virtual boy

The badly failed Nintendo’s virtual boy was first introduced in 1995 and it is the first largely produced VR headset in 90’s. The device was badly flopped and the company was forced to close the production due to zero sales.

The first released device’s major issues made the owners shut down the production are the motion sickness issues, the headset’s all red color palette and its flat selection of games. The virtual Boy was a great loss for Nintendo.

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Few old Virtual Boy titles which were pretty good are now modified by the unofficial emulator. It is with the advanced VR technology, a Reddit user who calls himself “The-King-of-Spain” brings back the games to Google cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR which are originally designed to run on the heavy old VR headsets.

The king of Spain explains, to get the game up and running all you need is a compatible Android smartphone, superior RetroArch emulator (all other necessary virtual Boy ROMs) and cardboard compatible VR headset. Now, you need to tweak the emulator’s settings to enjoy the games.

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“After about 30 minutes of play time, I’m not experiencing any of the Virtual Boy’s trademark motion sickness,” writes The-King-of-Spain. “There’s also something to be said for playing the games in grayscale instead of the headache-inducing red. It’s pretty cool to see Virtual Boy games in their full stereoscopic glory, but the added depth doesn’t seem to add much value gameplay-wise.”

Earlier this year, Nintendo said that it was researching VR Technology once again  but it has not confirmed launch of any new products or plans. Well, after 20 years of the great fall, this is a wonderful move. We would never have had the chance to play these old classic games, if they were not ported out to new platforms.  Thanks to the RetroArch emulator.


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