Have you ever wanted to be Link? To really see through his eyes and experience his realities for an entire adventure: traversing, exploring, swordfighting, tights management? OK, maybe not the last one.
Thanks to Oculus Rift, the concept of first-person Link is being realized; at least for the original The Legend of Zelda. Designer Ubiquitron released ZeldaVR Beta in early February, which appears to be a faithful recreation of the 8-bit original in virtual, pixely 3D. YouTuber Vaecon takes the game for a spin in the video below, with the action starting around the 0:55 mark:
It's amazing how much having to peek around a rock to see a monster instead of seeing everything in an omniscient, top-down view can change things. Small touches like keeping the "cave entrance" sound as you descend into a room are also quite neat. According to the game's page, the full version of ZeldaVR is planned to be released in March at no cost; Wii U owners can try out some first-person action in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, of course.
Would you like to try ZeldaVR? What other NES titles would you like to play from a virtual perspective? Let us know below.