Microsoft shows how to run .NET on an NES

Microsoft does what Nintendon't

05 June 2024
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Over the last decade or so, Nintendo and Microsoft have become quite close with one another…business-wise. Microsoft and Nintendo have worked together on countless deals, and Microsoft has even brought over a bunch of their games to the Switch. Now we see that respect for one another continue, and in a very interesting way.

The official Microsoft Developer YouTube Channel has just uploaded a video showcasing how to get .NET running on a Nintendo Entertainment System. Microsoft dev Jonathan Peppers walks us through a “hobby project” of making the C# program run on Nintendo’s breakthrough console. This talk covers topics like reverse engineering, opcodes, MSIL, binary formats, and much much more!

This video is one of many sessions delivered for the Microsoft Build 2024 event. As for Peppers himself, he’s a Microsoft engineer on the Android workload for .NET. Last but not least, for those who don’t know, .NET is a free and open-source, managed computer software framework for Windows, Linux, and macOS…and now NES!

Thanks to Jeremy for the heads up!

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