A developer got Nintendo games running on Microsoft’s HoloLens

Laurent Giret

As virtual reality is expected to be the next big thing in the video games industry, it is also likely that games could boost interest in Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset. While some developers have already imagined what Pokemon Go on HoloLens would be like, independent developer Andrew Peterson has ported his N3S Nintendo emulator to the headset and classic Nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong and Tetris looks definitely amazing in mixed reality (via The Next Web).

Peterson’s custom NES emulator is able to transform the games’ 2D graphics into 3D and the retro hits now look more alive than ever. However, the emulator is still in alpha and the developer explained in the video description that it still has some technical limitations:

The HoloLens won’t run most games full speed, especially when the editor is built-in and people make more complicated 3D meshes for the sprites. I’ve also had to hand-tune and optimize the app for HoloLens in a way that won’t work with many games to get a consistent enough FPS.

If you’re interested in the 3D NES emulator, you can learn more about it on the official website and you can also get the source code on GitHub.