The Virtual Boy was released 20 years ago in Japan


Virtual Reality might be the hot ticket in tech right now but 20 years ago it was Nintendo leading the charge in VR tech. Now the Virtual Boy has almost as much tech in it now as a calculator does and products like the Oculus Rift make it look like a babies toy. If you wanted babies with vision problems that is.

The Virtual Boy was released in Japan 20 years ago as of yesterday, it made it to America too and sold poorly in both regions. Nintendo had some sense and never released it here in Australia and neither in Europe either.


The system had a meagre 22 titles for it, most of them terrible and of course the red-only screen caused more eye problems than looking into the sun. If only Nintendo were to port these games to the Nintendo 3DS, least then everyone could enjoy Virtual Boy Wario Land which is the only decent game amongst them (and not go blind).

Did anyone ever pick up one of these? We have one here at Vooks HQ and well its nice to look at – not much fun to play. A bizarre mis-step in Nintendo’s history but an interesting one none the less.

Let us know what you think of the Virtual Boy in the comments.

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  • toejam
    July 22, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Bought one in Japan last year pretty much new in box for about $200. Only got one game for it which was the golf game, not a great showcase thats for sure. Ive got 6more games on the way from Yamatoku. Cant wait to play some Jack bros on it. Happy 20th VB (it was released on my birthday and shares my initials too!!)

  • Johnson
    July 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I wish I owned one with all the games!

    Better yet remaster them and put all of the games on the 3DS eShop!

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