Zelda, Contra become VR retro delights in 3DNes V2

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If you’re anything like me, you’re drowning under the purchases of games that have been re-released or remastered on a new platform, even if you’ve bought that same game several times already in your life. I do not know how or why I needed to drop $20 on a copy of Turok: The Man Who Hates Dinosaurs And Also Bad Dudes so I could play it on my Xbox One, yet here we are. If I had the hardware, I’d rather be sinking my time into revisiting all my favorite retro titles from a… different perspective… if you see where I’m going with this.

Old games look cool in VR. There. That’s what I was getting at. Anyhow, the 3DNes has a new version available for download and I think you’re going to want to see this.

3DNes is a Unity-based emulator that, as you might have guessed from context clues, converts NES games into 3D.

This back to the past by the means of future is pretty exciting, especially when you get into some of the modding and just how easy it looks to take old games and add brilliant little touches. Have a look at a video that shows what 30 minutes of tweaking can do.

The $10 app works for almost any VR system and you can download it here. This video shows off the new features of the brand new version 2 update.

And here’s some Contra as shown in the program. Contra is part of the 2.01 release. Does this seem like a weird way to play Contra? Is this going to make these games harder than they were before? If only there were some sort of cheat code…

Graham gave a dedicated Zelda VR remake a spin back in 2014 and you can read about it here but honestly the new version that’s up and running for 3DNes looks quite good. Check it out here.

So, what NES game would you fire up first? Or if you’re doing it now, send us a link to your videos.

…. If it was Urban Champion, someone beat you to it.


  1. Nelyeth says:

    Not too fond of re-releases and remasters myself. The original “RPS Treehouse Adventures” was great, but this new “RPS Remastered: Brock Wilbur’s Not-So-Wild Ride” is rubbish so far.

  2. Turkey says:

    Played around a bit with V1 when it came out. Adjusting the sprites to make them 3d was kinda tedious, tho. Also, depending on how the games are programmed, some of the background elements are linked together, making it impossible to push one object into the background without affecting something else.

  3. DeepSleeper says:

    You’re not funny.

  4. Jac says:

    I was thinking of Urban Champion!! That terrible beautiful game has a special place in my heart.

  5. milligna says:

    It’s ok for a few minutes, but nowhere near as fun as proper 3D on Gamecube and Wii games. Wind Waker and the Metroid Prime series are a gorgeous blast in VR. The various Kart games are really fun too, the graphics lend themselves very well to facebox messing about.

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    Drib says:

    What’s with all the comments on the author rather than the actual subject of the article?

    Anyway, this looks interesting. I mean, I can probably think of better ways to play emulated NES games than with a huge clunky Rift on my face, but it might be fun for an afternoon’s amusement or something.

    I’d never heard of it before, so thanks for the article.