New Emulator Adds 3D to Classic NES games

Nintendo and Sega have given us a handful of “3D classics” for the Nintendo 3DS, a new emulator is about to change the game. 3DNes is a Untiy-based emulator that, as the name suggests, converts side-scrolling NES games into 3D.

Unlike SNES games, which have four background layers, NES games only have a single layer for the entire background, making a 3D conversion awfully 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.

Geod Studio hopes to improve the number of games that work well through subsequent beta releases. “If the emulator can render decently [even one tenth of] NES game collection,” it’s already a big success for me,” Geod’s Trần Vũ Trúc told users on the TASVideos message board. He also suggests that there might be the potential for users to individually tailor the emulator for certain games, but he wants to ensure there’s “a strong emulation engine as the backbone” first.

There’s still a lot of room for improvement. t’s available online in a WebGL Unity player, which is extremely unstable and only works in Firefox. But still, how cool is this?

. For now, you’re probably better of wistfully watching all the videos Geod has uploaded to YouTube, and patiently waiting.

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