News Article

Virtual Boy Title Bound High Goes Into Production 16 Years Late

Posted by Damien McFerran

Better late than never

Bound High was originally shown at the 1996 E3, but like all of the other Virtual Boy games demonstrated at that event, ended up being cancelled when it was clear that the console's fate was sealed. Since then, the game has become famous with hardcore Virtual Boy fans, with its source code floating around the web and a playable ROM becoming available in 2010.

Now, 16 years after the console was discontinued following abysmal sales, Virtual Boy fans are finally getting to play a proper, physical version of Bound High. The game has been produced by a team of just three people, including Richard Hutchinson - who creates the cartridges using existing Virtual Boy software - and Vince Clemente, who handles the packaging and box design. You can read the whole story over at Wired, and it's a fascinating insight into the mind of a true retro collector.

There's life in that red headache-inducing console yet, it would seem.

[via wired.com]

More Stories

User Comments (42)

kkslider5552000

#3

kkslider5552000 said:

Hahahaha wow. Watch as the game is completely mediocre. But it is cool that people will go to such lengths for a cancelled game.

Bones00

#4

Bones00 said:

Oh man how I'll miss those NP promotional flyers in my Nintendo games. I just received the final issue in the mail.

Schprocket

#6

Schprocket said:

@kkslider5552000 I was going to say "Yeah, a bit like the free Megaman game" but I think the mob are still thirsting for blood.... ;) and miss the point that I meant being "the lengths people will go to"

XCWarrior

#7

XCWarrior said:

Hahahaha... oh they are serious. Yeah, 3DS eshop for this, if they really care that much.

SuperKMx

#8

SuperKMx said:

This is why I love this place. Retro coverage doesn't get a back seat, as it does everywhere else. Celebrate the Retro!

Omega

#9

Omega said:

On the photo are 19 copies of the game. Are there really so many people who own this system?

AENIGMA

#10

AENIGMA said:

I still have my VB with 8 games, if the price is right, I might buy a copy :) I remember wanting the game all those years ago.

Banker-Style

#11

Banker-Style said:

At least they didn't have to make hundreds of thousands of these games,they just had to make tens.

iphys

#12

iphys said:

Yeah, they should totally bring this to VC if Nintendo isn't too ashamed of the Virtual Boy to allow it.

Luigifan141

#14

Luigifan141 said:

Does anyone know where I can buy this? I've been looking around and come across no copies of the game. Being a proud owner of all 14 American Virtual Boy games, I would like to add this to my collection.

Vampire-Jekyll

#15

Vampire-Jekyll said:

That NP ad makes it all the more authentic.

It also makes me really sad that NP is gone... too soon Nintendo Life... too soon...

Whopper744

#16

Whopper744 said:

I would try this probably if I had a Virtual Boy, but my eye sight is bad enough without hunting down one of those on ebay

SirQuincealot

#17

SirQuincealot said:

so i'm thinking, its been long enough now that maybe nitendo should consider bringing the virtual boy back, its worked well with some of there other old products that failed

paburrows

#18

paburrows said:

Oh when I saw this article I assumed that it was being made for the 3DS e-shop, they should have done that. probably would have been more work though converting it?

Tasuki

#19

Tasuki said:

I dont know I never got a headache from the Virtual Boy now the 3DS on the other hand.

So any chance that their will be a review on this game from NL?

AENIGMA

#21

AENIGMA said:

Nintendo should remake some of the VB games for the 3DS eShop, adding color to them (instead of Red/Black). Virtual Boy Wario Land is an amazing game and would even better in vibrant color.

Shworange

#22

Shworange said:

It would be cool to see virtual boy games on the 3DS. I doubt Nintendo would however. I think they just want to forget the games of that era. Which is a shame, the 3DS would be the perfect forum for them.

allav866

#24

allav866 said:

The Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed all games for the VBoy, except for Jack Bros., which he eventually got a hold of, then updated his review for it. Think he'd revisit the Virtual Boy to play one more game?

ogo79

#25

ogo79 said:

you guys dont understand, bound high is earthbound for virtual boy

SCAR392

#26

SCAR392 said:

3DS WOULD be the best option for re-releasing these games. I hope they do, but they won't do it in color if at all I think... I've only seen a couple Virtual Boy consoles, but they were being sold for a $100 w/o any games. Not a bad deal if you still consider so rare that it's new, but I'd rather miss out on an old 'failed' console, than get a couple Wii U games. $10 on 3DS VC Nintendo! Doesn't this infringe Nintendo's logo use and stuff, or are all the companies letting fan work happen now?

Dauntless

#27

Dauntless said:

So are they illegally manufacturing Nintendo games? This will be interesting to see Nintendo start suing if these go for big bucks on eBay.

DarkEdi

#28

DarkEdi said:

I want it, but i´m in Mexico, i don´t know a store with this game.

But if this game is launched in 2012 it needs to be "E" not "K-A".

NImH

#30

NImH said:

Wow. Why don't we get VB releases on VC? I'd love to finally get to play those strange and oft-forgotten titles!

Dreammary

#31

Dreammary said:

@kkslider5552000
It's actually the second best game on Virtual Boy right behind Wario Land. That's why after 2 years it got a full release because people are so amazed by the level of fun.

Dreammary

#32

Dreammary said:

@Dauntless
Unlikely because the production numbers are low, They are stopping at 60 copies. Nintendo has never sued any repro maker because the supplies for each game are low and they never intend anything for Virtual Boy. Nintendo even stated they will never rerelease any VB games.

treeofmana

#33

treeofmana said:

This is so great! I remember reading about this game in my Nintendo Power. I would love to play this on my Virtual Boy. It is a great system and one that you really can't emulate elsewhere. Tis an experience all its own. I would love to see competent home brew games packages in cartridges and sold.

Lobster

#34

Lobster said:

Oh wow. I would never, ever play the game, but look at all the love that went into that packaging! That's amazing. All the inserts and everything.

treeofmana

#35

treeofmana said:

Hmm, after reading the Wired article I was disheartened to hear these were made with donar carts. I would feel much better if I knew no original carts were hurt in the making of this reproduction.

Lobster

#36

Lobster said:

@DarkEdi
No, it should be "K-A." It's trying to look like it would have if it was made back then. Hence the ad for Nintendo Power as well.

Rod64

#37

Rod64 said:

We should have Virtual Boy games on the VC of the 3DS. In full 3D of course.

kurtasbestos

#38

kurtasbestos said:

For some reason I think it's the coolest thing in the world [of video games] when people release a game for a system that is no longer being supported. It's kind of the opposite of new hardware and sequels being released all the time that seem to send the message "HAY IDIOT THROW OUT YOUR OLD GAMES AND SYSTEMS ALREADY". I hope Virtual Boy fans buy every last copy of this game.

sykotek

#39

sykotek said:

@Starwolf_UK: Thanks for providing the link. I was interested and at $75, I would've purchased one for sure, but the shipping charge really kills it for me on this one. At just a hair short of a hundred dollars, I can't do it.

Dreammary

#40

Dreammary said:

@Rod64
Nintendo of America president has stated many times that he feels as though the failure of VZb is not worth returning to and that releasing games from a failed system would not be worthwhile.

So yea, owning a VB is the only way to get the experience of these games. VB emulation doesn't work unless done on Wii via a 3D television (sing the side by side overlay function), that's the closest anyone has gotten.

Harley

#41

Harley said:

Looks great. The character on the boxart kind of reminds me of PulseMan for some reason. It's always fun to see unreleased games see the day of light. Now, if they would just do this for Gex 4 or Bioforce Ape...

mikeyman64

#42

mikeyman64 said:

Ha! I just pulled my VB out the other day to dust it off and fire up some Wario. One of my favorite old school memories.

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...