Whenever the developer Game Freak is mentioned, you probably think about the mainline Pokémon video game series. That's not the only series it has worked on over the years, though. Little Town Hero is coming to the Switch later this month and there was a point in the Japanese company's history when it had an idea for a Virtual Boy title.
During a rapid-fire interview with Game Informer, Pokémon Sword and Shield producer Junichi Masuda was asked if the studio had considered developing a Virtual Boy title. Surprisingly, Masuda said Game Freak did have something in mind and it would have been a brand-new IP if it did go ahead. Unfortunately, Game Freak didn't act fast enough:
Yeah, by the time we were really getting around to it, the system was on the way out. I mean I really liked it, personally.
At the time of its release, the Virtual Boy was universally panned by critics and is considered to be Nintendo's worst system of all-time. Somehow, though, the 32-bit table-top console featuring a red monochrome head-mounted display has been able to bounce back over the years and has developed a cult following.
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