Everyone remembers playing Super Mario on the NES back in 1985, or some variant of it in the past, but today Mario has been shown running on the Microsoft HoloLens.
VR and MR engineer Niu recently posted on Twitter a quick look at an experimental project that has seen Super Mario ported to Microsoft HoloLens and running in mixed reality. The little red man can now jump between objects directly in front of you, which is pretty awesome.
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It uses the depth sensing technology of the HoloLens to map out the environment around you and project Mario in mixed reality. He can jump over tables, fall off the edge, walk from side to side, and move across the entire depth of the room fully adapting to the surroundings.
— niu（にぅ） (@niusounds) May 20, 2017
It’s important to remember that this is only a project but shows how one of our favorite characters from time past can be given new life when combined with modern technology. Nintendo were non-committal with VR or even MR when it came to its latest Nintendo Switch console so it seems unlikely something official will ever come to fruition.
Mario in mixed reality is just the start of old classics that have been experimented with utilizing technology like the Microsoft HoloLens but it relies on companies that own the intellectual property of these classics allowing them to be ported.
If you could bring any old classic to modern virtual reality or mixed reality, would would it be? Drop us a comment below.