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Stereograms consist of separate two dimensional images that when overlapped produce a new three dimensional picture - much in the same way your brain produces a three dimensional rendering from the two images captured by your eyes. Traditionally, a special viewer was used to produce the 3D effect but a little effort and knowledge of a few viewing techniques (see below) can produce the same results for most people. If you're not satisfied with just Nintendo images, try Magic Eye - a fascinating book of stereograms.

Mario Luigi Secret Secret

Within these patterns lies the image of such famous Nintendo characters as Mario and Luigi. These images are property of Nintendo and captured from the famous 50th issue of Nintendo Power. If this is your fist time viewing stereograms, make sure to read the suggested viewing techniques below.

Logo GameCube Secret Secret

GameCubicle artists love nothing more than tooling around with expensive graphical programs. Above are a few stereograms featuring GameCube greatness (with an emphasis on the logo) in full 3D.

Mario Fly World Yoshi Luigi's Mansion

These creative drawings by Nintendo artists are brought to life through stereogram technology. Expect a few headaches while viewing the above stereo-pair stereograms. You can view these in 3D by making the two black dots above the images into three. The center image will appear three dimensional. Please do not attempt to focus these images if you are not skilled at stereogram viewing.

Bowser Luigi Star Fox Luigi

Ever wonder what flat screen shots would look like from a three dimensional perspective? GameCubicle has modified screens from some GameCube titles to give the appearance of 3D when overlapped. Like the above drawing stereograms, these are very difficult to accomplish. If a headache occurs, stop immediately. Tip: take a few steps away from your computer, it will be easier to focus such images.

If you've never viewed stereograms before, you're in for a treat - and perhaps some frustration. The key to viewing stereograms is the ability to alter the focus of one's eyes. In doing so, what once was viewed as a flat two dimensional image will reveal itself as a hidden third dimension. The following viewing techniques should help most viewers to successfully alter their focus. Again if you'd like a great book of stereograms, try Magic Eye.
  • Technique: Most computer screens are reflective to some extent. Find the reflection of any light or window in the monitor and focus on that. After a short while your eyes may reinterpret the depth of the image and reveal the three dimensional picture. Some variation in distance from your monitor may be needed.
  • Technique: Move your head as close to the computer monitor as you can (until your nose touches if you can). Look vacantly into the screen without focusing on the image. When you're eyes feel comfortable, slowly move back from the screen without refocusing. It may be easier to print the image, hold the printed version to your nose, and then slowly move the paper away.
  • Technique: A slight variation of the above technique works in the opposite manner. Stare at an object in the distance. Without refocusing, move the printed image (or laptop screen) into your line of sight. It will appear blurry and within a few seconds the three dimensional image may reveal itself.
  • Technique: If the above suggestions are not helpful, try this more direct approach. Hold a finger or pencil straight up and stare at it. Attempt to alter your focus and produce two pencils with your eyes (glance into the background if necessary). Practice this for a while and try to replicate the same eye manipulations while looking into a stereogram.
The end result of learning to view stereograms is the ability to see such images without using special techniques - the ability to alter your focus on command without much effort.

Copyright Notice: Please refrain from duplicating any of the above images on other Web Sites without their watermarks. Nintendo character stereograms are from Nintendo Power issue 50. Stereogram drawings (by Makato Suigiyama and Yoshitaka Kokubun) are also property of Nintendo - taken from Super Stereogram. All other stereograms were created by GameCubicle.


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