Bring out those Nintendo Emulators because Kinect gives a fresh way to play your vintage games.  Youtube user yankeyan released this video displaying what the Kinect can do to revive these all-time favorites. Through physical movements such as running, jumping and leaning, the classic Mario game can now be played with your body as your controller. Think of it like the Wii minus the console. Motion-based games can now be played in your PC.

Here is a description of yankeyan’s project:

“I programmed it to recognize my motions and passed the virtual button presses to the NES emulator. I could have placed a simulated keypad right in front of me that I can press with my hands, but I thought full body gestures were more in the spirit of Kinect.”

While the concept of motion-based gaming is not new, this project was the first step towards utilizing the Kinect to serve as a controller for games that can be run in your Personal Computer. Since the PC is known to house emulators or renditions of vintage games from Nintendo to Sony, this project has already created much interest in the Kinect community. What’s more, this project did not fully utilize the depth camera of the Kinect by playing a 2d game. What more if you could use the Kinect to play PS1 FPS?


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