Return to a simpler time in gaming, no download required.
It feels like only yesterday I was sitting at the foot of my childhood bed, my head buried in the screen of a yellow Gameboy Color as I attempted my 4th playthrough of the original Donkey Kong Country. Originally released in October of 1998, the pocket-sized device now stands as one of Nintendo’s most successful platforms, housing a huge variety titles that include Super Mario DX, Pokémon Yellow, and Worms: Director’s Cut, just to name a few.
Now, thanks to the work of one independent developer, you can enjoy some nostalgic 8-bit gaming via a fully-functional 5ft. Gameboy color brought to life in VR. Earlier this week, Reddit user _talkol_1 posted a link to a custom-built Gameboy emulator available in 6DOF VR. Built for the WebVR platform, users can access the app directly through a WebVR-compatible browser without the need for any downloads.
In order to use the emulator, you’ll need to provide the ROM file (computer file containing the data of a specific game cartridge) of whichever game you’d like to play. Once you have your files on hand, simply follow the instructions provided at Gameboy.webvr.link and open that same link in-headset to get started. If you don’t have any Gameboy Color ROMs, there’s also a trial version of the experience that offers access to a handful of brief demos for games like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, Spider-Man, Mario Golf, and Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors.
Is the experience practical? No. Staring up at the screen at a 70-degree angle while awkwardly slapping a series of massive buttons is far from a comfortable way enjoying the Gameboy Color catalog. Is it necessary? No, probably not. However, it’s still an excellent example of the power of the WebVR platform.
With the release of other WebVR-based projects like VR Flappy Bird and Moon Rider, it’s clear that VR has the potential to breathe new life into browser-based gaming.
Feature Image Credit: Reddit u/_talkol_1
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