Super Mario Bros.
It seems like whenever someone needs a simple basis for a ‘proof of concept’ videogame, it’s Super Mario Bros . That they turn to. We’ve already seen the original NES title turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience. Now a HoloLens developer has recreated it as a HoloLens augmented reality (AR) experience and magnified his thoughts by creating Super Mario Bros and giving the past a bright future in VR.
A HoloLens developer, recreated the famous first level of the classic NES platformer using Unity . And then went to New York’s Central Park to play it using Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. The AR recreation is life-size and 3D, staying as close as possible to the NES layout. Goombas can be stomped upon, holes can be jumped across and power ups such as the Mushroom can be picked up. The simulate the growing effect of the Mushroom powerup, the world around the player shrinks to create the proper perspective.
The AR recreation still has a few hiccups and quirks, and some purists might find the idea of simply side-stepping around enemies instead of jumping on or over them to be sacrilege. But the core of the NES classic is there. As Singh told UploadVR: “I also had to model all the assets and elements of the game and at times rethink the experience and gameplay to work in a real-world 3D setting. The most time was probably spent on tweaking the game to work in a large outdoor environment. It still has a few quirks but is definitely playable. The final level was more than 110m long!”
uper Mario Bros. isn’t the only title to be recreated for HoloLens, however. An ambitious developer known as KennyW has gone to the trouble of recreating space-bending puzzle title Portal in AR for the HoloLens. Though not as complete as the Mario recreation and more of a proof of concept. The Portal recreation allows HoloLens users to throw around Portal’s iconic Companion Cube using portals. Since the HoloLens Portal is only an early demo. There are as of yet no puzzles to solve, but what the future holds for the HoloLens when it comes to videogames could be interesting.
Super Mario Bros. Comes to Life in Pokemon Go Inspired Video
Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset isn’t super popular yet, some people may have never heard of it at all. But augmented reality technology is rapidly getting better and soon it will be everywhere. While this isn’t the first time that a coder has developed an unsanctioned Mario augmented reality port for HoloLens. It’s the only first-person version and it looks a lot cooler than the other versions seen so far.
Microsoft‘s HoloLens is a head-mounted display unit connected to an adjustable, cushioned headband. Which can lift HoloLens up and down, as well as backward and forward. The front of the device contains sensors, camera, and processors with 3D audio speakers on the side. Allowing users to hear outside sounds as well as the augmented reality sounds. The augmented reality is used at a very basic and non-immersive way for the smartphone game, Pokémon GO. Players go around in real-world environments to hunt and catch Pokémon . While the game has seen a major backlash, it’s been a pretty cool way to get kids off of the couch an interacting with their environment.