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There's a new way to play Super Mario Bros, and it's an 8-player, 360-degree game

Who needs one screen when you can see a NES game unfold all around you.

RESEARCHERS FROM ETH Zurich and Disney Research Zurich have created an eight-player experience where a game takes place around them.

The custom software and hardware setup allows side-scrolling NES games like Super Mario Bros, Castlevania, Excitebike and Contra to unfold around the eight players.

The game is displayed in real-time on a 360-degree projection system, and as it unfolds, the software stitches the level together to create a panoramic view. The system uses a series of projectors to display both the real-time version of the game and the parts already completed.

Once a player reaches a particular point, the next player takes control and it continues until they finish a level or lose the game.

NES 360 degree ETH Game Technology Center / YouTube ETH Game Technology Center / YouTube / YouTube

Testing out the system at an event with 400 people, it saw people continuously playing the games, stepping in and out of playing when required. Those attending cheered at a few instances whenever a player completed a difficult level.

For those who don’t have access to numerous projectors and a large hall, the researchers also created a virtual reality version. While it only requires one person to play, it’s not as practical since you have to continuously turn around to match the gameplay.

ETH Game Technology Center / YouTube

ETH Game Technology Center / YouTube

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