Super Smash Bros. Melee on Oculus Rift looks and sounds amazing

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 5, 2014 at 4:07 p.m. PDT

Last week, we here at EventHubs posted a video that showed what Super Smash Bros. might look like if it were a first-person style fighter. Although this was simply an awesome, unplayable cinematic, one writer at The Verge was actually given a first-person-esque Super Smash Bros. Melee experience using the Oculus Rift.


This seemingly impossible feat became reality by way of the Dolphin emulator -- that which allows users to play their favorite GameCube and Wii games on PC or Mac. The open source software is fairly flexible, and is even capable of being programmed to support virtual reality hardware, which is exactly what Scott Kellum -- Vox Media's senior front-end designer -- did.

According to The Verge's article, simple in-game components that we don't pay too much mind -- such as the character select screen -- become incredible visual wonders when using the Oculus Rift. The "choose your fighter" menu is described as "a giant IMAX screen floating in midair," and the virtual reality hardware grants users the ability to examine it from a variety of different angles.

Although the write-up doesn't shed to much light on the actual gameplay experience, we are provided with an animated GIF of what Melee looks like when played using Oculus.


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Another interesting bit about the VR Smash Bros. lies deep within the outskirts of the playable stages. Certain battlefields that appear to be simple, 2-D planes actually contain intricate details invisible to the naked eye. In Corneria, the flying ship appears to be traveling on a small track, and in the Temple stage, the world around the airborne structure extends further out than you'd expect.

Taking a game from 2001 and making it into a full-fledged virtual reality experience comes with its fair share of glitches, however. Increased game speed and absent textures were just some of the bugs found in Oculus Melee, but the most notable glitch found made the Target Test and Race unplayable due to the camera showing the entire map by default.

Despite the aforementioned flaws, Super Smash Bros. Melee sounds like an amazing experience. But the best part of Oculus Melee? According to The Verge, the ending credits are an unrivaled marvel.

Source: The Verge.
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