Remember when we reported back in 2017 that the Virtual Boy – one of Nintendo's biggest commercial flops – was getting new software thanks to VUEngine? Well, one such game is being made available in demo form, and the surprises don't end there. It's also coming with support for a new unofficial Rumble Pack accessory.
Capitán Sevilla 3D is based on the 2010 title Capitán Sevilla 2 by Rubén Garcerá Soto, which itself is a tribute to Capitán Sevilla, which launched on the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and MSX in 1988.
In 2018, the team behind the game rebuilt it using VUEngine, 'remastering' the game to take advantage of the Virtual Boy's 3D display. A demo has been released which "contains all areas of the original 2010 demo, Rubén’s new sprites, updated game mechanics, newly remastered backgrounds for even more stereo depth, music and sound effects."
The project was put on hold in 2019 due to funding issues, but it's now up and running again, and it will support Kevin Mellott's forthcoming Virtual Boy Rumble Pack. Capitán Sevilla 3D will be the first publically available game to make use of the device.
The catch is that this is simply a demo and not a full game; however, the project isn't 'dead' as such; the source code is available on Github and Team VUEngine hope that someone else will pick it up and continue the work.
If you have a Virtual Boy flash cart you can play the demo right now, but those of you who don't own the hardware can play it online on Planet Virtual Boy.
Not releasing a Virtual Boy comp or single VC titles on the 3DS was a huge missed opportunity. Even their 3D Classics choices were baffling. Urban Champion?
Weak gameplay with gorgeous graphics on a terrible platform.
I mean, that‘s cool and all, but who asked for this? Besides, the music and sound effects hurt my ears.
I really REALLY miss my Virtual Boy. It died because of the infamous ribbon cable perishing - watched a tutorial on how to fix it and made it a million times worse. Now it's just a sad pointless robot like chicken living sad and alone in my spare room.
Release it for modern VR-Headsets !
@sleepinglion 100% agree.
Anyone who's played say Virtual Boy Wario Land knows it's genuinelly pretty brilliant, and a stereoscopic 3D version running on 3DS would have just been very cool to see.
There's quite a few Virtual Boy games that could have worked great on 3DS, and the library is so small that Nintendo almost could have just released single Virtual Boy Compilation or something like that and be done with it.
But that's Nintendo for you.
Eat that, Vita!
@Steel76 how can you play them on there? Is a gaming pc needed?
I’m waiting for a Dragon Hopper ROM leak. That would be fantastic.
Release it on the Switch cardboard VR thing!
@NerdyBoutKirby So true, Dragon Hopper and Zero Racers would be the ultimate VB treats.
@Steel76 cheers, mate! I'll look into it. Sounds super cool!
Rooftop music is good. The rest is... not
@Steel76 Nothing! Is finer than using a Virtual Boy! 🤣🤦🏻♂️😉
@sleepinglion 1000% VBVC on the 3DS would have been amazing.
@RandomNerds Right on, man. 3DS choices baffled me at the time. They neglected their own 3D library. No Virtual Boy, and the one 3D title I owned on NES, Rad Racer, was passed over in their 3D Classics line for Urban Champion. At the very least, a single VC release of a Virtual Boy title to test the waters would have been ridiculously easy for them
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