'Super Mario Bros.' is reimagined in augmented reality with Microsoft's Hololens

Decked out completely in Super Mario gear, with the famous red cap being replaced with a HoloLens, he fully showcases this level in an unedited video. An AR-cade, as was used during a Ghostbusters event in NY in 2016, allows an augmented reality experience to be a "skin" over top of the real-world obstacles. A game tailor-made to use the HoloLens to create a large environment like this could be a lot of fun with the hardware's limitations incorporated into the design. Dressed as Mario, he took it for a spin in New York's Central Park and it worked rather well. Singh has now published a brand new video on YouTube that shows a working demo he has made specifically for Microsoft's #augmented reality headset, the Microsoft Hololens.

Of course, this will never become an actual game you can play, with Nintendo the sort to fiercely protect their IP - but it's a clear sign that we're living in the future. For the most part, though, it's a fascinating, freaky recreation of a familiar experience. This particular project wasn't sponsored by a company or a developer, either.

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He added that the limited field of view offered by HoloLens wasn't a big deal when playing the game, "since all the action tends to start happening further out in front of you".

Give gamers creation tools and they will inevitable do two things: Make digital dicks, and recreate Super Mario Bros World 1-1. Turning into an experience that really feels like a Mario game is a whole different challenge.

  • Desiree Holland