Whenever new videogame innovations come along there is always one franchise that, without fail, is suggested for integration. Nintendo’s Super Mario series has always focused on presenting fresh new ideas to players, so it’s no surprise that many virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have talked about the potential for a VR-based entry in the franchise at great length. Of course, Nintendo itself is yet to announce its own VR head-mounted display (HMD), but until that time perhaps fans can enjoy this tribute to one of the Italian plumber’s more unique titles.
Indie developer Peter Valencia has created a VR tribute to the Super Nintendo classic, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The experience is based around the Star Hill environment from the celebrated title, allowing players to walk around in a first-person perspective. Players can get a sense of how the area received its name, with star-like planets sprouting from the ground as they stand under a sky littered with bright dots in the distance. Some of the area’s unique wildlife has also been included in the software.
The demo was created using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.4.1 and is compatible with both the first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2) for the Oculus Rift VR HMD. The developer has stressed that the project is ‘completely 100% noncommercial and nonprofit’, having simply been made for ‘educational purposes only.’ The experience can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta for PC. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.