With virtual reality (VR) technology becoming a bigger prospect seemingly by the day, fan-made mods are becoming less and less common as people look forward to original content. That said, this month has seen one of the most beloved videogames of all time receive a VR makeover. Indie developer Chris Zaharia has released an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) compatible version of the Ninentdo 64’s Super Mario 64 onto the official Oculus VR Share Beta.
Super Mario 64 VR contains the world map and first level of the platform-based classic. Players control Mario from a first-person perspective and are able to explore iconic locations in VR for the first time. The title even features support for the Razer Hydra motion controller and hand-tracking with Leap Motion, allowing players to grab and throw bob-ombs as well as punch enemies themselves. The King Bobomb boss is also featured at the top of the level.
Zaharia warns that the demo is “still far away from a stable or comprehensive state,” but explains that it still features many of the elements of the original. Players can even see Mario’s nose in front of them as they play. It’s not clear how far the developer intends to take Super Mario 64 VR, but it certainly sounds as if it will see some updates in the future.
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