RoundPeg Republic exhibited at the TY Expo in Punchestown this September, 2017. We wanted our exhibit to be game focused where visitors could get a feel for changes in Design across time.
To illustrate, we chose two systems, the Super Nintendo, a fourth generation game console released in 1992, and the Nintendo Wii, a sixth generation game console released in 2006.
Due to the nature of an Expo, we needed a game that could be completed relatively quickly and easily. Short on time and space, we chose Mariokart for it's fun, fast, racey features. With 15 years between the release of each version, a lot had changed. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the design of the controls.
The test was simple; Carry out the following three tasks where tasks 1 and 2 are interchangeable:
1. Play Mariokart on the Nintendo Wii
2. Play Mariokart on the Super Nintendo
3. Leave a star or a comment on the feedback poster of your preferred controller.
Things did not go according to plan!
Unfortunately, we did not have the space to accommodate visitors the way we had hoped to. Two consoles were simply not enough. Some visitors played just one console, others played two. Some visitors left comments on the feedback posters .......... when there was space to do so.
Despite these limitations, we could not have been more excited about the level of engagement we received. The Super Nintendo pad was the clear favourite on the day. Some of the comments from the feedback posters are captured below.