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See how classic Nintendo games look with the Oculus Rift

Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Ocarina of Time and Mario Kart!

Ever wondered how classic Nintendo games would look in first-person with a VR headset? Well wonder no more as YouTuber Chadtronic has made videos detailing his experience combining the Oculus Rift with modded version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Ocarina of Time, and Mario Kart: Double Dash.

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Not all games - or their emulations - are created equal and some function as a better fit for the Oculus Rift than others. Naturally Metroid Prime makes the smoothest transition, since the game was already designed with a first-person perspective in mind, but some of these other games sync well with it too - at least in part.

While playing The Wind Waker in first-person seems to defeat the point of Link's incredibly expressive, wide-eyed avatar, there are moments where it really comes into its own - particularly when gliding about with a leaf overhead. I don't think a fully first-person Zelda will ever work, but having the option to poke about the scenery from Link's point of view is nice every now and again (something you can do in the recent Wii U HD remake), and if Nintendo designed these games with VR headsets in mind from the get-go it could really be something - particularly in Mario Kart if you could drive one way while peering to the side to see your competition edge up.

For more retro-fitted Oculus fun, we saw a man try this a couple of weeks ago with the original The Legend of Zelda, something Chadtronic later attempted before going one step further down Nintendo's pipeline.

What do you make of the following proof of concepts?

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