Hobbyists and enthusiasts making new games for old consoles is nothing new, though their efforts to push these ancient machines to their limits often makes for interesting reading. An NES “demake” of the Super Smash Bros. concept titled Super Tilt Bros. is making the rounds this week, particularly for one notable feature: the simplified fighting game features online play with rollback on NES hardware.
To be clear, the game’s online play only works via a web emulator on its Itch.io page at this early juncture, but functioning prototype carts of the game do exist, featuring a Wi-Fi chipset and antenna directly printed onto the chip. The game’s code also features a GGPO-esque rollback system, meaning that it attempts to compensate for latency by guessing your opponent’s inputs. It’s all very complicated, so if you’re interested in the details, you should check out the game’s dev blog for all the details.
If you’re looking to try out the game for yourself, you can join the game’s Discord server in order to find an opponent. In other NES news, Lego recently revealed a very analog take on the original NES, complete with the original Super Mario Bros. and CRT television–all made out of Lego bricks.
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