoft’s new un-controller.
Even with the blanket-statement on a boilerplate special provided by Microsoft about hacking the Kinect, more and more people will jump on the chance of being able to use the Kinect system for other uses. Although there are coming games that will use the Kinect as these hackers are already doing, it would be a good idea if they can move on from these testings and make some homebrew.
With this new hack, Yankeyan programmed OpenKinect drivers to recognize motions as virtual button presses for a Nintendo Emulator. He mentions:
“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.”
The video below demonstrates a hack that, when tied to an emulator, results in using your body as a NES pad.