Earlier this year, the Virtual Boy made a surprise cameo in the Labo VR Kit. Despite being considered as the worst video game system Nintendo has ever created, its legacy somehow continues to live on. It's now returning once again, this time in the upcoming Switch release Luigi's Mansion 3.
Following on from the Game Boy Horror in the original Luigi's Mansion and the Dual Scream in the 3DS sequel is the Virtual Boo – a brand new device Professor E. Gadd shares with Luigi early on in the third outing to allow the pair to communicate with each other at all times. Here's how the professor describes it:
It's a state-of-the-art virtual-reality device fitted with a fancy red screen! Really cutting-edge stuff! And red is all the rage, you know?
Just wait until I finish the marketing materials on this! It'll fly off the shelves! Heh heh heh!
When Luigi is being contacted by the professor, a VB icon will appear on the screen. He then puts the red monochrome head-mounted display up to his face (it's just like the real thing). All of these exchanges between Luigi and E.Gadd have a Virtual Boy filter – bringing back some not-so-fond memories. See for yourself below:
What do you think about the Virtual Boy making a comeback in Luigi's Mansion 3? Tell us down below.
I absolutely love this.
Aha yes, YES, Y E S!
Brings back memories of nausea... smart nintendo.
That is adorable! Can’t wait to pick this up, turn off the porch light, and play all Halloween night.
“It’ll fly off the shelves” At least they have a good sense of humor about it, most companies just act like failed products didn’t exist. Apple’s game console anyone?
I'll admit Dark Moon did have plenty of funny moments and all that, I'm pretty sure this game will be no different.
I still wished the original game was on Switch, though. >.<
When you see life through rose tinted boys, all the red flags just look like flags.
@aznable Bojack reference?
I previously read about this, but, to the editor, please know that some people would appreciate a spoiler warning, since small suprises like this are a large part of the charm and appeal.
Oh my gosh this is pure genius. Can't wait to play it with my kids on Halloween night!
I’m so excited for this game.
I'm still disappointed the Dual Scream in Dark Moon wasn't called the Ghoul Screen or Nintendo DS Frite.
Yes, Professor. It'll fly off the shelves... Right into the Bargain Bins.
Comedy gold here
So awesome can't wait !
I honestly assumed third game would have a Wii Boo or something like that when they first announced it, but this has a lot more charm to it
"It'll fly off the shelves!"
Oh Nintendo, your tongue-in-cheek humor is at times quite endearing!
@jangonov I was going to write something similar. Thank you for saying this.
This is the most love Nintendo has shown for the VB ever!
"All hail the Virtual Boy"
@NESlover85 @jangonov Yeah, I'd heard this game was gonna have something like the previous two did, but I didn't look into it any further because I wanted to be surprised. A simple spoiler warning in the title instead of just spelling it out would be nice.
Love things like this, even though I've never tried a virtual boy
Looking forward to this game, it looks like Luigi's best outing yet
There is a retro game shop in Osaka I like to visit that has a Virtual Boy set up for people to try. Gave me a headache in about 5 minutes. It's a shame, since a few of the games on it were pretty darn fun and the controller was pretty unique.
Fun fact: Many big retailers such as Toys R Us received only two Virtual Boy units at launch in 1995. Any wonder why it barely sold, ignoring the obvious?
The Virtual Boy is Luigi's best navigator yet!
The Virtual Boy lives on!!!
That's cool. This game is top of my Christmas wish-list this year.
Love this. Show's Nintendo isn't afraid of laughing at itself.
I get it now, Virtual Boo! Sorry everyone, I was a bit slow on the uptake there.
Anyway, can't wait for this.
I thought "All hail the Virtual Boy" in Tomodachi Life was the best dig at the VB.
This surpasses that. Especially the "Just wait until I finish the marketing materials on this! It'll fly off the shelves! Heh heh heh!" comment.
Absolutely amazing. I love it. I was wondering where they'd go off the back of the GBC and DS, and was expecting a WiiU pad or something. But this has surpassed my expectations to the nth degree, and has made me incredibly happy!
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I remember going to the local toys r us and seeing the virtual boy among other video game systems behind a glass cabinet. There was a tube tv demonstrating the aforementioned devices and a kid my age was playing it for a moment. I didn’t get a chance to play with it but I remember going back a few weeks later and the device was removed, never to be seen again. Hilarious to think about, to this day. Funnily enough- I work in the building where that old toy store once was now.
It would have been cool to see this on the 3DS, for an even more authentic recreation.
@SimplyCinnamon53 Well sega definitely acknowledges Sonic 06 if that makes you feel better!
Guys come on.... I saw an article a long time ago about one of the directors/developers saying he wasn’t ready to reveal the device just yet. And so I decided I’d keep it a surprise... I even avoided an article from Kotaku yesterday that called it out. But you guys put it right in the headline :/
Oh well.. I’m not mad but yknow.
I'm also a little disappointed that I saw this here and not in the game. Not a huge deal, but a spoiler warning would have been nice.
That's awesome, but I agree with others....you're really spoiling the good moments of the game NL....that's not cool at all.
As weird as it may seem I'm more compelled to want this game than I was before reading this.
I have the 1st (both releases), had the 2nd but dumped it as the design kind of sucked and bored me. But this one I know is more a mix of the two but more smartly handled supposedly like the original. So throw in the big nod to the Virtual Boy and I'm amused.
I've got the full US set and then some for the VB, so yeah a fan.
Shame they NEVER released any Virtual Boy games on 3DS VC
I'm surprised the Game Boy Horror, portrait ghosts etc. from the Luigi's Mansion series are not/have not made appearances as Spirits in Smash Ultimate. Is it me, or is it odd I want almost everything made as Spirits in Smash Ultimate?
go back to the gameboy horror. (or at least let us pick between the two)
Whaaaaaaat? Do I make subtle changes to quotes? Sure. Do I love the show Bojack Horseman? Absolutely. Does the show understand me in ways that I can never truly express to those closest to me? Undoubtedly. But did I make a Bojack Horseman reference? The answer is "no!"
That is very cool!
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