HoloLens dev transforms Super Mario Bros into AR game

Play enough Super Mario and you'll probably dream about being that iconic video-game plumber, rumbling over bricks and blasting question blocks with your fist. At least 28 year old developer Abhishek Singh can enjoy that fame for a while as news of his adventures spread far and wide. To be clear, this is not on the market, and he did this on his own. You can see the trailer above; it has both a first-person view and a side view.


Singh developed the AR demo using Unity and the Microsoft HoloLens, the latter the only widely available AR device and platform, at least for now. If it's not dance mats or motion controls it's virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) changing the world around us. Given that players would need huge open spaces to play - Singh said the final level was around 110 meters - it doesn't seem practical. Level 1-1 has likely been recreated more times and in more ways than any other level in video games, but Singh's version is definitely an awesome new look at it. For the most part, though, it's a fascinating, weird recreation of a familiar experience. Considering this level was built in just under a month by a young developer it stands to make us all curious as to what Microsoft may be able to do with this technology in the future. Turning into an experience that really feels like a Mario game is a whole different challenge.




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