8-bit NES games turned into 3D

As graphics in video games have improved over the years, how would it be if we brought some of those advances, turning our old NES favourites into 3D? That’s what 3DNES tries to do.

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No need to install the beta of this emulator—it runs directly in a Web browser. It was written using Unity and currently runs only in Firefox. The algorithm in the software will do its best to convert the look of any game in the ROM you legally obtained at the URL you specify into a 3D environment which you can rotate and zoom. Ars Technica wrote some details about how the emulator does its thing.

Like any software in development, it’s buggy and it’s not perfect, but it’s still pretty cool. If you’re using Firefox, try it out!