News: Play any NES game.. in 3D!?

A new NES emulator has emerged on the scene, with the rather unusual feature of automatically transforming the games from their repressive 2D chains into glorious liberated 3D dioramas. It’s all a bit patchy and glitchy, to be sure.. but it’s really rather marvellous.


Going by the name of 3DNes, this new emulator is entirely playable online – however currently only running under Firefox – with a stock of select games including Castlevania, Megaman and Super Mario Bros. 3. Using some kind of voodoo magic called computer programming, the developers have managed to automatically morph in-game sprites into 3D blocks, which give many of the games a kind of mini-puppet theatre/toy set kind of feel.


Admittedly, though, some games certainly fare better than others – personal good picks for us include Megaman and Contra. The transition from 2 planes of existence to a third doesn’t bear well on every 8-bit protagonist, clearly, with a bit of weird glitching in the backgrounds or other oddities happening from time to time. Still, it’s pretty impressive that it works as well as it does, let alone at all, and if development continues this could produce a quite interesting new retro gaming experience.

Check out the video to see how it plays:

3DNes | Play Online


About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started and contribute to I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on March 9, 2016, in [News] and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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