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News: Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platform, Claims Analyst Firm Digi-Capital

Nintendo NX Might Be The First Social VR Platform, Claims Analyst Firm Digi-Capital

Virtual insanity?

It's no secret that the Virtual Boy - which recently had it's 20 year anniversary - wasn't the greatest success for Nintendo. Launched in 1995 to almost complete consumer apathy in North America, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following year. Could this negative experience in launching a VR product have put...

Anniversary: The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

The Virtual Boy Is 20 Years Old Today

Nintendo's most famous failure is getting on a bit

According to the history books, the Virtual Boy is Nintendo's biggest failure — both commercially and critically — in the hardware arena. Launched 20 years ago today on 21st July 1995 in Japan to almost complete consumer apathy, it bypassed Europe entirely and was discontinued the following...

News: Fan Ports Hideo Kojima's Cyberpunk Classic, Snatcher, to the Virtual Boy

Fan Ports Hideo Kojima's Cyberpunk Classic, Snatcher, to the Virtual Boy

In honour of a fellow Virtual Boy fan that passed away

The Virtual Boy is a true oddity in Nintendo's history - though the company has acknowledged the curious system recently, it was largely ignored for years due to its status as the company's biggest ever flop. Never even released in Europe, it was undeniably a commercial disaster for the famous...

News: Punching Robots (In 3D!) With The Virtual Boy's Teleroboxer

Punching Robots (In 3D!) With The Virtual Boy's Teleroboxer

Even Rocky couldn't handle these metallic brutes

Once more, we dip into the red and black-hued land of the Virtual Boy, with yet another 3D video for your enjoyment! Do you like Punch-Out!!? Silly question, of course you do. Well, what if it was in 3D and had robots? Teleroboxer makes this dream a reality. Watch as we duck, dip, dive duck and...

Video: See the Virtual Boy's Star Fox Wannabe, Red Alarm, In 3D Via Your New Nintendo 3DS

See the Virtual Boy's Star Fox Wannabe, Red Alarm, In 3D Via Your New Nintendo 3DS

We hope you like red lines

Thanks to the power of the New Nintendo 3DS's updated Internet Browser, you are now able to watch YouTube videos in 3D. We've been using this little-known feature to bring you a series of videos based around the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's first attempt at 3D gaming from the mid '90s. For our third look through the visor...

Video: Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Watch The Virtual Boy's Galactic Pinball In Full 3D On Your New Nintendo 3DS

Wiz, ball!

Last week, we experimented with releasing a 3D video of Virtual Boy Wario Land, and you said you wanted more. So we're giving you more! Released in 1995, does Galactic Pinball successfully translate the exciting, fast gameplay of pinball, with the addition of migraines? In this video, we take a look and quickly realise that we're not...

News: Finally, Street Fighter II Has Been Ported To The Nintendo Virtual Boy

Finally, Street Fighter II Has Been Ported To The Nintendo Virtual Boy

Because, why not?

Street Fighter II was massive back in the day. After launching on the SNES it would be ported to practically every other games machine on the face of the planet, including the monochrome Game Boy. One format that didn't get it was the ill-fated Virtual Boy - understandable when you consider how much of a commercial bomb it was -...

News: The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn't Received a Celebratory Cake

We still love it

The Virtual Boy is 19 years old in North America today, having arrived in the region on 14th August 1995. It doesn't have a European anniversary to celebrate, as it never had a release in the region. It's a system that shows us a few aspects of Nintendo that remain today, in some ways representing its key strengths. Nintendo...

News: Virtual Boy Port of Faceball Is Getting A Physical Release

Virtual Boy Port of Faceball Is Getting A Physical Release

ROM will be uploaded to the net for free once all copies are sold

It would seem that Nintendo's much-maligned Virtual Boy console is undergoing something of a renaissance at present. Last month we reported that Bound High - a Virtual Boy game which never saw the light of day when the console was originally released - had gone into production...

News: Virtual Boy Title Bound High Goes Into Production 16 Years Late

Virtual Boy Title Bound High Goes Into Production 16 Years Late

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...

News: Today Would Have Been Gunpei Yokoi's 71st Birthday

Today Would Have Been Gunpei Yokoi's 71st Birthday

Play a game of Tetris in his honour

Gunpei Yokoi was one of Nintendo's original star employees. His inventions made the company millions, with the Game & Watch series kick-starting a period of portable dominance for the firm which was cemented further by the launch of the insanely successful Game Boy - possibly Yokoi's most enduring legacy...

News: Miyamoto: Virtual Boy Games on 3DS Could Happen

Miyamoto: Virtual Boy Games on 3DS Could Happen

Keeps a strange photo in his console

Late last year, Reggie Fils-Aime invited Virtual Boy fans to speak up if they wanted Virtual Boy games on the 3DS, and lately the question came up again, this time pitched to Shigeru Miyamoto. GameSpot asked Miyamoto-san if there was interest in bringing Virtual Boy games to 3DS, to which the great man replied:...

News: Discover Nintendo's 3D Legacy with Our Virtual Boy Coverage

Discover Nintendo's 3D Legacy with Our Virtual Boy Coverage

3DS's granddaddy featured

You might be getting all geared-up for the new 3DS, but it's not the first dedicated 3D console from Nintendo: that honour belongs to the good old Virtual Boy, the now notorious machine that launched in the mid 1990s. Now is the perfect time, with 3DS just around the corner, to revisit the machine's creation, games and its...

News: iFixit Tears the Virtual Boy Down to Prevent Gamers from Tearing Their Hair Out

iFixit Tears the Virtual Boy Down to Prevent Gamers from Tearing Their Hair Out

All you need to know should you attempt to fix one

Why call out a plumber when you can fix the problem yourself? Why buy a sandwich when you can make your own for less? Perhaps more annoying than blocked u-bends and fancy lunches where the bread costs more than the meat is when electrical goods breakdown. Machines are supposed to just work – and when they don't, some of us consumers want to be..

News: Gunpei Yokoi Gets The Legacy Treatment

Gunpei Yokoi Gets The Legacy Treatment

The father of handheld gaming gets remembered in a hands-on tribute

Gunpei Yokoi pretty much created the handheld gaming market. His line of Game & Watch systems eventually paved the way for Nintendo's full-fledged portable gaming system, the Game Boy, also created by Yokoi. Before making video games though, he created a slew of toys that helped...

News: Unfinished Virtual Boy Game Bound High Finally Released

Unfinished Virtual Boy Game Bound High Finally Released

Unfinished title sees the red light of day at last

There's nothing we love more here at Nintendo Life than a good story of triumph against the odds: a plumber defeating a fire-breathing lizard; a hedgehog stopping the plans of an evil genius; and the continued hard work of ardent fans that finally saw Bound High, an unreleased Virtual Boy game, to a playable status. A few years ago, the game's..

News: A $50,000 Cure for Virtual Boy Headaches

A $50,000 Cure for Virtual Boy Headaches

Play it on the TV with this handy accessory!

3D gaming is on the cusp of being cool again after some of the remarkable damage done to its reputation by Nintendo's less-than stellar Virtual Boy machine. The onset of eyestrain and headaches did the machine no favours, but if you've picked one up and fancy playing it on a more comfortable surface, such as your prize gaming TV, your time has come..