The forgotten Virtual Boy [バーチャルボーイ] – 3D Game System Display (1995)

Nintendo Virtual Boy

Nintendo’s failed Virtual Reality experiment, the Virtual Boy was a RISC-based 32-bit system, which produced high-resolution red 3D images against a deep black background using two mirror-scanning LED (Light Emitting Diode) displays. The 3D experience was enhanced through stereo sound and a double-grip controller that accommodates multidirectional spatial movement. It was powered by either six AA batteries or a seperately sold AC-adapter. Released back in 1995 only in Japan and the USA, the system suffered mainly from missing software support and disappeared a year later from the market, quietly and without any official word. Only 23 games were officially released. Two of them were Mario games.

Mario Clash
Mario Clash
Mario Clash (1995)

Mario's Tennis

Mario's Tennis
Mario’s Tennis (1995)

Virtual Boy Wario Land

Virtual Boy Wario Land

Virtual Boy Wario Land (1995)

Here are the boxshots from Mario’s Tennis, Mario Clash and Virtual Boy Wario Land:

Virtual Boy

Virtual Boy

Here’s the japanese TV commercial:

Here’s the amercian promotional TV commercial:

Here’s the Virtual Boy Wario Land commercial:

Here’s the american Virtual Boy Mario Clash:

Try out Reality Boy on Windows or ViBE on Macintosh. Those emulators run great and even have 3D glass support! But please don’t ask here for roms.

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