3DNES Emulator To Emulate Classic NES Games In 3-D

March 10, 2016


This is a video demo of a beta version of 3DNES, a work-in-progress Nintendo emulator that renders classic NES games in 3-D. It's by no means perfect, but it does look promising. Kind of like the halfway point in a video makeup tutorial. You sort of look like a clown now but I believe in you.

Unlike SNES games, which have four background layers, NES games have a single layer for the entire background, making automatic 3D conversion tricky. According to the developer, 3DNes is based on an algorithm that analyses and separates flat backgrounds into singular, 3D objects. It's not just simply stretching out pixels on another axis, either: round objects are rendered as spherical or tubular shapes.

There's a video of a handful of games being rendered after the jump including Contra, Mega Man, Zelda II, Super Mario 3, The Legend Of Kage and Castlevania. Some definitely look better than others, and some just look pretty bad. Kind of like people. I remember having a conversation with my dad years ago and I asked him what percentage of the population would be considered attractive, and he estimated around 5%. Then I asked him if I was part of that 5% but he just gave me a sad look and wouldn't answer.

Keep going for the video demo.

Thanks to Aaron, who agrees everything that wasn't originally rendered in 3-D should be now because this is supposed to be the future, dammit.

  • seahen

    The Megaman screen would look awesome if the shadows weren't so dark.


  • Jenness

    I actually really like this and think it looks easier to play. If they work the rendering glitches out, I'd easily waste a couple of hours on this before realizing that my youth is gone and some dipshit c-level is blowing up my Skype to ask me how to do something a 2 year old could figure out on their own because I took 2 freaking hours out of my miserable 24/7/365 job to enjoy myself. I'm so depressed now.

  • Looks glitchy but probably a fun way to waste a sunday afternoon and have the novelty wear off and then go back to emulating regular styles.

  • Bling Nye

    Ugh, no thanks. Conversion from 2D to 3D almost always generally looks like crap. That black bar judder on the sides is enough to make you puke.

  • Mihos Bubastis

    Yay! Hating stuff!

  • Bling Nye

    And yay! Hating people!


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