Many virtual reality (VR) fans dreams of what beloved videogame company Nintendo could achieve if it turned its attention towards the technology. The company has no shortage of franchises that could make enticing VR experiences and the ideas and innovation to create thrilling new IP. While it doesn’t appear as if the Mario makers will be getting involved with VR any time soon, fans can now at least sample some of their past works with an Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD).
This opportunity arrives in the form of Dolphin VR, an unofficial VR adaption of the Dolphin Emulator that runs Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii and Virtual Console titles. It can currently be downloaded for free on PC over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. According to the software’s creator Carl Kenner “3D Games can be played in Virtual Reality with accurate life-size scale, full FOV, a 3D HUD, independent aiming, and the ability to look around.”
All that said, Kenner warns that many titles don’t support the VR conversion just yet, though some are ‘working well’. A list of compatible titles hasn’t been provided, although Gamecube classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is used at the Oculus VR Share’s picture, suggesting that at least this works with the software. Dolphin VR also features support for the Razer Hydra motion controller, which will undoubtedly come in handy for Wii titles.
Though unofficial, this might prove to be the best chance for some fans to try the likes of Metroid and more in VR for a long while. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.