3-D WorldRunner (NES)

The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner (NES)


The 3-D Battles of WorldRunner or 3-D WorldRunner for short was a fairly early game for the NES. It was developed by Square and published in North America by Acclaim in 1987. It was pretty advanced for its time. 3-D WorldRunner was essentially an early 3D 3rd person platform shooter.

While 3-D WorldRunner was a 3D platform game of sorts, it wasn’t in a completely open world. It was a shooter on rails and is somewhat similar to games like Space Harrier. As you would expect, there are items to collect and enemies to avoid or destroy. Jumping plays a large role in the game but you can only move in a forward direction. One other unique aspect of this game was that it really was in 3D. It came with a pair of Red/Blue (Cyan) glasses and had a 3D mode that you could switch to with the appropriate colors to make it work.

3-D WorldRunner generally got positive reviews. The 3D mode is a novelty more than anything but it was pretty neat for the time. While it borrows heavily from Space Harrier, it’s still a pretty fun game. Finding a copy complete in the box is fairly difficult mainly because of the glasses. You don’t necessarily need the original glasses to use the 3D mode as these kind of glasses have been used for various 3D things for a long time. However, I don’t know how well the effect works on modern monitors or via emulation. At any rate, if you are an NES fan, this is one worth having though perhaps not at the complete in box cost.



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