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I need this HoloLens NES emulator in my life right now

by Jacob Kleinman | August 20, 2016August 20, 2016 8:00 am PST

Microsoft recently made the HoloLens available for anyone to buy for a whopping $3,000. That probably sounds like way too much for the first-generation holographic headset, but this NES emulator for the HoloLens may just change your mind.

Created by developer Andrew Peterson, N3S is an NES emulator that lets you play classic 8-bit video games on the HoloLens. In a short video, you can see old favorites like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Tetris and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link all rendered beautifully in 3D space.

Viewing the games through HoloLens also means you can walk around and look at them from different angles. The emulator gives the old 2D titles some blocky depth so you can make them out even from an angle. The effect is really cool, and it almost seems like Mario is right there in the room.

N3S won’t be able to run full games at full speed, but you will be able to edit the holograms. The project is also a work in progress, and Peterson is still trying to add key features like sound and the ability to save your progress. So you still have some time to start saving up for a HoloLens before the finalized emulator is ready to go.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...