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Topic: Was the Virtual Boy too ahead of its time!?

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RobNYC1977

So I got the new issue of Game Informer today (why I get this magazine, I don't know.. But I do love when I come home from work and it's in my mailbox and I get a bit of old school joy of flipping through a physical magazine hahaha)

I whipped out my Virtual Boy for this picture (the controller is in a box somewhere), but I always have my VB out on display (even though NO ONE sees my gameroom, it makes me feel good).

What games were good on this? I have Mario Tennis, the Wario game (i think), Teleroboxer, and one other one that I can't recall right now. This VB I bought on craigslist a while back and it worked for a bit, but then the screen started getting farty and I think needs to be repaired. Is it worth repairing? I LOVE it, but I am SO excited for the new VR stuff to come out, especially for racing games. I wish there was a racing game on the original VB. It also never looked 3D to me. Even playing 3DS on 3D all the way, it doesn't seem THAT dramatic to me, am I missing something? My vision is good.

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How can I add a picture to this post?

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Rumorlife

Personally I think so, because we ended up with the 3DS eventually anyway. I don't think we absolutely needed the VB to make the eventual leap to the 3DS because the popularity of 3D in general was low and struggled before and after the VB almost up until like 8 years ago, when it finally became more of a thing. But you can pack away an idea and bring it back out later with improvements and during the right time and people will go crazy, which is basically what Nintendo got a chance to do.

To add an image put
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RobNYC1977

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RobNYC1977

That didn't work out so well. I put it in my profile pic instead.

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Rumorlife

Change the { to brackets though, don't press shift when you press the [. I can't type it out because it inserts a broken image if I type the code out.

You can say that Nintendo and Apple share similar stories of packing away future tech for later. (even if you hate apple it works anyway)
They had tablets and mobile phones in the late 80's and early 90's, it didn't sell well. Come back 20 years later and now they're making the most money. Same with Nintendo. VB = cool concept, makes you sick, and doesn't actually work out. Come back 20 years later and the 3DS is arguably the top selling dedicated console this gen.

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Tasuki

People don't realize that the Virtual Boy never met it's full potential. It was released way too soon in development so the team that was working on it could be moved to the N64 so it could be launched ahead of schedule. Honestly if it wasn't for Nintendo wanting to rush out the N64 the Virtual Boy probably would have been alot better.

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GamecubeMan

If anything it was behind its time. There is nothing innovative about a poorly implemented idea. On top of that it was horribly non user friendly. Anything can have potential. Even an awful console like the virtual boy so "potential" means nothing.

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SuperWiiU

There were many, more advanced, similar units before the VB(though not released as a stand alone gaming console). The VB was way too limited. It wasn't VR as there was no headtracking and the graphics were just black & white. It was basically a Gameboy with a very cheap 3D screen. Even the NES had a 3D system for games like Rad Racer that was more advanced.

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