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N-World, Mirai, and Nendo
Developer(s)Nichimen Graphics, Inc.
Stable release
3.2 / January 1999; 24 years ago (January 1999)
Written inCommon Lisp
Operating systemIRIX, Windows
Type3D computer graphics

N-World is a 3D graphics package developed by Nichimen Graphics in the 1990s, for Silicon Graphics and Windows NT workstations. Intended primarily for video game content creation, it has polygon modeling tools, 2D and 3D paint, scripting, color reduction, and exporters for several popular game consoles.

After its initial release on Windows NT, N-World was renamed Mirai. The winged edge 3D modeler in N-World inspired the development at Nichimen Graphics of Nendo, a standalone 3D modeler, which in turn inspired the open source modeler Wings 3D.


N-World originated with Symbolics, a computer manufacturer notable for producing Lisp-based systems in the 1980s. Among the software packages that were produced for Symbolics computers are S-Graphics, a 3D animation suite that includes modules for polygon modeling, dynamics, paint, and rendering — titled S-Geometry, S-Dynamics, S-Paint, and S-Render, respectively.[1] In 1992, Japanese trading company Nichimen Corporation purchased the rights to S-Graphics, ported it to Silicon Graphics IRIX, and marketed it as N-World.

N-World retains the Lisp-based underpinnings of its predecessor,[2] but was targeted at interactive content producers,[3] with features useful for game developers. It was priced at US$16,995 (equivalent to $31,000 in 2022) for the full suite, later reduced to $9,995 when ported to Windows NT in 1997.[4]

N-World was used to create graphics for many console games in the 1990s, including Super Mario 64 and Final Fantasy VII.[5] It was superseded by Mirai in 1999.[6]


The N-World package, like its predecessor S-Graphics, is divided into several components:[7]

  • N-Geometry: 3D polygon-based modeling tools, including smoothing, "magnet" geometry editing, and instancing.
  • N-Dynamics: Animation tools including scripting, curve-based animation, and skeletal animation.
  • N-Render: Surfacing and rendering tools with ray tracing and materials output to various game console formats.
  • N-Paint: 2D and 3D paint with mattes, effects, color reduction, and a visual VRAM editor for PlayStation.
  • Game Tools: Utilities for game developers, including exporters for PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Saturn consoles.


The following games were created using N-World.[8]

  • Rap Stars Online


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  2. ^ "Franz Inc Customer Applications: Nichimen Graphics". franz.com. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Alias. "Nichimen Graphics and Alias Wavefront Announce Collaborative Agreement". prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on February 20, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "ACCL Message Board - Msg: 1910481". Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Super Mario 64 was built with a system written in Lisp - Hacker News". news.ycombinator.com.
  6. ^ "My primary focus in life has been computer graphics, and my first language... - Hacker News". ycombinator.com. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "N-World 3.0 Online Documentation". aaronjamesrogers.com. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Rules are Changing". Game Developer Magazine. Vol. 5, no. 5. Miller Freeman Inc. May 1998. p. 37.

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