NERD (Nintendo European Research & Development) is a European subsidiary, formerly known as mobiclip. It’s developed several key technologies for Nintendo, such as the “Super Stable 3D” for the New Nintendo 3DS, but also the Nintendo DS emulator for the Wii U, the technology enabling Wii games to be released on Wii U, and more.
Since they were one of the main contributors for the development of the NES Classic / NES Mini, it was to be expected they would also be involved in the development of the SNES Classic / SNES Mini. If you were wondering how Nintendo managed to get emulation running for games using the Super FX chip, then you should know it’s thanks to NERD. The rewind feature? Also thanks to NERD.
Here’s what they did for the SNES Classic / SNES Mini:
- Super FX support, bringing emulation of Yoshi’s Island, Star Fox, and Star Fox 2, a previously unreleased title, for the first time!
- The rewind feature, which enables you to redo a difficult section of a game without having to start at the beginning again
- A refined, tack sharp 4:3 mode with no aliasing
- Dynamic decorative frames that add color to all that unused space on modern 16:9 TVs
- Smoother menu to game transitions
Given NERD’s past works, it definitely would not be surprising if they played a central role in the development of the Virtual Console service on Nintendo Switch. If GameCube games were truly to come to the platform, there’s no doubt NERD would be one of the key players in making that a reality.
Thanks The Guy With the Kirby Avatar for the heads up!