Video: The Legend of Zelda Brings the Epic in Oculus Rift
Posted by Tim Latshaw
This whole 3D Zelda thing could really catch on...
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.