Playing Super Mario Bros. In 3-D In Virtual Reality

May 17, 2017


This is a video demonstration of Super Mario Bros. being played using 3DNES (a system that detects 2D objects in NES games and turns them into 3D ones -- previously) and a virtual reality headset. It looks difficult. Now I'm not saying there's no way that Mario was able to save the princess playing like this, but I take that back, that's exactly what I'm saying. She probably died in that stark dungeon cell cold and alone, and now Toad is just a stuffed footstool for Bowser's throne. I guess that's what you get when you rely on a plumber to save an entire kingdom. The last plumber I hired couldn't even unclog the toilet in my new place. "You tried to flush a dozen hotdogs at once." They were brats, and I needed to know if it could handle a heavy load.

Hit the jump for the video, more info if you want to play it yourself HERE.

Thanks to Tony, who wishes we lived in 2D, where everything is simpler.

  • Forblat


  • palpable ovaltine

    That's how it sounded on the original game.

  • Konstantin

    Not quite. If you compare it to other videos on-line, you'll notice that sounds in this video are extra raspy. This is actually a pretty common NES emulation audio glitch. It has to do with how some games, like Mario, used the "noise" channel as an extra audio track for percussion sounds. Not all emulators do it justice.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Need to increase the render distance, but still, this is super cool.

  • Konstantin

    They can't. This is emulation, not a completely new engine. It simply renders predefined tiles/sprites as 3D objects instead of flat images. What you see as the edge of render distance is precisely where your TV screens ends in the 2D version. Game simply isn't bothering to keep track of anything beyond that point. And given how much NES/SNES generation games relied on TV screen dimensions as a fixed constant, it'd be a pain to try and fix. Easier to write a new engine from scratch.


    Made me feel sick, me thinks VR would be no good for me

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