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 legacy.

The development of the machine was filled with plenty of hardships, as you can read in our Feature: The Making of the Virtual Boy. GameBoy creator Gunpei Yokoi was the man behind the 3D system, but it sold just 800,000 units, and its failure accelerated his departure from Nintendo. The full feature is a welcome insight into one of Nintendo's rare hardware failures.

Aside from that, we have a complete list of Virtual Boy reviews, with all 22 games rated and ranked. From the superb Virtual Boy Wario Land to the truly dire Waterworld and everything in between, we have verdicts on all Virtual Boy software.

If all this 3D fever gets you itching to splash out on a Virtual Boy, see if this stupendously rare complete Virtual Boy collection tickles your fancy, a snip at just over $8,000. Perhaps if you ask nicely, you may even see Virtual Boy games on 3DS thanks to the wonders of Virtual Console.