ANN/THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN — Shiga Prefecture resident Yorihito Ishida has been recognized by Guinness World Records for creating the world’s largest mosaic using the colorful cartridges from Nintendo’s Family Computer (Famicom), a home video game console that once powered the world mastered. His art is full of love and playfulness towards the game characters.
Moriyama City disabled welfare worker Ishida, 38, used 4,256 Famicom cartridges to create the record-breaking mosaic featuring popular video game character Mario at a local community center on October 31 last year.
It took about seven hours to complete the mosaic that shows Mario sitting on Yoshi, a dinosaur-like character. With a length of 5.3 meters, a width of 6.1 meters and an area of about 32 square meters, it has been certified as the largest in the world.
Famicom was released in July 1983 and became so popular that by the late ’80s it was said that almost every home with elementary and middle school students had a console.
Ishida said, “In terms of grade level, I’m in the same class as the Famicom.”
Influenced by his older brother, Ishida was introduced to the game at a young age and became addicted to the Mario and Mega Man series, which he continued to enjoy as an adult.
In 2015, having accumulated a total of 600 to 700 game cartridges, Ishida thought, “With so many different colors (of cartridges) I could create art that no one else would have come up with.” After getting a great response on social media for received sharing a Test Mario Mosaic, he continued.
He made mosaics every weekend for four years until his marriage in 2019. He brought cartridges into the main hall of his family’s temple and immersed himself in the creation process for six to seven hours. He also collected designs from the internet and video game screenshots, including Son Goku from the anime Dragon Ball, and arranged the cartridges by colors such as blue, black, yellow, and white in a mixture of horizontal and vertical positions to complete his work .
Ishida was urged by his social media friends to attempt the Guinness record. The first entry consisted of a total of 4,256 tapes arranged vertically. When it didn’t reach the world record size of five square meters, he placed the cartridges horizontally to gain more space and erase the record.
“I thought it would be difficult to make it into Guinness World Records. It is like a dream. But when I found out I was recognized, I couldn’t help but raise my fist in the air.”
Famicom still has a strong following, and Ishida is one of them. “As long as my fingers work, I’ll play for the rest of my life,” he said.
“When I think about the enthusiasm of the production teams at that time to develop such interesting games with less data than a single smartphone photo, I can’t stop playing.”