Ever wanted to see what you’re favourite 2D NES games look like in 3D? Well now you can. Vietnamese developer Trần Vũ Trúc has created an emulator that analyses NES ROMs uploaded to the cloud and then turns them into 3D art.
There isn’t any clear information on how the emulator turns the 2D games into 3D, but it does seem like it uses algorithms to extend sprites backwards, add shadows and decide where environmental elements sit in relation to one another.
You can clearly tell that it’s a work in progress; Mega Man looks like a living diorama, while Zelda 2 occasionally looks like one of Shigeru Miyamoto’s darker nightmares.
It’s very exciting progress and it seems like there’s more to come as Trần Vũ Trúc’s comments on the emulator’s webpage state that a downloadable Windows version will be released in future.
So if you have access to the Firefox browser, load up the 3DNES emulator right now and witness some 3D transformation. Seriously, super cool, even if some games still turn out looking quite scary!